About

Black in Alaska

Throughout 2020, Rasmuson Foundation gathered with Alaska Black leaders to discuss critical issues and how the Foundation could be a better partner to the Black community in Alaska. Through these conversations, a need for more positive media on and told by Black Alaskans was highlighted.

The Foundation is glad to support the rollout of Black in Alaska, a multimedia project with interviews, photos and short videos of 50 Alaskans who are Black. Participants are from all over the state and represent diverse backgrounds in age, gender and socioeconomic status. Through storytelling, this project aims to dismantle stereotypes and create a deeper connection between the Black community and fellow Alaskans. Stories, photos and other media will live on Black in Alaska’s website, blackinalaska.org and be shared on Facebook and Instagram.

Behind The Scenes

The stories for this project are produced by a production team led by Jovell Rennie.

My goal is to tell stories in a thoughtful manner, and that reflects the integrity and dignity and the joy of the participants.

— Jovell Rennie

Creative Team

This project is produced by top-tier Alaska talent.
Together, the creative team is bringing these stories to life.

Mayowa Aina

Writer

She/Her

Jovell Rennie

Project Lead / Photographer

He/him

Willie Dalton

Producer

He/him

Sydney Stokes

Writer

She/they

Thomas McIntyre

Videographer / First Assistant

He/him

Advisory Committee

A working committee made up of Black Alaska leaders are helping to direct and shape the project, developing a pool of potential participants to feature.

Bill Bailey

Fairbanks

He/Him

Bernard Gatewood

Fairbanks

He/Him

Jewel Jones

Anchorage

She/Her

Theresa Lyons

Anchorage

She/Her

Renee Wardlaw

Anchorage

She/Her

Rasmuson Foundation Support

Rasmuson Foundation is proud to partner with The Alaska Community Foundation to provide ongoing support for the project.

Sydney Copley

She/Her

Angela Cox

She/Her

Lisa Demer

She/Her

Emily Kwon

She/They