So earlier today I was going to write a post about the awards that I want to win one day. And to clarify I want to win them all. Emmy, Golden Globe, Academy, I want all of them. I want to stand in a room filled with all those who came before me and I want the first words out of my mouth to be “holy shit I am here,” at least for the first one.
But in thinking about all those awards that I want to win one day, I realized that what I really want is the BIPOC Media Award…and then I realized that the BIPOC Media Award does not exist.
So I created it, because I decided if I couldn’t win one, I would do my damndest to make sure that those who come after me have opportunities that I didn’t have as I was coming up.
Now instead of winning the award, I want to be sitting in the back of the room when we can finally get together and celebrate all the amazing BIPOC people in the world who create content for us to enjoy. I want to smile as I look up to each one of them as they accept their awards, and I want that feeling of “they’re here, because I built the foundation,” the idea of that means more to me than winning any award ever could.
So here I am starting something new that’s never been done before, to celebrate all the amazing BIPOC people who are out there killing it to make their dreams come true.
From Youtube Show Creator Michaela P. Shelton of Queen Media Fame, to Necole Hines of Faded Living Lifestyle, I want to celebrate these beautiful phenomenal, men, women, and androgynous people before they die, not after.
I want to showcase what people of color are doing right now, instead of waiting twenty years from now, and while I know that it’s going to be a long, drawn out process, I also know that a year from now when we award the very first ever BIPOC Media Awards it’s absolutely going to be worth it.
I am going to spend the next year building up the brand, and using it to highlight all of the people I’ve never heard of before that are doing things I’ve never thought of doing, and I am going to show the world that BIPOC people deserve to be celebrated just as much when they are here, on this planet, instead of long after they leave it.
Sending all my love,
Devon J Hall