As someone who's been a working journalist and video content creator for more than a decade, I want to take my storytelling to the next level, particularly when it comes to telling the stories of black women. I want to be someone who helps change the narrative. The 20th anniversary of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) seemed like the right place to cultivate creative inspiration.
Giselle Phelps is a journalist & the founder of hotmessfolder.com. She is also the CEO of GJP Media Services LLC, which has operations in New York City & Dallas, Texas. It provides public relations, media training, and video production services to a range of clients, with a specific focus on women & minorities. Giselle has spent the last decade working in television news. She was a general assignment news reporter for television stations in Syracuse & Buffalo, New York and in Dallas, Texas. She also worked in various producing roles at the national level in the U.S. & Canada. She got the idea for HotMessFolder™ while anchoring weekends in Buffalo, NY. Giselle was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She grew up in St.Catharines, Ontario and graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto. She also attended the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Giselle is a regular public speaker, emcee & host for nonprofits, colleges and youth organizations.
I was lucky to attend the taping for a second year in a row. As a black girl born in the U.S., raised in Canada, and who studied in Australia, the expansion plans are welcome news to me. The issues black women and girls face go far beyond geographic borders.
04/05/2016 01:55 EDT
Well, I recently attended the American Black Film Festival in New York City. This time, I was lucky to have a riveting conversation with four black actresses: Terri J. Vaughn, Garcelle Beauvais, Essence Atkins, and Malinda Williams. They're all starring in a T.V. movie coming out later this summer called "Girlfriends' Getaway 2."
06/18/2015 05:44 EDT
I attended the taping of BET's 'Black Girls Rock' award show in Newark, New Jersey. Since my blog talks about all things a "hot mess," I decided to ask the carpet walkers for some advice on a living hot mess-free!
04/03/2015 04:51 EDT
The Book of Negroes is reminding me how much my ancestors endured just to survive. It makes me feel obligated to live out my full potential so their pain and struggle isn't in vain. On the ratings front, it will be interesting to see how The Book of Negroes compares to BET's other primetime specials. This is important, because we want networks to continue telling these stories.
02/18/2015 01:00 EST
Fans of Drake's music will know he often raps about Houston too, and has a huge affinity for the city. He's reportedly recorded a lot of his music there. But this past weekend, his loyalties really seemed to blur a bit. Drake was rocking a Houston Astros MLB jersey at a game. Shouldn't he be doing that with the Toronto Blue Jays?
06/16/2014 05:55 EDT
The same issues of white versus black racism aren't as deeply woven into Canadian society. Think this is what Whoopi was trying to get at. But racism and discrimination still exist. It has the same purpose it has in the U.S. Just because it's coming out of the mouth of a Canadian doesn't change its meaning or context. People in Canada still want to touch a black woman's braids with amazement and wonder. Canadian cities have pockets of poor community housing disproportionately populated by blacks. The racial issues are still there. They're just served up on a different platter, because it's a different country, with a different history.
06/06/2014 05:12 EDT
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