The Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T) celebrated Black History Month with a screening of an upcoming digital series #AfriMericans and panel featuring leading women of digital magazines, award-winning news networks and TV/film producers. Students, actors, models, artists, and media outlets were in attendance to support this event which was held at Katie Murphy Amphitheater. The program began with a 25 minute sneak preview of the upcoming scripted digital series #AfriMericans.
It is about the lives of African and Caribbean adults living in NYC trying to pursue their dreams by investing into businesses, higher education, and building their finances. The launch date of #AfriMericans is unknown since it is still in post-production.
Once the screening concluded, the panel was moderated by Naomie Yane (NY1 News) as she discussed the influence of digital technology on African culture. The panelists included Lisa Cortes, award winning producer (Precious), Danielle James, fashion expert, Michelle Kuzi, social media influencer, Natasha Nyanin, writer/producer who was featured on CNN and Glamour; and Ojinika Obiekwe, Emmy nominated correspondent (WPIX News). These panelists didn’t want to pursue traditional careers (Math & Science) and their roles as women in this new era has strongly influenced the youth and others living abroad. They also discussed the checks and balances of social media and the development of advanced technology in several African countries.
“We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.”
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