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Representation Matters

Tonight people everywhere were watching the Golden Globe awards. The film world rewards its storytellers in glitz and glamor. But what about those who do not even get to enter the room, much less sit at the table (or stand at the podium)? I have spoken in the past about the necessity for Black people/African diaspora to have our own media. The fact is, Black people/African diaspora, as well as many other underrepresented groups in mainstream media, do have our own media – we have filmmakers making films all over the world. We have storytellers telling stories everywhere. We have vibrant and growing film industries in developing nations around the world. Continue reading Representation Matters

Black Media: Let’s Talk

For years Black people, African Americans, those on the African continent, Afro-Caribbean people have all been misrepresented in media as caricatures and stereotypes. Wide groups of African diaspora in the Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries, the UK, Europe, Canada, Asia and Australia are often not represented at all and are rendered invisible in the world imagination. Not only do these misrepresentations or lack of representation of African diaspora promote racist stereotypes and undermine political power, these images create barriers to unity within our African diaspora. Continue reading Black Media: Let’s Talk