Today marks the first day of Black History Month and I celebrated with a Twitter Chat talking about the inaugural Dream in Black 28 List launched by AT&T. It was awe-inspiring to hear how all the participants in the chat dream in black. Today the Dream In Black website launched and introduced us to the first seven members of the list.
Each week, www.att.com/dreaminblack will unveil seven people from the specially curated list and celebrate their accomplishments and courage to Dream In Black. Among the first seven (7) creators being honored for their work are Queen Latifah, Zendaya, Phoebe Robinson, Khalid, Terrence J, Devon Franklin, and Van Jones.
Dream in Black is an always-on platform where AT&T celebrates Black culture and the creators who shape it. Dream In Black embodies a mindset where success can look like anything that we can dream. The platform views the world and creativity through an afro-futuristic lens that is rooted in AT&T’s technology, innovation and entertainment which helps to power the possibilities. So when asked in the chat about what Dream in Black means to me, here’s what I shared:
A1: Dream In Black means finding a way to inspire people. Regardless how big or small. It's showcasing all the beautiful things we bring to the table. #DreamInBlack #ad #attpartner https://t.co/oCbYFjhlDo— Nickida Stephens (@nickicoupons) February 1, 2019
Today we wanted to celebrate the start of Black History Month by creating an inspirations conversation around the hashtag #DreamInBlack, so our second question asked how we are setting an example of dream in black. I shared:
I try my best to be a good example to my kids and anyone that's around me. It's a goal to try my best to be positive and uplifting whenever I can. #DreaminBlack #ad #attpartner https://t.co/zO0zAkS7gT— Nickida Stephens (@nickicoupons) February 1, 2019
I shared the names of the first seven people revealed on the Dream in Black 28 List. I was excited to see Zendaya on that list for lots of reasons, and when asked about our favorite moment from the honorees, I had to pick her.
I'm going to have to give it to @Zendaya, she's been a ray of light for my daughter for years. #DreaminBlack #ad #attpartner pic.twitter.com/M6izff2gno— Nickida Stephens (@nickicoupons) February 1, 2019
Our conversation continued around how we wanted to see the honorees continue to dream in black, and I again highlighted Zendaya and how I was excited to see how she would evolve over time.
I can't wait to see Zendaya making her own movies, wining awards that aren't just from black award shows. Showing that she's a hard working ACTRESS… Period!. #DreamInBlack #ad #attpartner https://t.co/8BM6TIn40S— Nickida Stephens (@nickicoupons) February 1, 2019
I know how much influence she has had on my daughter and my nieces, she’s dreaming in black in areas, she probably isn’t aware, but it was inspirational to see others share how honorees like Queen Latifah, Van Jones, and Devon have inspired them.
A4: I want to see @VanJones68 continue to make strides in his political career and make a bid for the White House when he's ready! #ad #attpartner #DreamInBlack— Derrick& Tatanisha (@thiswortheylife) February 1, 2019
I love that @IAMQUEENLATIFAH is so multi-faceted. Her talent is sure to continue to inspire our culture in the future. Plus, she's a fellow Jersey girl, so her work ethnic and tenacity is bananas! #DreamInBlack #attpartner #ad pic.twitter.com/to0XeKur6o— Amiyrah Martin (@AmiyrahMartin) February 1, 2019
A3: I love how #DreamInBlack Future Maker @DeVonFranklin loves my girl @MeaganGood! He is changing the way Black relationships and marriage are viewed and I am HERE FOR IT. #ad https://t.co/e4sDOds5f6— Brandi Jeter Riley (@BrandiJeter) February 1, 2019
We discussed how we think black culture is leading or evolving with technology and how we are inspiring others in our own communities. I shared both my responses and one was very personal for me.
I don't think there's anything we touch that we don't find a way to make great. Even when the odds are against us, we find a way for us to shine. We'll always find a way for us to been seen. #ad #DreamInBlack #attpartner https://t.co/667XgS9k4L— Nickida Stephens (@nickicoupons) February 1, 2019
Pushing back against stigma in our community, by normalizing conversations about mental health, depression, Autism, and all the other areas we are afraid to speak up and out about. #acceptance #ad #attpartner #DreamInBlack https://t.co/a86GOVhuBG— Nickida Stephens (@nickicoupons) February 1, 2019
Join the conversation beginning February 1, 2019 through February 28, 2019 post a photo/video explaining how you are making history using #DreamInBlack on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for your chance to become one of the Dream in Black 28 future makers. The selected contestant will also win a flyaway trip for two to Hollywood, CA to attend one of Black Culture’s biggest events in entertainment. The lucky winner will be contacted during the second week in March.
Follow #DreamInBlack or go to www.att.com/dreaminblack for more information.