Celebrating Black media, tech, & all things digital

April 13-14 2018, NYC
What You'll Discover at the Festival:

About Black Web Fest 2018

Join us for a two day experience that includes films, panels, wine tasting, a virtual reality experience, networking and more.

The Black Web Fest is an international event series that celebrates Black media makers and digital content. Our core themes are media, discovery, education, and technology. Our premiere event is Black Web Fest which features film screenings, a wine tasting, and a series of educational panels. We showcase films from emerging Black media makers from across the globe. We also have panels that feature industry experts and celebrities.

Check Schedule

Kinfolk 94
90 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

National Black Theatre
2031 5th Ave
New York, NY 10035, USA

Date & Time

Friday, April 13, 2018
11 AM - 5 PM

Friday, April 13, 2018
6 PM - 10 PM

Saturday, April 14, 2018
11 AM - 8 PM


Empress Varnado
Empress Varnado Black, Brown, & Digital #bbdigital, Co-Founder

Empress S. Varnado is a digital content strategist, producer and founder of Black Brown and Digital #bbdigital. She has worked the likes of ABFF, BET, TV ONE, Creatively Speaking Film Series, and Turner Group. Empress currently works at Refinery29 as a YouTube and Snapchat Producer.

Diamonde Williamson
Diamonde Williamson Founder & CEO, Blossom

Diamonde Williamson is the Founder and CEO of Blossom - a digital tv network for women of color to watch original and curate content focused on short films, entrepreneurship, tech, motherhood, and more. Blossom has appeared in Forbes and more!

DeShuna Spencer Panelist
DeShuna Spencer
DeShuna Spencer Founder & CEO of

DeShuna Spencer is the Founder/CEO of kweliTV, a video streaming network that curates undiscovered and award-winning indie films, documentaries, web series and children’s programming of the global black community; and she’s a radio host/producer of emPower Hour, a weekly social justice show on DC’s 89.3 FM WPFW.

Caleb Davis Panelist
Caleb Davis
Caleb Davis Co-Creator, Tough Love

Caleb Davis is the Director & Executive Producer of Tough Love. He can also be referred to as the Black Robert Rodriguez considering the number of hats he wears while producing a project. For this series, Caleb served as the editor, director of photography, camera operator, location manager and production designer.

Seriesly Podcast Moderator
Brittany & Mary
Brittany & Mary Host of Seriesly Podcast

Web series junkies and best friends Brittany & Mary created Seriesly Podcast in 2016 - a podcast dedicated to the discussion of web series in which they share hilarious commentary and shed light on indie content in a fun way.

Reign Apiim Panelist
Reign Apiim
Reign Apiim Jeweler

Reign Apiim is Creator from Pittsburgh, PA. She studied Visual Arts at CAPA High and BFA Fashion Design Parsons. After, she built her online presence through her colorful style and motivational writing and birthed her Jewelry brand Palais

Shernita Anderson Panelist
Shernita Anderson
Shernita Anderson Creator, The Heels Experience

When Shernita Anderson enters any room, this Brooklyn born multi-hyphenate captivates audiences with her infectious demeanor and mesmerizing aura. Anderson is a choreographer, actress, host and social influencer.For everything Shernita, Follow her on IG/Snapchat @ShernitaSoFly . #shernitabe

Roni Davis Panelist
Roni Davis
Roni Davis Writer & Producer of the Tough Love series

Roni Davis is the Writer & Producer of the Tough Love series, which was nominated recently for a Daytime Emmy award. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, and Masters Degree in Media Management.

Alexander Hardy Panelist
Alexander Hardy
Alexander Hardy Co-host of The Extraordinary Negroes

Alexander Hardy is a wordsmith, dancer, educator, lupus survivor, who is Founder and Creative Director of GetSomeJoy, a multimedia mental wellness campaign, and co-host of The Extraordinary Negroes podcast. Favorite pastime: eating. Alexander does not believe in snow or Delaware.

Tahajah Samuel Moderator
Tahajah Samuel
Tahajah Samuel Account Manager, Brigade Marketing, LLC

Tahajah Samuels is a film publicist based in the Greater NYC area. During the day (night, whenever), she manages digital publicity campaigns for upcoming studio film releases. Current and previous clients include CBS Films, Fox Searchlight and Lionsgate.

Walter Tucker Panelist
Walter Tucker
Walter Tucker President & Founder of LiveThe.Biz

Walter J. Tucker, music executive & college professor, is the founder of the innovative music industry membership organization LiveThe.Biz. Named “Mr. Music” by Black Enterprise, Walter has consulted on music publishing projects for the world's top musicians.

Shaw Bernard Moderator
Shaw Bernard
Shaw Bernard Creator, Strut Model & Talent Agency

Fashion model, TV Host and entrepreneur Shaw Bernard has sixteen years of experience in the fashion and beauty industry. During her over a decade long modeling career, Shaw has worked with numerous fashion and cosmetic brands, internationally and nationally.

Yha Mourhia Wright Mistress of Ceremony
Yha Mourhia Wright
Yha Mourhia Wright Founder & CEO, YháWright Productions!

Yhá Mourhia Wright is the Founder & CEO of YháWright Productions! Upon graduating with her MFA in Acting, she established herself as a director, writer & producer. Her digital series, #LMR2 premiered this year and has recently been featured in Curly Nikki.

AV Perkins Panelist
A.V. Perkins
A.V. Perkins Lifestyle Influencer & Game Developer

A.V. is a lifestyle influencer/game developer living in Brooklyn, NY that moonlights as an amateur hip hop mogul. With appearances in HGTV, Viceland, Huffington Post and BuzzFeed A.V. is determined to change the face of “DIY.”

Christylezz Panelist
Christylezz Host & Creator of Trappin Anonymous

Christylezz has been entertaining for years. In 2015, he teamed up with traveling event D’usse Palooza (formerly known as HennyPalooza). Since then he has toured the globe hosting the mega party. Chris also host the popular podcast Trappin Anonymous.

Thomas-Knox Panelist
Thomas C. Knox
Thomas C. Knox Connection Curator

Thomas C Knox is a Connection Curator, Social Entrepreneur & Thought Leader. He is the creator of Date While You Wait. Thomas recently launched BeGreat Bowties, A bowtie company focused on promoting suicide awareness while giving people the ability to be unique in style.



What you'll experience:
Preview Get a sneak peek of the festival with film screenings and talkbacks from independent media makers.
Opening Night Party Mix and mingle with other creatives and lovers of the arts and technology.
Films Screenings Screen films from independent Black filmmakers.
Virtual Reality Become immersed in a virtual reality experience.
Wine Tasting Learn more about select wines.
Panels Learn more about media, marketing and tech from industry experts.


Films will be listed once winners are announced.


Experience all that Black Web Fest has to offer. Connect with other creatives, enjoy films, learn from industry experts, taste select wines and more! Get tickets for DAY 1 and DAY 2.

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Sponsorship & Press Contact


Interested in sponsorship opportunities or want to get a press pass? Contact us by email for more information.