Black Deaf History
Jade Bryan is the first Black Deaf Filmmaker and Activist. In 2012, Jade Bryan is a social and cultural icon centralized on spreading awareness about the lack of representation of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) in television and film. She founded the Deaf Talent Movement. This movement began on multiple online and real-life platforms, starting with social media. Jade Bryan created a social media platform by using Twitter and Facebook to spread awareness of the need for better representation in television and film before moving her movement to the streets. From 2015-2017, The Shattered Mind film has toured 47 film festivals around the world and won 17 awards! Deaf White actors use the hashtag in their media advertisements and campaigns to protest hearing actors taking on Television and movie roles of Deaf characters away from Deaf people. Jade Bryan fought to preserve her original "The Deaf Talent" movement to fight for Black Deaf actors/Actors of color's roles and opportunities in TVs and films. She officially owned the trademark, Deaf Talent! It is still an ongoing fight for recognition, visibility and inclusion in front of and behind the camera.
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