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17: A Conversation With – Cheryl L Bedford – Founder of Women of Color Unite

In this episode of "A Conversation With", I sit down with Cheryl L. Bedford. Ms. Bedford founded Women of Color Unite, a 501(c)(3). The Women Of Color Unite organization is a social action organization focused on fair access, fair treatment, and fair pay for women of color in all aspects of the entertainment and media industries. WOCU is an action-oriented organization that consults and advocates for fair treatment of women of color in the entertainment industry.

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Bio for Cheryl L. Bedford

Cheryl L. Bedford, a NAACP Image Award Nominee for “Dark Girls” and Baltimore native, holds a BFA from NYU’s TSOA and MFA in Producing from AFI. She is currently based in Los Angeles, CA. As a Production Manager, Line Producer, and Producer, Cheryl has worked on countless film/tv/digital projects, including 17 Independent Features. Ms. Bedford served as CFO and Supervising Producer for a boutique studio. She was formerly Chair of Diversity Development and a Producing Instructor at New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, California. As Chair, Ms. Bedford developed the Diversity Series, the Industry Lab (creating a bridge from school to work), among other initiatives. She has also taught The Art of Line Producing at UCLA Extension in Westwood, CA. She is a currently a producer on The Early Smith Story and #VoteLove, both currently in development. Ms. Bedford formed her own company, Cheryl L. Bedford Productions, in January of 2001. In her spare time, she judges film festivals.

More recently, Ms. Bedford founded Women of Color Unite, a 501(c)(3), which purpose is to help WOC get Hired, their projects Funded and their content Distributed. From the members of WOCU, Cheryl created The JTC List. The JTC List is a database of 3500+ Women of Color in Entertainment, which is being shared throughout the Industry. Never again will someone be able to say, they can’t find any WOC for any job above or below the line. The list is named after her mother, Joan Theresa Curtis, an activist, warrior and Ms. Bedford’s biggest fan, who passed away in 2016. For more information: wocunite.org

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