Black Member Forum

Supporting Black creatives in the WIF community.

Culture can be transformed, and so can our industry. Here at WIF, we aim to create community and spaces for women, particularly BIPOC women, to nurture creativity, build and sustain careers, create avenues for the next generation, and claim our power. We know that we can only end the long-established pattern of racism in Hollywood if we prioritize the changes that women of color need to thrive.

When we first established the Black Member Forum in summer 2020, our country was rocked by righteous protests against ongoing establishment violence against Black people. What emerged from our first town hall-style virtual discussion and subsequent gatherings was a deeper understanding of what BIPOC in our community need from WIF as an organization. By offering events for Black members only, to support our Black members’ wellness and professional development, we aim to take action against white supremacy in our industry and culture.

This organization was founded by women who knew that building community and mutual empowerment was the only way to achieve parity in the male-dominated and sexist entertainment industry. We pledge to deepen and sustain our investment in equity for all women in the screen industries, and this means acknowledging and addressing the specific needs of women of color in protected, respectful, and culturally-sensitive spaces.

The research is clear. The number of people from underrepresented groups working in Hollywood has increased in recent years, but women of color and Black women in particular remain significantly underrepresented both behind and in front of the camera. WIF has a bold vision for change and we are proud of our dedication to uplifting our members of color. Thank you for being part of a community that shares our commitment to equity and justice.

WIF is dedicated to achieving equity for all women in the screen industries. As part of this mission, we believe that focusing on underrepresented populations is part of the strategy. Our programming includes events for specific communities (e.g. Black Member Forum) and we respectfully request that members who don’t identify as part of that community refrain from attending.

Upcoming Events

Transitioning to Creative with Producer Okema T. Moore

Black Member Forum, it’s time for another mind-opening session with your peers! Join the conversation at our next Industry Insiders gathering as we chat with Emmy-nominated producer Okema T. Moore about transitioning to creative. She’ll be talking about her career pivot into the business of entertainment as well as how she’s forged her own unique path as a  producer and director. This will be an interactive virtual session, so come prepared to share your questions and ideas! Whether you’re a writer, actor, director, editor, development exec—or just hoping to move into one of those fields, this discussion is FOR YOU. This event is for Black creatives in any filmmaking field, at any level in their careers. That means you: introverts, extroverts, and everybody in between.

 

Thursday, April 21, 2022 | 12:00–1:00 p.m. PDT

WIF's Black Member Forum (BMF) is open to all Black members of WIF at any membership level. For information on non-BMF events, or to find out how you can support BMF programming as a white & non-black ally, subscribe to our newsletter.

Black Women Animate with Taylor Shaw

Join us for our next Industry Insiders conversation with the youngest CEO in the animation industry, visual effects visionary, and founder of Black Women Animate, Taylor K. Shaw (ANT MAN, PACIFIC RIM, BLACK PANTHER, READY PLAYER ONE). Even if you’re not an animator, you will not want to miss this conversation about making a seat for yourself in traditionally white, traditionally male fields; finding your community; and taking your dreams to the next level. After our conversation, stick around for a little socializing and networking. Come on and spark connections and grow together! Share what you’re working on, applying for, watching, learning, and doing! This event is for Black creatives in any filmmaking field, at any level in their careers. That means you: introverts, extroverts, and everybody in between.

 

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | 1:15 p.m. PDT

WIF's Black Member Forum (BMF) is open to all Black members of WIF at any membership level. For information on non-BMF events, or to find out how you can support BMF programming as a white & non-black ally, subscribe to our newsletter.

Past Event Highlights

Virtual Networking

Virtual Networking

February 23, 2022

Until we can gather in person, let’s continue to spark those connections over Zoom! It’s time for our February virtual networking mixer and we want to see YOU! We’re going to start the evening with a brief conversation about what it takes to be a good producer, then we’ll open it up so folks can share the things you’ve been working on, applying for, watching, learning, and doing! This networking mixer is for any Black creative in any filmmaking field, at any level in their careers. This event is for introverts, extroverts, and everybody in between.

