In/Visibility of Black Women Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Date: October 4, 2014
Start Time: 2:00 pm
End Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Santa Monica College, HSS 263 (Humanities and Social Sciences Building)
Address: 1900 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Where: Santa Monica, CA
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We are very excited to partner with Media Done Responsibly for this very important screening and discussion.

At this screening & panel discussion, we will explore the impact that racially biased and stereotyped images of Black Women have on the de-valuing of the lives of Black women and girls. From the shooting of Renisha McBride to the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian girls with no coverage for weeks, to the hundreds of Black American girls who go missing and are trafficked with little to no media coverage, Media Done Responsibly will examine the grassroots efforts to bring about systemic change. It will explore media images in films that challenge this devaluing and reshape the dialogue around Black women and girls.

As this event was taking shape, two major events happened: the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the trial of Renisha McBride’s killer. It became clear that we needed to talk about the criminalization of the victims by mass media — and that this discussion doesn’t stray far from our original focus for this event. Everything is connected. We will use news clips and social media campaigns to explore this issue specifically.

The afternoon promises to provide great conversation with great people. So grab a few friends and join us for this very timely event! Click here to register now.


ShaunelleCurryShaunelle Curry 
Shaunelle Curry, Executive Director of Media Done Responsibly, is an author, Masters level educator, and advocate for women and youth. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and her Master of Arts in Education at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Now residing in Los Angeles, California, she originates from St. Louis, Missouri. She boasts over 20 years in child development and education service and over 18 years leadership experience in community development and social and arts programming.

In 2003, Shaunelle published her first book, Shairi’s Journey Through Darkness Into Light, a women’s self-development toolkit that she uses in her Victim to VictorTM workshops. This book has been made into a two-woman multi-media stage play chronicling a woman’s ascent from being a victim of sexual and domestic assault to being a self-empowered, loved human being. Shaunelle is currently on a college tour with this show entitled, SHATTERED GLASS.

In 2006, Shaunelle created Media Done Responsibly (formerly Mother’s Day Radio), a movement calling for a day to rest from the denigration and sexual objectification of women on urban radio, replacing it with a day to elevate women with music that honors their traditional greatness. On May 12, 2007, Mother’s Day weekend, MDR launched with the participation of KJLH 102.3 fm and V100 fm in Los Angeles, CA, and WERG 90.5 fm in Erie, Pennsylvania. This advocacy movement has now expanded to a Media Education program that trains college and high school students in media literacy and advocacy.

KellyRedmondKelly Redmond, M.B.A.
Kelly moved to Los Angeles in 2011 to launch a social enterprise, Impact Enterprises, which is comprised of two entities. Impact Media & Entertainment Coalition is the nonprofit organization that mobilizes resources to use media and entertainment as a platform for social change and building the Kingdom of God. Impact Consulting and Strategic Solutions is a consulting practice targeting corporations, non-profit organizations and foundations in Los Angeles and across the country to help them to better serve and reach diverse audiences, and complement their corporate social responsibility efforts.

Kelly has had an extensive career in leadership roles in the fields of diversity management, political and grassroots organizing, community relations, cause marketing, brand marketing, public relations, and external affairs over the past 25 years. Previously, Kelly worked for the American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity in Health Management, Gannett, The City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs, S.C. Johnson, Abbott, Hewitt Associates, and Kraft. She is an experienced leader and consultant.

ThandisizweChimurengaThandisizwe Chimurenga
Thandisizwe Chimurenga is an award-winning, freelance journalist based in Los Angeles, CA. She has been a writer and creator or co-creator of media (newspapers, cable tv, radio) for over 20 years, and her community activism has ranged from electoral organizing; anti-police terror work; freedom for political prisoners and prisoners of war; to organizing against violence against women. Chimurenga, who uses her writing as political activism, is the author of “No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant,” which is an analysis of the 2010 murder trial of the police officer who killed Oscar Grant, the subject of the hit 2013 film “Fruitvale Station” produced by Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker.

In “No Doubt,” Chimurenga connects the systematic state-sanctioned violence against young Black males nationally through the lens of Oscar Grant’s murder.

She is recently from Ferguson, MO, where a rebellion erupted after the murder of 18 year old unarmed Black youth Mike Brown by a white police officer. She went to Ferguson after being in Detroit, MI, where she reported on the trial of Theodore Wafer for the murder of Renisha McBride for Color of Change and Black Agenda Report dot com.

ShaniByardShani Byard
Dr. Shani Byard is an educator and consultant who specializes in educational leadership for social and racial justice. She is the owner of Message Media Education, a professional development training company designed to counter media’s influence on the negative perceptions of Black youth in our media saturated society. Training participants are youth, seniors, educators and professionals, from all ethnic/racial backgrounds, who learn to become Afro-Media Literate, gaining the necessary tools to dismantle unconscious racism, challenge media stereotypes and cultivate interracial understanding.

Noticing a severe lack of media literacy and cultural education in our school systems and curricular framework, Dr. Byard set out to fill the void. In 2008, she founded Message Media Education (MME)– the only Afro-Media Literacy, professional development training company in the nation. Trainings and workshops are primarily offered to youth, families, faculty and staff from K-12 schools, non-profit organizations, community colleges, universities and small businesses. All trainings emphasize cultural awareness, critical media literacy, technological proficiency and visionary leadership. Dr. Byard and her team have traveled throughout California and to other states to facilitate MME’s popular professional development retreats: The Digital Elder Project, Rise Above the Noise and Diversity Leaders Boot Camp. Dr. Byard also offers Digital Scholars, a 10-week, private, book writing and publishing program for aspiring authors. Trainings in online advocacy, digital citizenship, and social media marketing & etiquette are also offered.

Many, many thanks to WAM!mer Melanie Klein for organizing this event!