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Celebrating Black Resilience

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Voices With Impact 2021: A week of films, conversation, and exploration related to mental health within Black and immigrant communities.

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“With each generation we outsmart our colonizers.

We hacked their code and reprogrammed ourselves to create

The rhythm, food, music, dance that the world moves to in unison.

And still we thrive.”

From “Still We Thrive” by Campbell X

The atrocities that have been committed against Black people are too many to count. But so, too, are the ways that Black people have responded with strength, creativity, and beauty. In this session, filmmakers Campbell X, Jameelah Nruddin, and producer Angelica Robinson celebrate and magnify the ways in which Black resilience has manifested itself individually, in families, and in our culture at large.

Note: This session has been designed to honor and center the full expression of mental health as experienced by people who identify as Black. Allies are welcome. Any attempts to decentralize Black folks will be compassionately redirected.

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Campbell X, "Still We Thrive"

Campbell X is a writer/director who directed the award-winning queer urban romantic comedy feature film STUD LIFE. Stud Life was voted by the Guardian as one of the top 10 Black British feature films ever made. It was also in Vogue magazine as one of the best films to watch in 2020. Stud Life was also selected by the British Film Institute as one of the top 8 queer films to view while we were all on lockdown. Campbell is currently developing his second feature fiction film produced by Stella Nwimo. Campbell is the Co-founder with Neelu Bhuman of Wahala Film Fund a completion fund for short films by and about QTIPOC people.

Jameelah Nruddin, “Wholeness”

Jameelah Nuriddin is a socially conscious film and media producer, program director, and an award-winning film editor. With over 10 years in commercial production, Jameelah has had the pleasure of collaborating with top international brands like NIKE and Dove. Hailing from Atlanta, GA, her connection to her southern roots and African heritage drives her lifelong passion for social change using the immeasurable power of storytelling. Entering the entertainment industry at the age of 12, Nuriddin learned the roots of storytelling by acting alongside Black American sages, Cicely Tyson and Don Cheadle. She is an NAACP award-winning actress.

Jameelah graduated from USC with a BFA in Theatre and a Minor in Film. It is there the seed was planted to begin her non-profit work while volunteering at the Joint Educational Program (JEP). She Co-Founded ‘Imaginese Youth Workshops’ where she developed curriculum and guided middle school and high-school aged children in East and South Los Angeles, and Bali, Indonesia. Her program ‘Confidence through Creativity’ still provides artistic mentorships in film, theatre, dance, poetry and design while connecting students to a social justice issue in their community – creating multi-generational works of art exploring gang violence, human trafficking, immigration reform, food deserts, and wealth inequality. Jameelah Nuriddin knows story; and has lived her life believing the power of storytelling and empathy will reveal the interconnectedness of us all.

Angelica Robinson

Angelica Robinson is an Emmy nominated, award-winning Producer and community Activist committed to creating engaging stories of multicultural edutainment through her production company, Tell Me A Story Productions. With over 15 years of major studio background, a BFA from Howard University and an MFA from Chapman University, Angelica has filmed all over the globe including a 3D documentary she produced about her personal climb submitting Mt. Kilimanjaro. During the current pandemic, she produced a full slate of digital content inclusive of: the award winning multi-media feature Mother’s Milk, the award winning live talk show, The #SAVAGE Chat series, and the 100% virtually produced Webby Award Honoree, The Gaze (series), currently under consideration for the 2021 Emmy Awards. Recently, Angelica was featured in the Awards issue of the Producers Guild of America, Produced By Magazine.

For more information about Voices With Impact 2021, please visit Art With Impact.

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