Are you a woman looking for advice on how to take the next step in your career? Struggling to find mentorship in the digital media or journalism world?
Join us for WAMentoring, an informal conversation series with some of the most accomplished members of the NYC chapter of Women, Action & the Media (WAM!NYC).
This month’s mentor, Jamilah Lemieux is an award-winning, editor, writer, and speaker. She’s a leading millennial voice around issues of race, gender and sexuality. One of those pesky Black feminists who challenges the status quo, while remaining fresh and fab at all times.
Jamilah Lemieux’s work has appeared in Essence, Clutch, The Nation, the Washington Post, Gawker, and her award-winning blog, The Beautiful Struggler. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation’s most influential African Americans, as well as Fortune’s list of the most influential women on Twitter.
Light snacks and wine will be on deck as we delve into your deepest career-driven questions.
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I spoke to a group of filmmakers about the importance of social media and digital communications!
I had a blast watching people’s eyes light up when I answered questions about how customized communications strategies can help them. I felt honored to be invited to speak.
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“Our culture is doomed until the youth start thinking and create their own narrative because this current narrative followed by many in our own community is absolutely off. As a team and band of brothers we are pretty diversified in skill sets and experience but [mentoring youth apprentices] is the most important thing we are doing right now…” – Kenneth J Montgomery
Watch the video to check out my visit to the Brooklyn Combine and follow @BklynCombine on IG to stay up to date.
Check out the video clip from our #wamnyc workshop session featuring acclaimed money coach Tonya Rapley.
WAMNYC board member, Martya Starosta moderated our #WAMentor conversation with Akiba Solomon, Editor of @colorlinesnews. Check out some of Akiba’s thoughts on breaking into the magazine writing industry below.
Akiba on hustling
- Find different ways to write and make money. I’ve written copy for perm/relaxer boxes (which paid well), I’ve edited girls in #STEM websites, I’ve written fashion stories though I’m not big into fashion. I’m hustler there’s NO shame in hustling.
- Learn copy editing. It’s a good hustle. And makes you better.
- Try Fact-Checker jobs. It’s the unspoken affirmative action of the magazine world. (laughs) But really, it’s a place where the non-conformists can often get hired and get in.
Akiba on the writing life
- If you’re trying to get into the business, be prepared to freelance for multiple publications.
- Be kind. Keep in mind, as busy as you are, as overwhelmed as you are–so is an editor. Be kind, even if your check is late. Be polite when reaching out. Be thoughtful. Remain professional.
Akiba on networking
- Professional affinity groups by ethnicity are an organized way to meet other people and climb that corporate latter as a group.
- Don’t be your FULL self on social media unless it relates to the attention you want to get for the work you want to do. If you’re argumentative, that can follow you into closed door discussions and lose you freelance opportunities!
Akiba on who to write for
- Find people who have good editors. Try to write for those publications. A good editor will help you grow.
Akiba told us about how she wrote her book, how to pitch her for Colorlines and more. Missed it? Better catch the next #WAMentoring event! Join WAM!NYC (Women Action & the Media NYC) here https://www.facebook.com/groups/366848420345/
WAM!NYC provides space for feminist media makers and activists to convene, build skills, and strategize on getting our voices more fully heard.
Click the red image below to stream the Yo Gotti episode of The Combat Jack show featuring TTK. (No need to fast forwrad:) TTK is at the very beginning of the episode!)
When visual artist and graphic designer, TTK first heard N.O.R.E.’s ‘I Love My Life’
in the summer of 1998, he couldn’t have imagined that the song would be the inspiration for his current book, See What I’m Sayin’ Vol 1.
The book is colorful collection of cleverly illustrated drawings inspired by hip-hop lyrics, mainly from the 90’s. The book showcases TTK’s design skills, his love for of Hip-Hop, as well as the lighter side of his views on social issues.
TTK’s artwork has reached thousands of fans on social media outlets such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. His weekly column with Frank151, has connected with over 20,000 readers. TTK has also collaborated with UpNorthTrips.com in Feb 2015, for their Instagram artist takeover series. The book/T-shirt release of See What I’m Sayin’ Vol 1, will take place Sept 19th from 2-6pm at Fresthetic
, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This will be a limited. release.
is a Brooklyn based artist with an international audience from California to South Korea. He is known to infuse social concerns, his favorite pop icons, fashion, sports and music into his work. Independently, TTK has worked with Frank151, Ricky Powell, Just Blaze, Bobbito Garcia, Rocawear, The History Channel, and Dime Magazine.
Twitter: @gottkgo | @chevon