From legendary filmmaker Spike Lee to self-made writer/director and YouTube Sensation Issa Rae to indie darling Lanre Olabisi, crowdfunding has been a popular form of fundraising for many people and organizations over the past few years. The act of crowdfunding uses the internet to raise money and bring attention to projects that may otherwise not get made. Kickstarter, Indiegogo and GoFundMe are just a few of the many popular crowdfunding sites. The campaigns consist of many projects including getting a business off of the ground, finishing a film or starting a non-profit. Many people raise the money needed to ensure the success of their projects. Chance Barnett of Forbes reports:
“The Crowdfunding Industry Report by Massolution put out data showing the overall crowdfunding industry has raised $2.7 billion in 2012, across more than 1 million individual campaigns globally. In 2013 the industry is projected to grow to $5.1 billion.”
Currently, there are three projects spearheaded by three dynamic Black women who are using crowdfunding to in their efforts to shed light on social issues within the black and female community.
Like Bullock Brown, playwright and actress Ella Turenne is exploring themes of identity in her Indiegogo project. The quote “I am not my hair” speaks volumes about her solo play, Love, Locs and Liberation, which celebrates black hair and beauty. Black hair is a movement in and of itself along with the exploration of black beauty and what black women face while in pursuit of satisfaction. “This roller coaster ride will have you laughing and crying but most importantly, having a conversation about our identity as women and how we own it,” says Turenne. Turenne’s campaign ends today.
These three Black women are using their talents and crowdfunding to enlighten and encourage our communities. Are you working on a project? Tweet us @TheBurtonWire and let us know.
This post was written by Jazzmen Newsom, summer intern for The Burton Wire. She is a rising senior in the department of Mass Media Arts at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga. The Memphis native is a television and film major. Follow her on Twitter @Rainegreatness.