The words of my co-board member Martyna Starosta echo what many people say when they attend our WAM!NYC Justice in Media conference.
When I attended my first WAM!NYC conference, I walked into a room full of women & gender non conforming people & I thought “wow, this is it, we can have our own space for one day & talk about the issues that are important to us as media-makers & storytellers.”
Professionals who love creating, consuming, and critiquing media that deals with race, gender and more met up at our conference to get more tools, strategies, and ideas to do their work better. Read more about our keynote speakers below, and check back here for photos and other outtakes this weekend!
Chevon Drew, Board Member
Women Action & the Media,
New York City Chapter
WAM!NYC Gender Justice in Media Conference Keynotes
Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 1,400 public television and radio stations worldwide. Goodman has co-authored six New York Times bestsellers. Her latest one, Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America, looks back over the past two decades of Democracy Now! and the powerful movements and charismatic leaders who are re-shaping our world.
Linda Sarsour is a leading racial justice and civil rights activist and one of the most sought-after media commentators on Islamophobia in the 2016 election. Sarsour is a Palestinian, Muslim American born and raised in Brooklyn. She is the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPOWER Change. She has been at the forefront of civil rights campaigns including calling for an end to surveillance of New York’s Muslim communities and ending stop and frisk. She was instrumental in the Coalition for Muslim School Holidays, which helped make New York City the largest school system in the country to recognize two Muslim high holidays.
Ashley Nicole Black is a comedy writer and performer, currently writing for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Ashley started writing and performing sketch comedy at Chicago’s Second City. She is a proud PhD dropout from Northwestern University.
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.
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. 🔻🔻🔻 Need a consultation ?
Reach out to me at chevonmedia.com/contact !
“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
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#WAMNYC is a women in media org that I sit on the board of, and this year my friends planned the Halloween party. The goal: come dressed as a feminist who inspires you. I was a radio head (AM +FM) from my youth. I devoured audio! I loved Flex, @stretchandbobbito, @prairie_home. I had my own community radio show @wvoxradio in high school and by freshman year of college, I’d stay up all day and night finishing paintings or advertising designs while listening to @SternShow (who I later interned for) AND @AlanColmes (who I later met and was a guest on-air with).My favorite personality by far, was always @LisaEvers. She was the voice at @1010wins News radio by day, and this amazing hip-hop community advocate. I’d rush to the radio to catch @hot97#StreetSoldiers religiously. As a person who always reported on things in my community (on my own), I wanted to be like Lisa.Imagine my delight when @reggieosse interviewed Lisa on the recent @combatjackshow episode! I listened to it 2 times, then it hit me. The amazing feminist I want to be for #HalloWamOween is #LisaEvers. Thank you for being a great example of a woman, a broadcaster, a brand, a beauty and a community advocate, Ms. Evers. And thanks CombatJack for interviewing the coolest, strongest, smartest women.P.S. If you haven’t heard some of those interviews, I encourage you to go stream the #JamilahLemieux, #dreamhampton and #AprilWalker episodes of #TheCombatJackShow this week. Amazing interviews. Peace and happy Halloween y’all. 🎃