Screenwriting Workshop

With Kafia Haile

Screenwriting Workshop

With Kafia Haile

January 16, 2022

Black Member Forum: what are your screenwriting goals for 2022? If you are new to the craft OR simply want to solidify your grasp of form, voice, story structure, action, and description, join writer Kafia Haile for a workshop that will kickstart your writing goals for the new year!

In Conversation

With Dayna Lynne North

In Conversation

With Dayna Lynne North

December 16, 2021

BMF supporters are invited to join this intimate conversation with Dayna Lynne North, known for her work on the upcoming THE BEST MAN: FINAL CHAPTERS, “Insecure,” “Single Ladies,” and “Veronica Mars.” Come hear from this incredible writer and producer as she breaks down her creative process, her journey to success, and her advice for emerging and mid-career Black creatives. Moderated by writer Erika Culverson.

Director & Producer Networking Mixer

Director & Producer Networking Mixer

September 9, 2021

Are you a rising, emerging, or established creative looking to connect with Black directors and producers? This networking mixer is for everyone in any filmmaking field, at any level in their careers, but is of particular use for those folks hoping to connect with directors and producers specifically for creative exchange and community! Join us THIS THURSDAY at 6:00 p.m. PDT to connect, share stories, and swap resources—and just maybe find that special someone to take your projects to the next level!

We’ll start the evening with a brief conversation about the director/producer relationship, then break into smaller groups for guided conversations that will help spark conversation and encourage you to get to know your peers. This event is for introverts, extroverts, and everybody in between.

This event is open to WIF’s Black members at any membership level, and to interested Black creatives who would like to learn more about WIF, the Black Member Forum, and the tremendous repository of talent at the forefront of the media that will change our media landscape.

Writer & Director Networking Mixer

Writer & Director Networking Mixer

September 2, 2021

Are you looking to connect with other Black filmmakers? Join the vibrant creative community of the WIF Black Member Forum for a networking mixer for writers and directors to connect, share stories, and swap ideas—and potentially find the right partner to take your current project to the next level! We’ll start the evening with a brief conversation about the writer/director relationship, then break into smaller groups for guided conversations that will help spark conversation and encourage you to get to know your peers. This event is for introverts, extroverts, and everybody in between.

This event is open to WIF’s Black members at any membership level, and to interested Black creatives who would like to learn more about WIF, the Black Member Forum, and the tremendous repository of talent at the forefront of the media that will change our media landscape.

In Conversation

With Numa Perrier

In Conversation

With Numa Perrier

August 26, 2021

Join the Black Member Forum for an engaging conversation with actor, director, writer, producer, and visual artist Numa Perrier. Learn more about her creative work, her start in the business, and advice for emerging and mid-career creatives. Moderated by artist and filmmaker Rashaunda Brooks. This event is co-hosted with Open Signal Labs.

In Conversation

With Nichelle Spellman

In Conversation

With Nichelle Spellman

May 26, 2021

Join the WIF Black Member Forum for an engaging conversation with powerhouse producer and writer Nichelle Spellman, showrunner for “Truth Be Told” (Apple TV+) and writer for amazing shows like “The Good Wife,” “Justified,” “Mercy,” “Harper’s Island,” and “Women’s Murder Club.” She’ll be talking about her creative work, her start in the business, her advice for emerging creatives, and thoughts on the industry.

In Conversation

With Kay Oyegun

In Conversation

With Kay Oyegun

April 7, 2021

Members of the WIF Black Member Forum are invited to an intimate conversation with writer, director, and producer Kay Oyegun (“This Is Us,” “Queen Sugar”). Tune in to hear how this talented creative achieved her breakthrough, the way she constructs and maintains her creative process, her method for adapting literary works for the screen, and more! Attendees will have the opportunity to network with each other after the conversation.

In Conversation

With LaToya Morgan

In Conversation

With LaToya Morgan

March 17, 2021

Members of the WIF Black Member Forum are invited to an intimate conversation with writer and producer LaToya Morgan (“The Walking Dead,” “Turn,” “Into the Badlands”), who has an overall deal with Warner Bros. Television. Join us for a discussion of LaToya’s inspiring career and tap into your own creative vision.

