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STORIES with IMPACT – A Fireside Chat on Clubhouse

On Thurs. February 24th at 7:00 PM ET, join the Black TV & Film Collective for a fireside chat on social responsibility and storytelling – on Clubhouse!

This fireside chat is FREE and explores how we as a community can use our art to “reflect the times”.

 

How can we create stories with impact in our communities? What is our social responsibility? Where do we start?

We started the conversation by watching the HBO docu-series Obama: In Pursit of a More Perfect Union.

Then, we heard from amazing agents of change in our communities, Kerry Croft and Krishna Davenport at our two-day virtual event, Community Conversations.

Now we’re talking about action! How do we take what we know about our world and change it in a positive way – using our art?

We’re asking you to bring YOUR knowledge and insight to the table to discuss creative ways you have been inspired and motivated to create stories of impact, that will further and add to our legacy as people. We’ll also provide an opportunity for people informally pitch their ideas, share ideas and network to find collaborators to help YOU tell your story!

We’re featuring Yhá Mourhia Wright (Writer/Producer, “Love My Roomie”), Okema T. Moore (Emmy-nominated Producer, “LadyLike), Kellianne Rae Jordan (Actor/Writer/Producer, “The Park”).

We’re also welcoming back Kerry Croft (Brand Curator) and Krishna Davenport (Founder of The Baobab Wellness Collective) to continue the conversation.

This is a great opportunity for us to dive into how storytelling and activism often go hand in hand!

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Community Conversations Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union (Day 1)

On Wed. February 16th at 4:30 PM PT | 7:30 PM ET, join us for a FREE virtual conversation on activism in the Black community centered around HBO documentary series Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union.

You will be provided with a link to screen the docu-series in advance. Then we’ll gather for a conversation featuring Kerry Croft (Founder, The Vitamin M Box),Jaquial Durham (CEO, The Public Culture) and Shani Bellegarde as we delve into the impact of activism on our communities.  

The Obama Docu-Series

HBO’s three-part documentary chronicles the personal and political journey of President Barack Obama, as the country grapples with its racial history. Weaving together conversations with colleagues, friends and critics, and interspersed with his own speeches and news interviews, the series begins with Obama’s childhood and takes us through his perspective as the son of a white mother from Kansas and an African father, his spiritual formation by a generation of Black leaders, and his hopes for a more inclusive America.

Through the story of one man irrevocably bound to the history of a country, OBAMA: IN PURSUIT OF A MORE PERFECT UNION reflects on the country’s past and present national identity.

Special Guests

Kerry Croft was born in Kingston, Jamaica but raised in the south in Richmond, Va. She received her B.A in Fashion Merchandising and was working in the corporate fashion industry as Sr. Merchandiser for a licensing company where she developed Kenneth Cole Reaction Men’s Tailored Suitings. This contributed to the brand being the top earning multimillion dollar brand for the company. Using her keen eye for detail and merchandising background, Kerry wanted to branch out and start her own business that expressed her love of her community.

Kerry wanted to create not only an awareness for her customer base, but a new way for them to shop up and coming Black owned brands through her monthly subscription box service, The Vitamin M Box. Kerry is dedicated to making a lasting difference and to consistently innovate the talent discovery experience through uniquely curated platforms to shed a positive light on Black owned businesses and the importance of buying Black and pouring back into our communities.

Jaquial Durham is an entrepreneur, community organizer, and creative producer.⁠ As a creative producer and CEO of Public Culture Entertainment (@thepublicculture), Durham has developed a talent for including his passions at the center of his work. ⁠

Most recently, Jaquial was admitted into Clemson University doctoral program to produce his second documentary about the Black history and culture of Clemson and Clemson University, which is his hometown. ⁠To further ensure that Black culture is centered Jaquial has created Public Culture Collections, which is an historical archival clothing brand in collaboration with colleges and universities at predominantly white institutions (PWIs) located in small, Black communities.

Shani Bellegarde is a native Brooklynite with Haitian roots and a Digital Content Creator and Social Media Strategist for smaller brands and businesses. Shani started her career as an Analyst and Project Management Specialist for “Top 10” investment banks for a decade. In 2017, personal tragedy led to her leaving the financial industry to pursue a career as a Full Spectrum doula. Specifically supporting and advocating for Black birthing parents and families.

The pandemic forced Shani to shift in unexpected ways. Unable to interact with people and babies, she resorted to creating humorous content on Instagram. Shani is a graduate of Lafayette College where she obtained a BA in Government & Law. She’s able to marry her education and vast experiences in support of one theme: to advocate and amplify the voices of the Diaspora.

Be the Change

Nina Simone said it best, “an artist duty is to reflect the times”. Although much progress has been made, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our ancestors, there is still work to be done. This discussion will seek to explore themes within the documentary series and how we can bring change into our communities and is an opportunity to examine how we can be the change we want to see in the world. 

The Black TV & Film Collective continues to fulfill its mission – to provide opportunities for Black and African descent artists to achieve economically sustainable careers in all areas of content creation. 

