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Media Done Responsibly is a media education charity that develops strategic partnerships with schools and media professionals to educate and empower the next generation of media creators and consumers.
MDR trains this incoming generation of media makers, producers, directors, journalists and content creators. When they complete training through MDR, they have clear, strategic tools to use their influence and power to disrupt the status quo of racism, misogyny, rape culture, cyber bullying, and the criminalization of Black and brown youth. In an environment where Muslims, immigrants, LGBTQ people, and communities of color are being victimized by an upsurge in hate crimes, safe spaces that expound the power and value of diverse human life are necessity.
Annually, over 300 college students in MDR’s partner universities synthesize data from scholarly research to create and lead hands-on, interactive media literacy workshops for 700 youth in over 30 middle and high schools across LA County. Youth have an opportunity to understand how they relate to the media they consume, as well as tell stories from their perspectives, shine light on issues like cyberbullying and lack of quality representation, and advocate for body positivity and inclusion. We have served over 15,000 young people and counting!
We look forward to you being a part of our community!
Founder and CEO
Shaunelle Curry is an author, Masters' level educator, and an advocate for women and youth. In 2006, Shaunelle created Media Done Responsibly (formerly Mother's Day Radio), a movement calling for a day to rest form the denigration and objectification of women on urban radio. This advocacy movement has now expanded to an award-winning Media Education program that trains 200 college mentors annually to lead workshops in critical media literacy thought in middle and high school youth.
YOLANDA GORMAN, PHD
Interim Board Chair
Yolanda is the Chief of Staff to the Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives at the University of California, Los Angeles. Previously, Dr. Gorman was president and CEO of Phillips Graduate University, a graduate school of professional psychology and management. She is a two-time Regent Emerita for the University of California, Board of Regents, and the first African American woman to chair the board of the UCLA Alumni Association. Dr. Gorman is a three-time graduate from UCLA with a B.A. in psychology, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology.
Denise is responsible for strategic planning and business development for denise+pines inc., a brand strategy, media development, and event production firm. Pines launched her company in 2010 after an exclusive 15-year partnership with Tavis Smiley. Pines served as President for The Smiley Group, Inc. She helped launch Tavis Smiley on PBS (viewed in 96% of U.S. households), The Tavis Smiley Show (heard on 101 public radio stations), and produced over 130 events. She's held management positions in marketing, sales, and PR for The Gap, AT&T, Neiman Marcus, and Louis Vuitton. Pines has a bachelor of science degree in marketing from San Francisco State University, a master's degree in international business from John F. Kennedy University, and a master's degree in finance from Stanford University.
Award-winning playwright, actor, producer, & educator, Fanshen Cox is currently touring her one-woman show: One Drop of Love. Fanshen is also a Producer and Development Executive at Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's Pearl Street Films. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cape Verde, West Africa, and holds a BA in Spanish & Education, an MA in TESOL, and an MFA in TV, Film, & Theatre. She has been honored with Distinguished Alumni Awards from CSULA and from Teachers College, Columbia University. She serves on the board of The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and on Kennedy Center's Turnaround Art Equity Advisory Committee. Fanshen is also a co-author of the inclusion Ride, which was announced at the 2018 Oscar awards by Frances McDormand.
Estella Owoimaha-Church was recently named a Global Teacher Prize Finalist (2017) and has since begun to work on a global stage. Though in the classroom full time, Estella remains active with several community organizations, including Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, helping to train teachers in human rights and social justice education. She believes in the arts as a transformative tool; the arts can be used to heal communities and build bridges on a global stage, and cultivate youth into global citizens.
MDR creates a media space that tells stories of the humanity and dignity of diverse and disenfranchised communities. We do this by training media makers who are conscious consumers, creators, and advocates of humanity-centered media. MDR has worked with Cal State LA, Cal State Northridge and Mount Saint Mary University across disciplines to increase the number of students able to critically analyze media messages and neutralize the influence of exposure to violent behavior, risky sexual behavior, and cultural/gender stereotypes.
More on MDR's partnership with Cal State LA here.
MDR thanks our generous sponsors who financially support the work of MDR.
Pasadena Arts Council
Los Angeles Social Venture Partners
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Women’s Foundation of California
Tavis Smiley Foundation
CBS Entertainment Diversity
In addition, MDR thanks our generous community members who continue to donate and help this project to flourish. To support our media literacy education and advocacy efforts, please make a donation to Media Done Responsibly. You have the option of making a one-time donation, or giving ongoing support by making a monthly donation.*
*Media Done Responsibly is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations to Media Done Responsibly are tax deductible to the full extent of the law under Federal ID 46-3754868.