As the CEO and Director of A Mother's Cry, I, Khadijah-Catherine Taylor, stand at the forefront of Newark Speaks 2U, a pioneering woman-owned media company committed to elevating voices and fostering community awareness through the art of storytelling. Being the first Puerto Rican-Muslim woman to helm a media company in Newark, New Jersey, I bring a unique perspective and a fervent dedication to the power of multimedia narratives.
My journey, anchored by a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and International Affairs from Rutgers-Newark, has been marked by a commitment to innovation and inclusivity. Having served as a Resident Partner at Express Newark, a space that celebrates diverse artistic endeavors, I've learned the profound impact that different forms of art, from audio to visuals, can have when woven together in the tapestry of storytelling.
In the realm of media, I recognize the evolving preferences of our culture and generation. Understanding that today's audience is inclined towards video content, I strive to harness the potency of various artistic mediums to create compelling and resonant pieces. Each project I undertake is a testament to this belief, crafted to evoke diverse emotions and perspectives.
The genesis of "A Mother's Cry," my debut documentary, was inspired by a notable gap in the representation of stories. By focusing on the mother's perspective and specific communities, I aimed to shed light on narratives that often go unheard. This endeavor is not merely about filmmaking; it's a mission to empower women to share their stories, providing a universal platform for voices that resonate with women worldwide.
Newark Speaks 2U, established in June 2017, stands as a testament to our commitment to storytelling excellence. Collaborating with other companies, we specialize in documentaries, photography, and narratives that encapsulate the rich tapestry of New Jersey. Through our work, we aspire not only to inspire but to raise awareness on a national and global scale.
In essence, Newark Speaks 2U is more than a media company; it is a catalyst for change, a platform amplifying the voices that often remain in the shadows. Our vision is not just to tell stories but to empower, inspire, and foster a sense of community that resonates far beyond the boundaries of Newark. Together, through the art of storytelling, we strive to create a world where every woman's voice is heard, valued, and celebrated.