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Jamia Wilson

Jamia Wilson is many things: An activist. A feminist. A storyteller. A mediamaker. But more than anything, she is a natural-born thought leader.

As Executive Director and Publisher of Feminist Press at City University of New York, the former Women, Action, and the Media Executive Director, TED Prize Storyteller, and former Vice President of Programs at The Women’s Media Center, Jamia has been a powerful force in the social justice movement for nearly a decade.

As a leading voice on feminist and women’s rights issues, her work and words have appeared in and on several outlets such as New York Magazine, The Today Show, and The Washington Post. She’s also a staff writer for Rookie and has contributed to several books such as Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop, and I Still Believe Anita Hill. But what we’re most excited about is her own book that she’s currently writing about Beyonce and feminism. (Yes, really.) It’s no surprise she was named in Refinery29’s “17 Faces of the Future of Feminism".

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What drives your commitment to inspiring young people?

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Why is it important to draw from real life in your writing?

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Who has inspired you?

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Why did you want to write about black figures in history?

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Why was this book important to you to write?

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What inspired the title of your book - Young, Gifted and Black?

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What is the book Young, Gifted and Black about?

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Are there any black figures that you feel have been unjustly overlooked?

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Have you had to overcome any challenges to be a successful writer?

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Is social media empowering for giving voice to a wider range of young people?

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Is there a Black History month in America?

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How can schools support children from diverse backgrounds?

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Have you suffered from online abuse?

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Why did you write the book Step into Your Power?

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What would the one piece of advice you could tell your teenage self if you could?

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What is the most effective way an adult can support a young person?

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How do the illustrations contribute to the success of the book?

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How can young people empower themselves?

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How can a young person ‘Step into their own Power’?

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