Blossom at Atlanta Film Festival's Sound + Vision Party

Atlanta Film Festival's Sound + Vision Party featured an eclectic mix of indie artists in Atlanta and a visual experience to match. Our own Erica Lamberson and Jasmine Jewet had a chance to attend the event, and if you missed it, you can still see what we mean when we say visual experience. Thank you, ATLFF, for having us!

Watch Preview: BET Networks Presents Documentary, "Charged: The DA VS. Black America:

Watch Preview: BET Networks Presents Documentary, "Charged: The DA VS. Black America:

BET Networks presents “Charged: The DA vs. Black America,” described as an alarming whistleblowing revelation regarding the absolute power of the district attorney offices around the country. Promising an in-depth look into the criminal justice system through cases and families in New Orleans, LA, Milwaukee, WI, and Baltimore, MD, the documentary exposes how prosecutors operate in an unchecked system as they decide the fates of a disproportionate number of African American men, many of whom are non-violent defenders receiving harsh maximum sentencing.

Watch FREE For One Week: "The School Project"

Watch FREE For One Week: "The School Project"

“The School Project” is an independent cross-platform media project, including an interactive website, committed to the idea that a healthy public education system is essential to a vital American democracy. In an unprecedented collaboration between Chicago documentarians, “The School Project” contextualizes and humanizes issues such as standardized testing, charter schools, privatization, and the effects of school closings to promote an informed conversation about the past, present, and future of public education in Chicago, a city on the front lines of America’s education struggles.

Magic.

Magic.

For us by us.

A Massive Call-to-Action

A Massive Call-to-Action

After watching Birth of a Nation, I came home and made this video. Please watch. Please share opinions. 

Women in Media Roundtable Roundup: Meet Brittany Inge

You've met half of our amazing women, now meet Brittany Inge. 

From the moment we met, Brittany, we loved her outgoing and welcoming personality and we became familiar with her work, we knew we wanted to work with her on SOMETHING. Here are 4 reasons we have Brittany joining us for our roundtable:

  1. Her work is her activism. 
  2. She's acted in multiple stage plays that authentically represent women of color.
  3. She leads a community in the city of Atlanta in an effort to keep the conversation on police killings alive.
  4. She's a friendly woman that really, everyone, should know. 

You can learn more about Brittany at our Women in Media Roundtable happening October 1st! Click here to have a seat in our live audience.

Women in Media Roundtable Roundup: Meet Fash

Women in Media Roundtable Roundup: Meet Fash

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You've met Shelly, Ashley, and Melani, now meet - Fash. 

Melani is a Sports Journalist, Broadcast Producer, Basketball Connoisseur and all around an incredibly hard working woman. Here are 4 reasons we have Fash joining us for our roundtable:

  1. She's boasts over 120,000 subscribers on YouTube.
  2. She was invited by YouTube to the YouTube BLK event.
  3. She's one of the leading beauty influencers on YouTube.
  4. Overall, she's just a brilliant, creative, humble woman. 

You can learn more about Fash at our Women in Media Roundtable happening October 1st! Click here to have a seat in our live audience!

Women in Media Roundtable Roundup: Meet Ashley Marietta

Women in Media Roundtable Roundup: Meet Ashley Marietta

You've met Shelly and Melani, now meet Ashley Marietta.

Ashley has been apart of the Atlanta underground and mainstream music scene for years. She's interviewed many artists we see on tour today. Here are 4 reasons we have Ashley joining us for our roundtable:

  1. She's hosted so many of Atlanta's big pop culture events.
  2. She's been apart of many independent artists' journey's.
  3. She's deeply passionate about people living healthy and peaceful lives.
  4. We're working on something for Blossom!

You can learn more about Melani at our Women in Media Roundtable happening October 1st! Click here to have a seat in our live audience.

9 women. 1 unfiltered conversation. You.

9 women. 1 unfiltered conversation. You.

