A Piece of the Pie | Tola Lawal
Have you heard of MTV? BET? Or, perhaps typed #reservationfor10 into your Instagram searches? Here at the Dinner Table, we have the pleasure of introducing the master mind of a woman that connects them all, Tola Lowal. Tola entered the media business in full force from her freshman year of college and continues to exceed in the field, when recently she began her own company. She is constantly thinking, creating and networking to push herself and the communities around her.
Without further ado her is a peek behind Tola L:
A journalist that needs little to no introduction, Soledad O'Brien is known for taking viewers off of their couch and immersing them into a complete cultural paradigm shift. Whether it be through her “Black in America” or “Latino in America” documentary franchises; Soledad is committed to telling authentic and compelling stories of those that are often overlooked.
Through out the years she has brought viewers around the world a variety of news coverage on networks like PBS, Al Jazeera America, CNN, National Geographic, NBC and several others. In June she launched Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production and distribution company, dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity, through personal stories. Here at The Dinner Table Doc we believe in the power of sharing diverse content and we feel honored to have such a powerhouse join us for a digital dinner. So before we begin, we say thank you Soledad! You've truly set the standard and highlighted the importance of sharing narratives that need a chance.
Without further adieu check out her Piece of the Pie here:
Imagine having the words "business woman", "entrepreneur", or "CEO" on your resumè. Well, Raven Robinson, PR2Politics CEO, sure can. Robinson is an ideal role model for young African American women who dare to prove that the sky is the limit. This young black entrepreneur shows through her work that you don't have to wait to start your own business. Having established her own PR firm, which serves as effective representation for her clients, Robinson is a prime example that dreams are possible to achieve just as long as you're willing to work in order to bring them into perspective.
Here's Raven's piece of the pie:
The phrase "thank you" surely isn't enough to express our gratitude for Doreen Spicer-Dannelly's contributions to television. After seeing images of strong women working in entertainment (like Oprah and Debbie Allen) Doreen was inspired to venture from Brooklyn to Hollywood and help fill the void by creating diverse content.
Upon graduating from Morgan State University, Doreen began her career as an intern on the popular ABC show, Hanging With Mr. Cooper. Before you knew it she went onto contribute to programs like Martin, The Jamie Foxx Show and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. However these accomplished proved to be a mere glimpse into the pinnacle of her success. In the early 2000's she helped give life to Penny Proud on The Proud Family and later penned the Disney Channel original film, Jump In. In 2010 her television series, The Wannabes debuted in Australia and has been licensed internationally in over 100 countries.
It was truly an honor to have at our dinner table and share her experience. Here's her piece of the pie:
Nickecia Alder, also known as the mastermind creator behind the popular online nexus, Black Girl Fly Mag, is a role model for young black women who aspire to become entrepreneurs. Alder emits her multidimensionalism not only by running her own business but also balancing graduate school at Loyola University.
Through the creation of BGF, Nickecia has made it her duty to highlight the beauty, magic and joy of black girls and women by bringing them to the spotlight, demonstrating to the world what makes black girls unstoppable and let's not forget fly.
Andrea Lewis is more than just an actress, she’s a director, producer and true creative revolutionary. Many of you may know her as “Hazel” from Degrassi, however that’s just one of the beautiful characters that Lewis has brought to life.
Her mockumentary web series, Black Actress follows Kori Bailey, a retired actress on the journey to her next big gig. The premiere episode debuted in 2013 on Issa Rae’s YouTube channel and has gathered an audience of around 98k viewers since. Here at The Dinner Table, we’re all about sharing stories of multidimensional black women so we knew that Andrea’s seat at our table was long overdue.
We were honored to have Andrea share with us her inspirations, aspirations and what dish she would "chef up" and bring to our dinner party. See what she had to say below:
Becky Farmer is a talented woman with an impressive passion for fashion. Her love of what she does led her from becoming the National Winner of Dancing with the Stars Costume Design Contest to the sets of Glee and American Horror Story and, now, The Real. Her amazing talent and personality shines bright. She owns a confident approach that can serve as an inspiration to us all.
Farmer did not get to where she is today, overnight. Her story teaches us a lesson of staying true to ourselves and our beliefs, because perseverance and self-love are the keys to achieving anything we put our minds to. Strength and determination brought her a far way and it still has many more places to take her.