Contributor Byline: EBONY

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I had the honor of interviewing and writing about two inspiring women, #issarae#nicolefranklinfor EBONY’s September Fashion Issue. 
I started following Nicole Franklin @nicoleedits on Twitter when she launched her IndieGogo campaign for her award-winning film #TitleVII . I remember being strapped for cash but I made a mental note that I’d get the word out about her film. (I kept that promise to myself in ways I’d never imagined.) I was inspired by her drive and desire to bring stories of Black Women’s Joy to the big and small screen. Black women aren’t a #singlestory group and I was thrilled this Emmy-award winning editor is committed to telling as many of our stories as she can. Just as I was finishing up Nicole’s story with EBONY’s copyeditor, (Hi, Ms. RS!) I got a call that @issarae was in town (Atlanta Metro) filming the upcoming Universal Pictures “Little”. My editor asked if I could I interview her for the cover story. 😳 Let me tell you, I was stunned. 
A day or two later I called my editor in tears. And I’ll tell you why. Before you can interview or write about anyone you must learn and read about them… and what I learned is Issa Rae didn’t come here to play with y’all. This young Peabody-award winning television program creator has put in the work to change the television game! 
Both of these women don’t just talk about it – They ARE deliberate in their approach and they’re living it. 
My former MySpace friend, CaShawn Thompson, #thePBG created the phrase and hashtag #blackgirlmagic and I can testify these two women filmmakers embodied it. If you want to see what I’m “talking” about – Nicole Franklin’s story is on page 22 and the cover story for Issa Rae on page 56… Pick up a copy of EBONY -September 2018 and read it for yourself.