7 Ways To Show We Really Believe In Black Artists

7 Ways To Show We Really Believe In Black Artists

Black Artists Create A World Where Your Voice Is Heard

Black Artists

Cinematographer and Photographer, Joseph Tova

Black artists want to grow and get paid but do we have the support of our community? Today I received a message from crew member photographer and cinematographer, Joseph Tova, who raised an important issue about African Americans supporting each other.

The question: Who supports new black artists or creatives who desire to break into the industry? Do white filmmakers or other races support their creatives differently?

Tova believes that people outside of the black community are more supportive to their artists and I’m inclined to agree. But supporting each other is not simply something you do when it’s convenient. Supporting people must be part of your ethos or you won’t commit to it. I know we need to support each other and so I’m going to drop 7 ways to show we really believe in black artists. 

  1. Give an internship opportunity to a black student who is eager and ready to work. 

  2. Buy products from black owned companies. 

  3. Donate money to a black crowdfunding campaign. 

  4. Attend black film festivals.

  5. Become a patron of black companies who are educating and promoting the work of people of color. (We have a Patreon page to produce videos and podcasts for our community.)

  6. Hire black people to work on your crew. 

  7. Read books written by black writers.

I realize this world is full of people from all backgrounds and races. But, I also realize that blacks, African Americans, people of African descent are often the last to get hired and the first to get fired. We’re often not invited into the private parties or the networking events that allow us privileged access to excel in our careers. However, 2018 brings great opportunity for black artists, creatives, and crew members. Creatives like Ava Duvernay, Issa Rae and so many others are creating opportunities for black voices to be heard. Take advantage of these opportunities so that our voices will echo from the rafters.

(All photos are of real Black TV Film Crew members. Courtesy of their dope Instagrams!)

5 Friends Every Filmmaker Needs

5 Friends Every Filmmaker Needs

A Filmmaker Needs Friends … The Right Ones.

Being a filmmaker is hard work. It’s an uphill battle at times. You struggle to get people to notice your work. You fight to get paid for your art. And at the end of a hard day, you want to have someone to bond with who understands your pain. For that reason we’ve compiled this list: 5 Friends Every Filmmaker Needs 

1. The Friend with Money / Producer Friend.

This is the friend who is well-read and is somewhat a capitalist. They have stocks, bonds and a 401k. They understand that there are people who make art and other people who support it. This friend will help your kickstarter campaign and knows other people with money.

2. The Socially Conscious Friend / Reality Check Friend.

This is the person who makes sure you don’t go off supporting Donald Trump because you’ve become so out of touch with your black roots. This person reminds you of dope people like Malcolm X, and Tahneisi Coates and knows that sometimes you grind so much, you’re not reading like you’re supposed to. But this friend keeps you woke. 


Photo courtesy Crew Member @coreyabrooks86 Instagram

3. The Therapist Friend / Won’t Put You In A Straight Jacket Friend.

This is the person who knows how hard you work but also knows your struggle with mental health. It’s no secret creatives have a higher incidence of mental illness. This person checks on you and notices things like when you disappear from social media or when you stop answering your phone. This person saves your life by simply being in your life. 

4. The Share Your Dream Friend / Partner In Crime Friend.

This is the person who may share your skill or passion for your work. This person is willing to go to conferences, film festivals, writing retreats, etc. with you. This person keeps your passion alive because you can look at that person and see yourself. This is the friend who literally grows with you. 

5. The Networking Friend / Help Get The Word Out Friend.

This is the person who knows people who know people. This person probably knows some friends with money, but they also know people who hire for jobs, they know people who will promote your work. Bottom line: They know people. This person is an asset because just knowing them increases the people who know you.

Look at your list of homies. Now ask yourself, “Do I have this starting five amongst my friends?” If not, it’s time to network and create your winning team. We have teammates on Instagram and on Facebook. And if you need us to act as your Share Your Dream Friend, sign up to the newsletter and we’ll help to keep your dream alive.  Of course, our resident networker is yours truly, I love making friends. 

**Featured photo courtesy of crew member @Write_TheFilm on Instagram.

Brownie Babii: Talks Creating A Viral Web Series

Brownie Babii: Talks Creating A Viral Web Series

Our Instagram crew members have spoken. And, they have voted for Brownie Babii, the creator, writer, and director of the “Cold Wold Web Series” to be featured on Black TV Film Crew. Season Two of Cold World just premiered with 14,591 viewers for the first episode. With more than 4k subscribers and 250k views for the first season, folks love the gritty, realness of Cold World. Black TV Film Crew took a moment to chop it up with the Executive Producer, herself, Brownie Babii. She’s a New Yorker, born and bred, and loves the support she’s received for her series. She’s grinds like she’s out here trying to make a difference. She is. She’s reminding us of the fact that we live in a Cold World.

When did you start filmmaking? 

I started my journey in 2006 when I shot and starred in my first Web Series.

Cold World is a New York City based web series which shows the trials and tribulations of men and women as they go through relationships and finding their way in the Queens jungle. With more edge than a razor, in this show you’re either getting it or you’re getting got.  There is no in between.

What motivates you to create your projects?

Life’s moments and people’s truths, and the environment in which we were molded. There are  so many untold stories.

In season one, Brownie’s character, Kimberly, has remained faithful to her man on lockdown. But when he gets out, he starts acting real shady with his text messages. Hello, side chicks of the world!  When Kimberly finds out, she goes Shaka Zulu on him and detonates the relationship. Not one for a whole lot of tears and Kleenex, she moves on and keeps it moving. In real life, Brownie has dealt with being the black sheep of her family, a high school drop out and a problem student. But she’s also been a leader, ambitious and a motivator among her peers. She’s a mom and works hard to make her dreams come true.

What’s your favorite thing about yourself?

I have ambition and I’m a leader.  I’m a Black woman and I dare to stand out in a world that is male dominated. I don’t use my body but knowledge to get the job done.

Role models, leaders, and change agents come in all shapes and sizes. They come with GED’s and PhDs. They come gritty and pristine. They come ready to fight or ready to talk. The point is they come. We salute Brownie Babii for working hard make her vision a reality. Check her out on the internets… Peace! www.coldworldnyc.com.        Subscribe www.youtube.com/coldworldwebseries Facebook: Cold World Web Series   Instagram @coldworldwebseries Twitter @COLDWORLDNYC **Do you know of a Black TV Film Crew member deserving of a spotlight. Hit us up! And don’t forget to subscribe to CREW NEWS so you don’t miss updates and gigs. **
Join 65k other viewers and check out the pilot episode of the Cold World Web Series.