In Conversation

With Roxanne Avent Taylor

In Conversation

With Roxanne Avent Taylor

February 8, 2021

Members of the WIF Black Member Forum are invited to an intimate conversation with independent producer Roxanne Avent Taylor (FATALE, BLACK AND BLUE, THE INTRUDER), and a driving force behind several justice and youth advocacy initiatives. Join us for a discussion of Taylor’s inspiring career and tap into your own creative vision.

In Conversation

With Sam Bailey

In Conversation

With Sam Bailey

January 25, 2021

Members of the WIF Black Member Forum are invited to an intimate conversation with writer, director, and producer Sam Bailey (“Grown-ish,” “Dear White People”), creator of the Emmy-nominated webseries “Brown Girls.” As we enter a new year, join us for a discussion of Bailey’s inspiring career and tap into your own creative vision.

Get It! Write

A Conversation with JaNeika & JaSheika James

Get It! Write

A Conversation with JaNeika & JaSheika James

October 26, 2020

Black members of WIF are invited to join the Black Member Forum (BMF) and the BMF Writers Group for a fascinating conversation with writers/producers JaNeika & JaSheika James. Come join the discussion as the James sisters talk about their careers, share perspectives on the challenges of being a Black woman in the business, and offer insights for success. They’ll also be talking about their new book Living Double.

Get It! Write

A Conversation with Kendra Chapman

Get It! Write

A Conversation with Kendra Chapman

October 17, 2020

Black members of WIF are invited to join the Black Member Forum (BMF) and the BMF Writers Group for a fascinating conversation with writer/producer Kendra Chapman. Come join the discussion as Chapman talks about her work, shares her perspective on the challenges of being a Black woman in the business, and offers insights for success.

Entertainment Law 411

Entertainment Law 411

October 13, 2020

Black members of WIF are invited to join the Black Member Forum (BMF) for Entertainment Law 411: a BESLA Legal Seminar with executives from Amazon Studios, Frankfurt Kumin Klein & Selz PC, and Pryor Cashman LLP. Come join the discussion with these experts as they discuss the legal perspective and challenges of being a Black woman in the business. Moderated by Lawrence Hinkle, COO and General Counsel, UrbanflixTV, Inc.

Get It! Write

A Conversation with Jess Carson

Get It! Write

A Conversation with Jess Carson

September 14, 2020

Black members of WIF are invited to join the Black Member Forum (BMF) and the BMF Writers Group for a fascinating conversation with writer/director Jess Carson. Come join the discussion as Carson talks about her work, shares her perspective on the challenges of being a Black woman in the business, and offers insights for success. Please note that this gathering is specifically for Black members of WIF.

Get It! Write

A Conversation with Thembi Banks

Get It! Write

A Conversation with Thembi Banks

August 17, 2020

Black members of WIF are invited to join the Black Member Forum (BMF) and the BMF Writers Group for a fascinating conversation with screenwriter Thembi Banks. Come join the discussion as Banks talks about her work, shares her perspective on the challenges of being a Black woman in the business, and offers insights for success.

Mind, Body, Soul—Racism & Stress

Mind, Body, Soul—Racism & Stress

July 30, 2020

Join clinical psychologist Dr. Mary Jayne Sims in a workshop for Black women in entertainment that explores the impact of race-based traumatic stress. During this time, with a lot of visibility around violence against Black individuals and communities, many of us feel anxious, exhausted, sad, and angry. This can have severe impacts on our bodies, our mental health, our relationships, and our work. This workshop will provide culturally relevant strategies and resources to help black members heal in community with each other. Please note that this gathering is specifically for Black members.

Welcome

Welcome

July 21, 2020

WIF is convening the Black Member Forum to center our Black members and give them space to continue to build community with each other. This is an opportunity to share current projects and resources, voice concerns, offer feedback and community happenings, and help shape this organization moving forward. This gathering is open to all Black members of WIF at any membership level.