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Oct. 17, 2022

On Media 2070 Featuring Collette Watson

On Media 2070 Featuring Collette Watson

In this episode, Collette Watson, Vice-President of Cultural Strategy for Free Press, explains the mission of Media 2070, an organization created to bring equity into media narratives. The episode concludes with my thoughts on hypocrisy in the law and order political debate.

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Media 2070 is a growing consortium of media-makers and activists collectively dreaming reparative policies, interventions, and futures. This work is an effort to radically transform who has the capital to tell their own stories by 2070 — 50 years from its inception. This work is an idea, welcoming critique and feedback. It is liberation work within a lineage of civil-rights activism, racial-justice organizing, and calls for reparations. This work makes visible the ways in which the media have taken part in and supported state violence and harm against Black people. It seeks to highlight how the media can serve as a lever for racial justice — and underscore the repair and reconciliation necessary to build strong, free, democratic communities. To achieve full freedom and democracy, it’s critical to change entrenched media narratives about Black people. This is an attempt at that change — an attempt at creating a world that’s never existed.