This is the first of a series on Empowered Youth and the work that they are doing for the world.
There are so many amazing youth in the world that are doing great work and are often unsung heroes or heroines . If you know anyone who is helping their community, empowering others or bringing the world together in respect, peace and love, Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am honoured to present Stacy-Ann Buchanan, a beautiful, glowing light in the world who helps to inform, support and motivate.
Stacy-Ann Buchanan is a professionally trained theater and film Actress with numerous theater productions, commercials and film credits under her belt. In 2012 she landed the title of Producer when she created and produced her first event, The Mystic Effect; a show that embodies music, poetry, dance, fashion and film. The overwhelming success of the show prompted her to create her own production company, Stacy-Ann Buchanan Productions and on April 28, 2013, her company was launched. On March 8, 2014 she was presented with the Entrepreneur Award at the International Women Achievement Awards. Stacy-Ann prides herself on being a budding Philanthropist and part proceeds from every The Mystic Effect show went towards a charity foundation. In 2014, she established the Stacy-Ann Buchanan Scholarship– a monetary gift that is given to a student entering his/her last year of high school or first year of College and pursuing Arts related studies or courses and is made available through the Jamaican Canadian Association. In October of 2014, she established herself as a Filmmaker by directing and producing her first documentary, the award winning, The Blind Stigma which discusses mental health within the Black community by chronicling and testifying the stories of five individuals (including herself) on their trials and triumphs with mental health. The Blind Stigma powerfully removes the veil of shame that clouds the topic of mental illness in the Black community, challenge that misconception, give a voice to Black Canadians living with mental illness and leaves the audience more informed and empowered. The documentary premiered on February 7, 2015 and has since won the Art with Impact award, featured on CP24, City TV, G98.7, AOL/MSN, The Huffington Post, Bell Let’s Talk and featured in several film festivals throughout North America. Stacy-Ann’s impact, work ethic and achievements in the community led her to being selected as one of 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada 2015 and was awarded the Young Fem Leader award for the same year. Adding to her credentials is her position as an Motivational Leader and Mental Health Advocate where she shares her intricately, powerful journey towards her success while inspiring others. Source: http://www.stacyannbuchanan.com/index.htm
World Poetry Café Radio Show Interview: http://www.coopradio.org/content/world-poetry-caf%C3%A9-el-mundo-de-la-poesia-1
World Poetry is celebrating their 10th anniversary Black History Month with a 5 minute short film to be featured on February 22, 6:30-8:30 pm Wednesday night at the New Westminster Public Library.
“Host Marce Miller will be introducing Stigma , a short doc on dealing with anxiety and depression, the 5 min version of the award winning documentary, The Blind Stigma.
Directed and Produced by Stacy-Ann Buchanan, this documentary discusses mental health within the Black community and chronicles and testifies the stories of five individuals (including Stacy-Ann) on their trials and triumphs with mental health. Within the Black community, mental health is deemed as a ‘Swept Under The Rug’ stigma that has been creating false illusions and assumptions for a long time. That stigma is the core component of the African Canadian response to mental illness, and therefore African Canadians who suffer from mental illness are less likely to seek treatment. As a result very few studies have been done on the impact of mental illness in the Black community. The Blind Stigma powerfully removes the veil of shame that clouds the topic of mental illness in the Black community, challenge that misconception, give a voice to Black Canadians living with mental illness and leaves the audience more informed and empowered.
To date, The Blind Stigma has been showcased in a few film festivals throughout North America, screened in the Caribbean and featured on several TV stations and media outlets within Canada including CP24, CityTV. G98.7 FM, Huffington Post, AOL/MSN, Bell Let’s Talk and Smile Jamaica, and now at the New Westminster Public Library.
To know more about Stacy-Ann please find her on
Facebook: Stacy-Ann Buchanan”