Tuesday, June 22, 2010

June 4th Youth Media Education Symposium

On June 4th 2009, 130 students and adults from Gardena, Crenshaw, Dorsey and King-Drew Medical Magnet High Schools, in addition to Audubon and Horace Mann Middle School participated in a Youth Media Education Symposium sponsored and supported by the Women of Color Media Justice Initiative, the California Women’s Foundation and the Gardena High School Healthy Start Collaborative. The event was held at California State Dominguez Hills’ Loker Student Union. Students and youth advocates gave presentations on media literacy and advocacy which focused on analyzing media representations of young women and men of color, addressing violence against women of color in music and video, developing positive images of masculinity and male responsibility, and dissecting media stereotypes of LGBT communities of color. Women’s Leadership Project students presented a workshop that examined the similarities in the history of media imagery of African American women and Latinas. Representatives from Peace Over Violence, Mother’s Day Radio and the LACHRC also gave presentations. Artist and musician Nailah Porter provided inspirational words and songs on socially responsible music for the closing debrief session.

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