L-R: Genista Tate-Alexander, Christina Okorocha, Dalia Dias
Black Women Off Screen & SceneTV celebrate black women in the creative industries for International Women’s Day
To celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, Black Women Off Screen (BWOS) and SceneTV have teamed up to shine a light on three black women making their mark in the creative industries. In a year where the theme is #BalanceforBetter, this short film aims to make sure black women in Britain also have their voices and stories heard as part of this global annual event. The short film features:
- Dalia Dias, a Creative Director, Filmmaker and Photographer in the music and fashion industry. She has worked with well-known brands and international music acts such as Chris Brown, Stormzy, Wizkid, Davido, Cardi B and more. (IG: @DaliaDias)
- Christina Okorocha, one of three founders of VAMP, a social marketing agency representing the underrepresented, with a particular focus on women of colour in beauty, lifestyle and entertainment. Past projects have included the UK premiere of Marvel’s Black Panther, Girls Trip and A Wrinkle in Time. (IG: @christinaok)
- Genista Tate-Alexander, a Marketing Manager at Bloomsbury Publishing. Her notable campaigns include Reni Eddo-Lodge’s bestselling Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, Lost Connections by Johann Hari and Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward. (IG: @geninldn)
The talented women give advice on how to win in 2019, unpack what International Women’s Day means to them, and reveal some of the biggest misconceptions they face working in their respective industries.
Eni Awoyemi, Director of BWOS said: "The women who are extremely pivotal in developing ideas are often the ones who are invisible. Today isn’t an exception. Black Women Off Screen is always committed to shining a light on these women, making their achievements visible and their experiences centre. As a producer myself working within the corporate space, I have experienced some of the several hurdles and hardships unique to black women and I remain excited and passionate to welcome more women into the creative space where they can be celebrated".
Michelle Owusu, Director and Editor of SceneTV said: "Working in the creative industries myself where diversity and inclusion is high on the agenda, I often come across brilliant black women doing amazing work, however they rarely take centre stage. I think it’s the responsibility of us all to turn the lens on them to not only celebrate their work, but to also share their stories so that others can be inspired and find comfort in the fact that they’re not alone – we do exist!"
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SceneTV (www.scenetv.co.uk) is a platform dedicated to promoting the inclusion of black talent in television and film. This involves highlighting ‘ones-to-watch’, content on screen and interviewing talent such as Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could), Michaela Coel (Been So Long), John David Washington (BlackKklansman) and Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give). IG: @scenetv_
Director of Photography: Gasa Kenny
Sound: Stefania Vignisdottir