Brooklyn-based educator and filmmaker, Aiesha Turman, will screen her first feature, The Black Girl Project at the Spike Lee Screening Room on the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University.
“In a culture where Black women and girls are either praised for their saintly accomplishments, stripping them of any other character except that of a martyr or mammy, or demonized and used as the scapegoat when explaining all the wrongs with the Black community and society in general, it is important to hear and see Black girls speak their truths.”
The event will begin with a cocktail reception to celebrate the completion of the documentary followed by the screening of the hour long film. A panel discussion and informal Q&A session focusing on the central themes of the film follows where the audience will get to speak with Aiesha Turman and featured participants from the film including Courtney James, currently a senior at The City College of New York, Paige Padgett, a Political Science major at Lehman College and Netchem Hairston who attends the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). The discussion will be moderated by Neycha Herford, a highly sought-after personality and lifestyle expert with a multidisciplinary background as a musician, transformational counselor, writer, speaker and new media journalist.
Produced by Turman’s Super Hussy Media, The Black Girl Project focuses on one core question: “who are you? “That one question spawned another, then another and yet another, but the one initial question is at the heart of the film.
This film, also the impetus for a non-profit of the same name, seeks to portray black girls as the complex beings they are. Not just the two sides of the coin we see perpetuated in the media: saint or sinner. It also seeks to spark inter and intra-generational dialogue between black girls and women. The film screening will also serve as a fundraiser for the Black Girl Project organization. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, email Tamara Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit BlackGirlProject.com