The purpose of the Women in Media Roundtable is to shed light on the current state of the industry from a multicultural woman's perspective. We're creators, we're screenwriters, we're directors, we're doing it all. And we want you to sit in the audience of our live conversation. Grab your seat here --> bit.ly/blossomroundtable

Women in Media Roundtable Roundup: Meet Melani Carter

Women in Media Roundtable Roundup: Meet Melani Carter

You've met Shelly Nicole, now meet Melani Carter.

Melani is a Sports Journalist, Broadcast Producer, Basketball Connoisseur and all around an incredibly hard working woman. Here are 4 reasons we have Melani joining us for our roundtable:

  1. She's worked with companies such as Turner Broadcasting and AEBL.
  2. She consistently overcomes challenges and pursues whatever her heart desires.
  3. She writes for multiple sports publications.
  4. She's developing her own show for Blossom. (We're premiering it soon.)

You can learn more about Melani at our Women in Media Roundtable happening October 1st! Click here to have a seat in our live audience.

Reel Sisters Founder Discusses Opportunities for Women of Color in Hollywood

Reel Sisters Founder Discusses Opportunities for Women of Color in Hollywood

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Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series is the first Brooklyn-based festival devoted to women of color filmmakers. Reel Sisters presents 30 films produced, directed and written by women of color across the globe each year. The festival has enriched the city with more than 900 films by women of African, Caribbean, Latino, Asian, Indian, and Native American descent and awarded over $12,000 in scholarships to women filmmakers. The groundbreaking festival has influenced other media organizations to launch initiatives that help Black women gain access to directing jobs in Hollywood and bring independent film projects to life.

This week, HBR had the chance to speak with the founder of Reel Sisters, Carolyn A. Butts, to discuss how Reel Sisters has been generating opportunities for women of color in film for almost two decades.

Check out the full interview on Hollywood's Black Renaissance.

Women in Media Roundtable Roundup: Meet Shelly Nicole

In this roundup series, you'll get to meet the amazing ladies joining us at this inaugural roundtable. First up, Shelly Nicole!

Not only is Shelly the Host and Creator of The Ill Table, she is an entertainment powerhouse. (Shelly knows EVERYONE.) Here are five reasons Shelly Nicole had to be at the table:

  1. She has successfully developed and produced four seasons of her own talk show.
  2. She consistently manages efficient productions. (We have so much fun on set.)
  3. She's HILARIOUS! And she's completely herself no matter the location.
  4. When she wants to do something, she goes after it 110%.

You can learn more about Shelly at our Women in Media Roundtable happening October 1st! Click here to have a seat in our live audience.

 
 

 

 

 

What it means to be self-aware

What it means to be self-aware

Today we're premiering a special production. Our Founder, Diamonde, a friend of Lucy Dazilma's for years, knew after she read Lucy's first book, SEASONS, that they should translate those beautiful words into a visual. Here is the first installment of Lucy's SEASONS presented by Blossom. CLICK HERE to watch.

How The Media Perpetuates Black Stereoptypes

How The Media Perpetuates Black Stereoptypes

So young yet so wise, Yara Shahidi reflects on why she uses her art to express her activism and on the stereotypes and the biases against those of the minority cultures in the media during the Spirit of Art and Activism conference. Using her voice to gain equality and parody through art is one thing that Yara has not fallen short of. In her speech she reflects on how her character, Zoey on the hit TV show Black-ish, really helps to break down the barriers of ageism, racism and all other -isms that have been portrayed through the media.

Yara says, “Art plus activism in any and all forms is a powerful statement that can spread a message that transcends the barriers and limitations of our different realities to reveal the commonality of our shared human existence.” 

You better say that Yara!

 

 

Actors on Actors: Taraji P. Henson and Queen Latifah

Actors on Actors: Taraji P. Henson and Queen Latifah

The Golden Globe winning actress Taraji P. Henson and hip hop mogul and Emmy winning actress Queen Latifah sit down for an intimate discussion on their passion for film and television and how important it is for them to stay in character during filming. The women also reflect on how experiences in their lives helped them to really connect with their characters as Cookie on Empire and as Bessie Smith on the HBO TV movie Bessie.