Black nerds and their dating lives are the focus of a new series that features weekly confessions, hilarious audience reactions, and celebrity guests as an antidote to bad dates.
Launched on January 2, 2017, #BlerdDating is a weekly Twitter stories/chat mash-up party about dating from a blerd (Black nerd) POV. Each episode includes celebrity guests, live-tweeted Twitter stories, dating advice (some really good, some really, really bad), and great conversation. NAACP Image Award winner and acclaimed writer Tananarive Due will be a guest on Monday, March 20th.
#BlerdDating creator Leesa Dean says, “My dating life was a mess. I love Twitter stories, the intimate nature of [literary series] The Moth and thought, ‘Why don’t I create a chat about dating from a blerd POV that combines live-tweeting very personal Twitter stories around a weekly topic?’ Each episode feels like the coolest party you’ve ever been to, where friends are kicking it, laughing, and commiserating about their dating experiences. Since the confessions, all include memes, the experience of reading them real-time is almost cinematic.”
The combination works—nearly every episode has trended and the series has garnered more than 50 million impressions. Crowds are loving it and so are the celebrity guests. Rain Pryor; Karyn Parson; comic book legend Kyle Baker; Grammy Award winner Anthony Hamilton; comedian Rodney Perry; Dawnn Lewis; and celeb cosplayer LeeAnna Vamp, who stars in the new Syfy Channel series Cosplay Melee (hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown), have all participated. To join the chat, type #BlerdDating into the search bar on your Twitter page.