Celebrating a centennial – my favorite story from this week’s segment is about a great-grandmother from Houston who turned 100. I am always in awe of people who have lived so long and have seen an incredible amount in their life. Their experiences are so valuable and this great-grandmother – is a hoot! Also back in the news – R. Kelly. Are those cult allegations affecting his tour? Plus, actress Keke Palmer gets real about the pressures from society to maintain a certain image.
My goal with Brittaney’s Beat has always been to give a personal, fresh take on the stories I’m talking about. This week’s topics really hit home for me. I started off with Prince William and Prince Harry’s final phone call with their mother, Princess Diana , as revealed through their new documentary on her life. Then, I hit on some interesting allegations against Usher. I wrapped up with the MTV Video Music Award nominations, specifically how one of the nominees, Alessia Cara, stood out for me. Check it out below!
Deputy Darren Goforth’s death shook a community and I think you could really say — the nation. I’ve never seen complete strangers rally behind this man’s family the way the public has.
What was it that made everyone respond the way they did? Was it the way he was killed? The community’s outpouring of support has been stunning and it was clearly evidenced at the gas station the day this story was shot.
It was the first time that I’d been on a hard news assignment like this one. Even seeing the blue ribbons on the trees as we approached the gas station where the deputy was killed gave me chills. In that moment, everything that I’d heard about the story in the news (and written about it since I WORK in news) had become reality. The massive memorial was no longer just video or pictures used as broll for VO or SOTVO. It was live, right in front of me, with literally hundreds of people shuffling in and out, to pay their respects, take a picture, or just get a glimpse of it.
The ringing theme that stuck out to me from those interviewed was the deputy’s death was senseless. That was what the people we spoke to said repeatedly, bringing some of them to tears. It was difficult to watch them cry or feel that sadness. But it also gave me a taste of what I may experience as a reporter and further confirmed why I want to be in this profession – to do the stories that have value, give meaning and show we’re all in this together.
Take a look at my demo below. This did not air. I wrote the script.
I’m working with beauty blogger Nicole Kestenbaum to produce beauty videos for her lifestyle blog Lipstick and Brunch. We just finished her first video featuring a beauty recap of Nicole meeting celebrity make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury, a look at her favorite lip color picks for spring and her review of the jewelry loan program, Rocksbox.
I’m excited to be part of this opportunity as an editor and videographer! We plan on producing more videos that include interviews, beauty event coverage, tutorials and product reviews.
Check out the first one below. I’m always open to feedback!
It’s not everyday that I have the opportunity to interview talent from one of the largest TV markets in the country. So, when former KHOU Sports Director Butch Alsandor agreed to stop by HCCTV, I knew I had to dig deep to impress someone who has been in the industry for over two decades. It was an honor to interview Butch and learn about his experiences (plus – what he watches on Thursday nights!). Below are pictures from the set. You can watch the full interview here on the Videos page: http://brittaneywilmore.com/?page_id=14