Aug. 3

1:30 PM


Youth Panel: Storytelling for Online Platforms

This panel will give young folks an opportunity to engage with dynamic online content creators who are innovating storytelling through online distribution while successfully building audiences for their work.


Tayarisha Poe


Tayarisha Poe is a storyteller from West Philly who believes that all stories are inherently multi-sensory and multi-dimensional, and thus should be told that wayShe was chosen as one of the 25 New Faces by Filmmaker Magazine in 2015, and in 2016 she received the Sundance Institute’s Knight Foundation Fellowship. In 2017 she was selected for the January Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab, as well as the June Sundance Director’s Lab. She is a 2017 Pew Fellow.Her favorite color is sun-struck lavender and she is always looking for fiction recommendations.

Yaba Blay

Filmmaker, Scholar, Digital Organizer

Yaba Blay is a scholar, cultural worker and digital organizer. Her practice centers on the lived experiences of Black people all over the world, with a particular focus on identity politics and beauty practices. Lauded by O Magazine for her social media activism, she is the creator and Executive Producer of #ProfessionalBlackGirl, a docu-series and online community boasting 100K+ followers, and previously constructed the campaigns #LocsofLove, #PrettyPeriod, and #WeAllWeGot. In 2012, Dr. Blay served as a producer on CNN’s Black in America: Who is Black in America? and has since been named one of today’s leading voices by ‘The Root 100.’ She has appeared on CNN, BET, MSNBC, and NPR, her work has been featured in The New York Times, EBONY, Essence, Fast Company, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Colorlines, The Root, and Al Jazeera America. Her commentary is featured in A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond, a permanent installation exhibited in the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The former Dan Blue Endowed Chair in Political Science at North Carolina Central University, Dr. Blay previously taught at Drexel University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, and Temple University, where she earned her doctorate in African American Studies and Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. She is author of the award-winning (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race.

Rashid Zakat

Filmmaker, DJ, Photographer

Rashid Zakat is a filmmaker and artist born and raised in Baltimore, MD. He’s spent the better part of his life documenting things people make through photos, short films, websites and events. He usually lives in Philadelphia.