 

 

 

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Community Conversations Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union (Day 2)

On Thurs. February 17th at 4:30PM PT | 7:30PM ET, join us for a FREE virtual conversation on activism in the Black community centered around HBO documentary series Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union.

 

You will be provided with a link to screen the docu-series in advance. Then we’ll gather for a conversation featuring Krishna Davenport (Founder, Baobab Wellness Collective),Jaquial Durham (CEO, The Public Culture) and Shani Bellegarde as we delve into the impact of activism on our communities.   

The Obama Docu-Series

HBO’s three-part documentary chronicles the personal and political journey of President Barack Obama, as the country grapples with its racial history. Weaving together conversations with colleagues, friends and critics, and interspersed with his own speeches and news interviews, the series begins with Obama’s childhood and takes us through his perspective as the son of a white mother from Kansas and an African father, his spiritual formation by a generation of Black leaders, and his hopes for a more inclusive America.

Through the story of one man irrevocably bound to the history of a country, OBAMA: IN PURSUIT OF A MORE PERFECT UNION reflects on the country’s past and present national identity.

 

Special Guests

Krishna Davenport is affectionately referred to as Professor K holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and has been a mainstay on Wall Street for 26 years. Krishna is an activist spending her career as an advocate for equal treatment of Black Mothers in corporate spaces, more recently broadening her work through her nonprofit The Baobab Wellness Collective, where she focuses on the mental, physical and financial health of Black women.

In keeping a with her personal mission Krishna has organized rallies, moderated and spoken on panels geared towards advancement in the Black community, most recently taking on providing financial literacy classes in the New York City public schools. A Brooklyn native Krishna shares her life with her husband, and two loving boys.

Jaquial Durham is an entrepreneur, community organizer, and creative producer.⁠ As a creative producer and CEO of Public Culture Entertainment (@thepublicculture), Durham has developed a talent for including his passions at the center of his work. ⁠

Most recently, Jaquial was admitted into Clemson University doctoral program to produce his second documentary about the Black history and culture of Clemson and Clemson University, which is his hometown. ⁠To further ensure that Black culture is centered Jaquial has created Public Culture Collections, which is an historical archival clothing brand in collaboration with colleges and universities at predominantly white institutions (PWIs) located in small, Black communities.

Shani Bellegarde is a native Brooklynite with Haitian roots and a Digital Content Creator and Social Media Strategist for smaller brands and businesses. Shani started her career as an Analyst and Project Management Specialist for “Top 10” investment banks for a decade. In 2017, personal tragedy led to her leaving the financial industry to pursue a career as a Full Spectrum doula. Specifically supporting and advocating for Black birthing parents and families.

The pandemic forced Shani to shift in unexpected ways. Unable to interact with people and babies, she resorted to creating humorous content on Instagram. Shani is a graduate of Lafayette College where she obtained a BA in Government & Law. She’s able to marry her education and vast experiences in support of one theme: to advocate and amplify the voices of the Diaspora.

 

Be the Change

Nina Simone said it best, “an artist duty is to reflect the times”. Although much progress has been made, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our ancestors, there is still work to be done. This discussion will seek to explore themes within the documentary series and how we can bring change into our communities and is an opportunity to examine how we can be the change we want to see in the world. 

The Black TV & Film Collective continues to fulfill its mission – to provide opportunities for Black and African descent artists to achieve economically sustainable careers in all areas of content creation. 

 

 

 

Interested in becoming a member? Sign up for our BTFC Membership!

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BlackMade: A Virtual Open Mic and Film Screening (West Coast Edition)

Join usFriday, March 25th at 6 PM PT for BlackMade (West Coast Edition) a Virtual Open-Mic and Film Screening event as we center and celebrate Black Art and Black Stories!

 

The Black TV & Film Collective is intentional about centering and celebrating Black creatives of all ages and stages.

A Part of Our History

The art of storytelling is a major part of our history as people of African descent across the globe. Our songs, stories and images have brought us strength in trials, restored hope for the future and reminded us of our beauty and brilliance.

It’s on brand for us to use storytelling, of many forms, to celebrate our rich cultural history across the diaspora!

Join us for an exclusive, private screening of outstanding films, spoken word, monologues and more!

Coming to the Stage…

We’re kicking off the evening by introducing our performing artists who are sharing art that highlights the beauty and diversity in Black culture! The virtual mic is ready for our selected open-mic participants!

For Us, By Us

Next, we’re introducing the films that will be screened. These films keep Black life and culture, in all its diversity, at the center. We’re welcoming stories that highlight the idea that “Black people are not a monolith”.

Finally, the night will come to a close with a Q & A featuring the filmmakers of the selected films.

So Nice, We’re Doing it Twice!

We’re splitting this major event into TWO nights! RSVP to catch us on East Coast time on Thursday, March 24th from 6 – 8 PM ET. and on West Coast time on Friday, March 25th from 6 – 8 PM PT.

We’re looking forward to celebrating Black art and Black culture with you!

*Members, use your code to receive your member-priced ticket.

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The Black TV & Film Collective withholds the right to share projects of their choosing. Your submission does not guarantee that your project will be shared on during the BlackMade virtual event.

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