We began as a documentary film. In 2007, our Founder/Exec. Director Aiesha Turman was the coordinator of a museum-based high school cultural arts and academic internship. With a roster of approximately 50 students in grades 9-12, she became a mentor, big-sister, and friend to many of her students, particularly the girls. What struck her the most was the fact that many of the young women participants were dealing with the same issues that she and her peers had dealt with a decade and a half prior. Add to that Aiesha’s growing dismay with the lack of diverse images of black amen and girls in the media, and an idea was born.
With no film training, Ms. Turman set out on a two-year quest to gather the stories of young woman and while in the editing process, began to formulate an outreach plan. This plan, developed into the organization The Black Girl Project.