On March 24 th, The Dinner Table Documentary was invited by Girls Inc. NYC to participate in their Making History Her Way event.
The Dinner Table along with several other women centered organizations met with 20-25 high schoolers and 20-25 Middle schoolers that attend the Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women. The goal of this event was to introduce girls to new women role models and to learn from their academic, personal and professional experiences. and celebrate strong, smart and bold fearless females.
As workshops commenced, Girls Inc. NYC staff members were present in each panel/workshop available to help facilitate the event.
The Dinner Table conducted our very own "Let's Do Dinner" Media Literacy Workshop to inspire and empower the students while providing media literacy and self esteem building resources as well as help change the way they see women of color communicate (in regards to the stereotypes from reality TV).
It's important to help young women understand what they're watching on television, so we conduct media literacy workshops to explain how reality tv images effects their perception of every day life.
The stereotypes created by reality tv can be very harmful especially when its filled with images of women hurting each other.
We realized that there's great power in creating programs that reflect our reality because sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between "real" and "real for ratings."
So, what's this about "the dinner table"...
We're not 100% sure why drama happens at the dinner table, but we desperately want to change that narrative.
The documentary is entitled "The Dinner Table" as a nudge to that idea portrayed in reality shows that all women of color can be in those settings are "bottle throwers" and "weave snatchers." Our film starts at the dinner table and spirals into short monologues of young millennial women of color sharing their stories of success, mentor relationships and inspiration (things you don't always see on tv).
In our film presentation (during the workshop) we #haveaseat with Brown University's League of United Black Women and hear 21 touching stories of success, failures and identity. It also features the individual stories Korean Pop Singer Arnelle Nonon and Ballerina, Ingrid Silva.
We do our best to highlight young women of color who don't let stereotypes stop them from fulfilling their dreams and pursuing "unconventional" careers.
The young women of Girls Inc really enjoyed the workshop. Here are some of their reviews:
Special thanks to Mrs. Kree and everyone at the Girls Inc NYC Location in Brooklyn, New York.
[Director, Asha Boston and cast mate Arnelle Nonon with young women in the Girls Inc. NYC program. ]