WHAT WE DO

Black Web Fest is an organization created to increase diversity in media and entertainment, and help Black creators build sustainable careers. We create accessible programming and services by providing them at a low or no-cost. We leverage technology to better serve our community.

OUR MISSION

We amplify Black voices to dispel stereotypes, misinformation and combat institutional bias and racism in the media and entertainment industry. Uniquely, we use new media and technology to push our mission forward. We empower Black creators to build sustainable careers.

OUR VISION

Our vision is to create a safe space for Black creators to grow. We strive to organize programs that help our community adapt to the rapidly changing digital landscape and build sustainable careers. We plan to support over 5,000 Black creators by 2031 through our programming and initiatives.

BOARD MEMBERS & STAFF

PRESIDENT & CEO

VICTORIA COKER

Victoria Coker graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor’s in communication arts. Ms. Coker has more than ten years of design and marketing experience and has worked for organizations such as Carnegie Hall, Bric Arts Media, and Oxford University Press. In 2016, she founded Black Web Fest. Her goal is to build a legacy that will empower her community.

VICE-PRESIDENT

KARYNROSE BRUYNING

KarynRose Bruyning is an award winning Writer/Director/Producer and Co-Founder of CHRISTMAS IN JULY 1982, ( a film and theater production company founded by  herself and a fellow Tuskegee University alum). In 2020, she produced SHIP: A Visual Poem, which went on to win Sundance Grand Jury Award for US Fiction Award in the same year.

Leiana Spooner

SECRETARY

LEIANA SPOONER

Leiana Spooner is a motivational speaker, business owner, and writer. She received her Bachelors of Psychology from The College of New Rochelle.

Leiana is passionate about education and community service. She has over 20 years of experience working at the New York Public Library (NYPL). Currently, she works as a NYPL Library Manager and also acts as a Treasurer for the non-profit Unlimited Alms.