Journalists and writers are also launching production arm SPKN / WRD to raise voice in the Black Diaspora. Former CNN International anchor Isha Sesay has become the first woman to head the global black media company Okmedia.
The organization, which includes editorial brands OKAfrica and OKPlayer (the latter founded by Questlove in 1999), noted that it showcased culture in the Black Diaspora, creating British-bred cesses, who are Sierra Leonean descendants, a suitable alternative as CEO.
To join OKMedia, Sesay is also launching and will serve as CEO of its new production arm, SPKN / WRD, which will tell stories through feature films, television, documentaries, podcasts, and publishing. And he will serve on the board of directors of Okmedia, including chairman and co-founder of Dataminr, Sam Hendell, and The Roots manager, and Sean Gee, urban president of Live Nation.
Last month, Okmedia launched the Mental Health and Wellness Initiative: The Practice of Healing, which included an eight-track meditation directed by MMYYKK and voiced by talent including Big K.R.I.T, Quadis Casey, Deja Joelle and Kenji Summers; A short film edited by Andrew Morrow (Beyoncé Black is King), an event series hosted by Fotographiska NYYC, and a fireball chat with Grammy-nominated rapper Vic Mensa.
“This is an exciting company that has done a fantastic job for a long time, which I have praised,” Siese said in a statement. “I can’t wait to bring all my ideas to life, to expand the offerings and ways of my content to highlight this fantastic brand in Africa and to even more people.”
After 13 years at CNN — during which she received the Gracie Award for Outstanding Anchor and shared in her team’s Peabody for the 2014 kidnapping of 276 Chiboks, Nigeria’s schoolgirls abandoned the terrorist group Coco Haram-lead in 2018 Gone and a year later.
As of 2019, 112 children out of 276 schoolgirls are unaccounted for. Sesay also founded the non-profit W.E. (Women Everywhere) can lead to developing teenage girls in Africa to become leaders. Last summer, after the rape and murder of 5-year-old Kadijah Sikoh in Sierra Leone, she partnered with Idris Elba (a frequent Hum Lead associate) and activist Asma James to help Survivor Solidarity Fund for sexual assault survivors in the country Can be launched.
Hendel said in a statement, “during her career under Isha’s leadership to shed light on the most important and understated stories around the world – from the outbreak of the pandemic in Africa to her work as a UN Goodwill Ambassador and women Women are facing ongoing violence against women. Girls — fully engage with our mission to tell stories that advance global culture. “