Dedicated to enhancing the skills and careers of black filmmakers

The Co-Founders

Reggie Williams is a screenwriter and director based out of Brooklyn. After graduating from Emerson College, Reggie wrote for Comedy Central and more recently finished a feature length documentary about his own black identity which features writer Micheal Denzel Smith, filmmaker Joshua Bee Alafia, amongst others. 

Lande Yoosuf is a television industry professional with several years of experience casting at numerous networks including MTV, NBC, WEtv, truTV and Bravo to name a few. Lande Yoosuf oversees all aspects of casting and production at One Scribe Media with a strong emphasis on story composition. Her responsibilities help to ensure that her client's creative goals, vision and needs are met maintaining One Scribe Media's expressed brand. Lande is currently writing several screenplays covering themes of media influence, sociology, gender and race relations, pop culture, women's empowerment and self-image. Lande graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.A. in Television and minor in marketing.


Driadonna Roland is an ‘80s baby born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. After earning her B.S. in Journalism at Florida A&M University, she got her start as a newspaper reporter, then transitioned to digital media. Driadonna has always merged her journalism skills with her passion for entertainment, as a writer for MTV News, BuzzFeed, REVOLT, and more. Now a deputy editor at Complex, she writes features, profiles celebrities, and produces digital content. But she’s tired of covering other people living their dreams—Driadonna is working to transition her experience as a creative storyteller into becoming a television writer/show runner. You can reach her at or on social media @DreeTV.


Kearah-Armonie (Kearmonie) is an Afro-Caribbean Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Filmmaker from Brooklyn, NY. She is currently an MFA candidate at The Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema for Post-Production. Kearmonie’s writing often exhibits the condition of the Black American from a millennial lens, with personal accounts of love, family, oppression, and womanism. 

Her work can be found in magazine, and Great Weather for Media’s anthology “The Other Side of Violet”. This Black History Month she completed a photo project #28ShadesofBlackMagic, in collaboration with LaQuann Dawson, a collection of portraits featuring 28 Young, Black creatives and entrepreneurs for each day of February. She also takes on art film, creating short poetic and experimental films, offering this as a service to her fellow poets and spoken word artists.

Most recently, she produced, shot, and edited short film “Shoulders”, a story highlighting the urgency and significance of friendship among Black Women, now streaming on "Aurore TV"(

Follow her work @kearmonie

Shanice O'Brien is an aspiring screenwriter and Senior Coordinator at CNN's Great Big Story.

A former Talent Associate for BET Networks, Shanice has experience pitching talent, assisting with the development of original programs and creating segment concepts for live television. 

With a great deal of on set experience she has also directly assisted and worked to secure talent for television specials and award shows. 

Shanice graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Journalism and Media Studies, B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies.

Shurize Richards graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Advertising Communications and a Minor in Film. 

She has a history of working in the entertainment industry and non-profit organizations. She has produced three films in the last two years and is an aspiring Executive Producer, Director and Entrepreneur.


Stefanie Philpott is a writer and aspiring screenwriter/director from Cleveland, OH. She is currently based out of Brooklyn, NY where she is writing a Dramedy series based on her time in New York. She is also working on a Docu-Series on taboo topics within the African Diaspora community as a co-writer, co-producer, and co-director.

Stefanie graduated from Central State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Media and Roosevelt University with a M.S. in Integrated Marketing.

Najma Nuriddin is an award-winning filmmaker and producer from California,USA who received her M.F.A. from Howard University in Film. As a filmmaker Najma writes, directs and produces. Najma’s, films have traveled to various film festivals around the world and Najma herself has traveled and worked in Africa, Europe, and South East Asia as a freelance filmmaker.

Additionally, Najma created Nsoroma films in 2010 which is “dedicated to telling aesthetically connected stories that are unique to the human experience from a cultural perspective, striving to be a catalyst for a creative revolution.” 

Currently residing in New Orleans Najma, previously an Emerging Voices Mentee with the New Orleans Films Society spends her time as an adjunct film lecturer and working on her next project.


Yaphet Jackman is a Brooklyn born, Guyanese bred filmmaker with a passion to live, learn & laugh. He holds a B.Sc in Communication Studies from the University of Guyana and an M.F.A in film from Ohio University. 

Coupled with 20 years of experience in the media and television industry across the Caribbean and the US, Yaphet worked his way up from a part time camera operator to a budding Cinematographer/Director.

As an independent filmmaker, he's on a journey to preserve and develop culture and the visual arts in Guyana and the Caribbean. He's committed to use film and new media as a means to bring Caribbean stories to main stream distribution.

Yaphet has worked on projects with the World Bank, USAID, the Global Shapers Community – an affiliate of the World Economic Forum, Caribbean Governments, AT&T, Verizon, the Athens International Film Festival and the New York Film Academy to name a few.

Follow his work @yaphetjackman


Ashley Hobbs is a Jersey-born-and-bred writer + producer, Ashley is obsessed with creating content and experiences that encourage, inform, connect, and evoke. She’s equally hellbent on innovating unapologetically. Her work lives at the crash site of faith, creativity, wellness, and culture.

Ashley is a freelance content creator for outlets like xoNecole and UrbanCusp and she is championing the engaging feature interview on her site, Temple & Riot. Currently, Ashley is writing two short films and researching for a documentary on Black camaraderie.

Joel McGill is a multifaceted creative who performs daily project management for music curation company while moonlighting as an actor. 

He has trained at T. Schreiber studios and is looking to join the UCB training this year. He loves to write heartfelt and spirited debates or discussions on ideology, dating, and philosophy. He as also hosted his own Podcast called “Wait What?!”.

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