RESPECT MY CROWN:
The Rise of African American Women In California Politics
Along with a 32 year career in Broadcast Television as a Technician and Broadcast Engineer, Pamela Bright-Moon has produced two feature length documentaries and four short films. Through her production company, With Grace Productions, Inc., Pamela creates content for corporate, non-profit, and government clients alike.
Alisa Bass Covington is involved in identifying, developing, structuring and producing independent film and television projects for niche audiences. She is currently at DD Productions, working with her partner Donna Dubrow on several spec projects. Alisa has been involved in television and film production for over 30 years, having worked at CBS Television City, Embassy Productions and Nelson Entertainment.
Joy Atkinson is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles African American Women's Public Policy Institute, (LAAAWPPI). A long time Political Communications Consultant, and a staffer for former CA State Assemblymember Gwen Moore, Joy has worked on community outreach and public relations on numerous campaigns and public events.
Respect My Crown: The Rise of African American Women in California Politics is a three act feature length documentary film, which explores the significant contributions of African American women in leadership in the areas of politics, labor, and community activism in the State of California. Although California is currently known for being a liberal state that has not always been its history.
Our documentary will discuss the rise of black women in California politics and the road they paved to achieve success. Our story unfolds to show the obstacles, the challenges, the ambition and aspirations of the women achievers over the decades to our current day leadership envisioned through the lives of living and deceased Black female elected officials, their counterparts in Labor organizations and in the “Mothers” of the Community who are on parallel journeys. The film will highlight their courage, sacrifices, and achievements for the betterment of their communities, cities and throughout the state of California as a whole.
Immersed in the films timeline is the backdrop of the existential circumstances of the day. Each decade in the last sixty years has had its own set of challenges, wars, poverty, racial uprisings, presenting each bill, each vote, each march, each decision with its own set of residual fallout which could affect the communities they represent for years to come. California has sent more women of color to the House and Senate than any other state. Respect My Crown intends to show the role of intersectionality in politics and public service in the state of California. The film serves an an archival project of the Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute (MDAAPEI), a non-partisan public policy center at California State University, Dominguez Hills.