CLACS invites you to a film screening and discussion centered around colorism and its effect on the people of Haiti and the Haitian diaspora. There will be a screening of Charcoal, an award-winning film that captures the stories of two black women, as they embark on a lifelong journey to overcome internalized colorism, find self-acceptance, and ultimately redemption. Following the screening, we will be joined in discussion by the film's director, Francesca Andre and Jessicah Pierre, a Political PR Professional and Social Entrepreneur whose focus is on advocating around women's issue, particularly women of color. Francesca and Jessicah will be sharing their thoughts and experiences with colorism and how it has shaped their lives as Haitian women of the diaspora.
The purpose of this discussion is to encourage dialogue around a topic that is often difficult to discuss and to create the space to engage in conversation around the importance of inclusivity and diversity.
The discussion will be followed by a short reception including traditional Haitian snacks and drinks.
Jessicah Pierre is a Political PR Professional, Blogger, and Social Entrepreneur whose work has been featured in local outlets such as the Boston’s Bay State Banner to national outlets like BET. Growing up in a Haitian-American household, her interest for politics was sparked at a young age from listening to her family’s debates around Haitian and American politics.
Motivated by her growing audience, Jessicah recently launched her personal platform, Jessicahpierre.com. Her website is home to content that promotes civic engagement, entrepreneurship, motivation, and fashion/beauty, in an effort to influence others to be their best self.
Jessicah has always been dedicated to advocating around women’s issues, particularly women of color. She is the President and CEO of Queens Company, a leading organization in Boston dedicated to empowering women of color by hosting networking events, workshops, and by providing a mutual support system.
Francesca Andre is a filmmaker, photographer and producer with a masters in film and television from Sacred Heart University. She is now the co-founder, creative director and producer at Optik 21, a photo and video company. Her photography work has circulated in publications such as the New York Post, New York Daily News, News Day, Connecticut Post, Daily Mail, Ellements Magazine, Fairfield Living Magazine, Westport Magazine, Sheen Magazine, Afropunk, Global Voices, Heed magazine and Stamford Advocate to name a few. Francesca was nominated by Connecticut Magazine for 40 under 40.
Her award winning short film, Charcoal has been screened at several US and International film festivals and reviewed by The New York Daily News, Essence Magazine, Think Progress, Shadow and ACT, the Daily Voice, Ebony Magazine and Connecticut Post to name a few. The film captures the stories of two black women, as they embark on a lifelong journey to overcome internalized colorism, find self-acceptance, and ultimately redemption.