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Increasing Black Female Representation on Industry Red Carpets

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By Tammy ReesePublished about a month ago 3 min read

Hi everyone,

Thank you for tuning into my article. I have had the honor of gracing numerous industry red carpets, interviewing some of the most legendary Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Emmy winners. I've spoken with some of the most beloved actors, singers, directors, and writers, and covered press events for major networks. However, during these events, I rarely see women who look like me in the room or even on Zoom. I am immensely thankful for the opportunity to be a journalist. With a degree in media, my journey began in elementary school, reporting on school news. I then joined a theater and TV production company where we produced live TV weekly from our public access cable station. After obtaining my media degree, I went on to write and produce short films on pressing social issues such as bullying, suicide prevention, domestic violence, and HIV awareness. My hard work has been recognized, and I am an award-winning writer and journalist. Throughout my career, I have put in the work, sacrificed, and accomplished a lot while being a mother. Yet, I am acutely aware that many people who look like me are not afforded these same opportunities. This lack of representation is a significant issue that needs to be addressed. I want to call for more Black women to have the chance to obtain the opportunities I am blessed to have.

The entertainment industry, like many others, has a long way to go in terms of diversity and inclusion. Black women are underrepresented on red carpets, in press rooms, and in leadership positions within media organizations. It's time for that to change. Seeing more Black women on industry red carpets is not just about visibility; it's about creating pathways for success and breaking down barriers. Representation matters because it inspires the next generation to believe that they, too, can achieve greatness in fields where they are currently underrepresented.

To help make this vision a reality, I am mentoring and conducting one-on-one media masterclasses for aspiring media professionals who want to enter entertainment journalism. My goal is to pay it forward and help others achieve their dreams, just as I have been helped in my career. If you are an aspiring journalist, writer, or media professional, I encourage you to reach out to me. Together, we can work towards a more inclusive industry where everyone has the opportunity to shine. You can email me at [email protected] to learn more about my mentoring programs and masterclasses. We are greater when we help others just as we were helped in our careers. By lifting each other up, we can create a more equitable and diverse media landscape. I firmly believe that by increasing the representation of Black women on red carpets and in media, we enrich the industry with diverse perspectives, creativity, and excellence. Thank you for reading, and let's work together to make a difference.

In conclusion, the push for more Black female representation on industry red carpets is not merely a call for equality but a demand for the celebration of diversity that enriches the entertainment industry. Representation fosters a sense of belonging and inspires future generations to pursue their dreams. As I reflect on my journey, I am filled with gratitude for the opportunities I have had and a deep sense of responsibility to pave the way for others. My experiences have shown me that change is possible, but it requires intentional effort and collective action. Let's create a world where every young Black girl can see herself reflected in the media, not just as a consumer but as a creator, a storyteller, and a leader. Join me in this mission to increase Black female representation in the media. Together, we can ensure that the red carpet welcomes everyone. Thank you for joining me in this important conversation.

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Tammy Reese

Tammy is best known for her legendary interviews with Sharon Stone, Angela Bassett, Sigourney Weaver, Geena Davis, Morris Chestnut, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Laurence Fishburne, Omar Epps, Joseph Sikora, and more.

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