it’s lit! 3 ways the #ybwtfc will impact young black women

By Jayda Imanlihen, Founder The Young Black Women in TV & Film Conference

Viola Davis said in her history-making 2015 Emmy Award winning speech that, “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people that are Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes, people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black.”

In an effort to teach young Black women about film production and to create more “awesome people” behind the camera,  The Young Black Women in TV & Film Conference will teach technical production skills while critically engaging impressionable minds about the current state of young Black women in TV & film, and the future legacy of our images.

In our inaugural 2-day conference, we will feature an exclusive screening event, a day full of arts technology workshops led by professionals (camera operation, editing, creating content for beauty bloggers etc.) as well as a keynote address from an established Black woman industry insider.

The theme of this year’s conference is The Legacy of Our Images and we want our members to walk away with three tools. 1) Stronger moral guidance and best practice guidelines toward healthy and safe social media activity for young Black women. 2) Master the technical aspects of basic production equipment to create dynamic work. 3) Leave with a heightened sense of awareness about how conference members (and their family & friends) impact the legacy of Black women’s images.

The top 3 ways The Young Black Women in TV & Film Conference will impact young Black Women:

1. The Net Fairy e-Sister Pledge

The Net Fairy e-Sister pledge is a promise between e-Sisters online to eliminate the posting of negative, dehumanizing and violent media by young women of color.

What is an e-Sister? An e-sister is a digital friend, who, as part of a network of women across the internet universe, mentor other young women to ensure their safety and well-being online. By making a promise to be an e-Sister, and keep your e-Sisters, you agree to establish guidelines for the media the young women in your life create, consume, share and post. You commit to uplift your e-Sisters. You pledge to eliminate the posting and viewing of negative, violent or dehumanizing content by and for young Black women across all social media platforms.


The Net Fairy e-Sister pledge

The Net Fairy e-Sister pledge

2. Master the technical aspects of production equipment.

In our workshops led by experienced professionals, our conference members will:

  • Learn the technical parts, language and functions of a camera.

  • Learn lighting equipment and techniques to improve their own productions.

  • Learn digital media storage best practices.

  • Learn technical terms

  • Learn about social media End User License Agreements.

  • Become stronger arts technology advocates, students, mentors, and artists.


3. Discuss the “reality” of what young Black women see on television.

Our conference will use panel discussions to address questions such as,“What messages do vastly popular and super visible television shows send to young Black women about themselves, the TV & film industries, and people around them?” Film and television professionals, students, artists, parents and production specialists will weigh in on this topic as they dialogue about the legacy of our images.


The Young Black Women in TV & Film Conference believes film arts technology can help young Black women change the world!

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