By: Amadi Taylor
Black Web Fest is hosting their third annual festival starting April 12, 2019, at Dumbo Loft in Brooklyn and ending on April 13, 2019, at the National Black Theatre in Harlem. The event is a part of an international event series that celebrates Black creators and digital content. Black Web Fest 2019, their premier festival, features film screenings, a wine tasting, workshops and a series of educational panels. This year’s festival is highlighting health and wellness by hosting a wellness exhibition on day one.
According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population. Black Web Fest is looking to create a safe space for Black creators to gather. Which is why this year Black Web Fest is hosting a health and wellness exhibition.
Black Web Fest will host a free health and wellness exhibition. The exhibit will feature mental health counselors, yoga instructors, fitness experts, and other Black-owned brands in the health and wellness industry. Panelist includes Dui Jarrod, Award-Winning Filmmaker and Creator of BET Digital Series ‘Brooklyn.Blue.Sky’; Kalam Dennis, Co-Founder of AptDeco; Lee Moulton, Global Head of Partnerships at SeatGeek; and more. Panels will discuss hot topics in media and tech including health and wellness, entrepreneurialism, intellectual property, blockchain, and animation.
“As Black creators are faced with so much ongoing pressure, it’s important that they still have safe spaces to gather, talk, and find solutions. During the festival, we’re hosting a wellness exhibition and having a panel with industry experts. We’re bringing resources together to expose creators to the options available for their holistic health.” says Victoria Coker, Creator of Black Web Fest.
We were able to ask Victoria a few questions about Black Web Fest.
Why did you decide to start Black Web Fest?
I started the festival after speaking with creators. I realized there was a gap between creators of color and emerging technology. Technology is changing the media landscape. To stay competitive in the space we need to stay up to date. So that's why each year the festival has panels that focus on media tech and business.
What do you want attendees to take away from this year’s focus on health and wellness?
I want them to learn that there are alternatives and options and it's not taboo to discuss these things.
Why is Black Web Fest important to our culture?
Black Web Fest celebrates Black creators. Many times major platforms don't provide access. In mainstream media, there aren't enough Black actors, filmmakers, writers, and directors. So we need to support ourselves and brands that we create.
Black Web Fest is creating a safe space for Black creators. Tickets are available for purchase now at blackwebfest.com.
This event is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).