On Friday, April 19th, Tri-Cities High School hosted the 2nd Annual Minorities In Media Panel for its students at the Atlanta-area school’s Viola Turner Theater in East Point, GA. The event, created by Tri-Cities’ Social Studies Department and co-sponsored by Hip Hop Gives Back, address the issues with the way minorities are popularly portrayed in the media. The panel consisted of academic scholars, community organizers and professionals in film, music, TV and the Non-Profit field.
Hip Hop Gives Back’s co-founder and CEO Konata J. Nicholson was joined on the panel by multimedia personality Nina Brown, Brand Manager and Executive Assistant to radio legend and entrepreneur Frank Ski; April Lundy, Assistant Professor of Film & Television at Clark Atlanta University; singer and talk show host Trei Taylor, who also serves at the Producer of the Toni and Griff Show; youth and adult counselor Brother Rahsaan X Anthony, Creator and Co-Host of “The Streets Are Talking” radio show and Management Assistant to multi-platinum rap group Nappy Roots; Aaron Harris, Founder of the “Foundations Youth Center,” which seeks to encourage social and moral responsibility through media; author Dr. Maurice J. Hobson, Assistant Professor of African-American Studies at Georgia State University; and We The Best Records’ DJ Kash, DJ and On-Air Personality at Atlanta’s V-103 (WVEE-FM).
Hosted by the event’s creator, Tri-Cities social studies instructor Jan D’Aguiar, the event drew over 100 members of the student body, faculty and staff, who gathered to hear the panelists’ interaction and take part in the Q&A that followed. The discussion covered a wide variety of topics in media – from music and television, to online and social media – and how it affects minority teens today, including handling peer pressure, attaining success and overcoming fear and personal doubts. The candid conversation offered the students knowledge and awareness about the local and global impact of minorities in media, and the way they, as the next generation, can effect the necessary changes.
Hip Hop Gives Back looks forward to the next edition of Minorities in the Media and is working on expanding the program to other schools, even at a collegiate level.
Check out our gallery of photos from Minorities in the Media II