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JustMedia is an open access lens based archive designed to support advocacy efforts for systemic reform through the art of storytelling. JustMedia focuses on challenging the criminal legal system by organizing, amplifying, and sharing existing films and videos that tell a variety of stories. This intentional act serves as a media literacy tool for the movement to end mass incarceration and achieve abolition.


What We Do


Cost free membership to an extensive multimedia database of content related to systemic violence and incarceration.


Vibrant community of storytellers, who create and maintain partnerships with leading social justice groups.


Consult with lesson planning, amplifying, networking for storytellers, leaders and organizers.


Stories of/by families and communities directly impacted by the system.


JustMedia x Black Nerd Problems: Essays


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    Mo Browne

    Mahogany L. Browne

    Executive Director

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    This position is informed by her career as a writer, organizer, & educator. Browne has received fellowships from Art for Justice Fund, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research & Rauschenberg. She is the author of recent works: Chlorine Sky, Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice, Woke Baby, & Black Girl Magic. As the founder of the diverse lit initiative, Woke Baby Book Fair.

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    Rico Frederick

    Creative Director

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    Award winning graphic designer with a graduate degree from Pratt Institute. Industry experience ranges from major imprints to global fashion brands as well as advertising agencies. Over ten years successfully delivering dynamic projects which activate emotion and intellect to transform creativity into unbound commercial and cultural campaigns.

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    Caroline Rothstein

    Project Manager of Curriculum

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    Caroline Rothstein is an internationally touring writer, poet, performer, and educator. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, The Guardian, BuzzFeed, NYLON, Narratively, The Forward, Hey Alma, and elsewhere. She tours year-round performing poetry, public
    speaking, facilitating workshops and teaching at colleges, schools, performance venues, summer camps, and community organizations worldwide and virtually.

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    Courtney Cummings

    Operations Manager

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    Courtney (Cummings) is an imaginative, forward-thinking communicator that brings a combination of creative and analytical skills to every project. She is an essayist and features culture writer that is dedicated to deadlines with due regard for detail. As a copywriter, Courtney develops and edits compelling copy for clients that ensure consumer engagement and conversion.

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    Jive Poetic

    Jive Poetic

    Curriculum Development Consultant

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    Jive Poetic is a writer, organizer, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BA in Media Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his MFA in Writing and Activism from Pratt Institute. In 2017 Jive was the first recipient of the John Morning Award for Art and Service. Currently, Jive is the Friday night poetry slam curator and host at the Nuyorican Poet’s Café. When he is not on tour, he teaches  poetry and hip – hop workshops to at risk youth in New York City and the surrounding area.

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    Nikki Blak

    Curriculum Development Consultant

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    Nikki Blak is a writer, educator, and womanist, whose art, thought leadership, and radical education work interrogates oppressive social constructs and affirms Blackness. She works to make her ancestors proud and leave a just, equitable society for her descendants.

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    Barbara Fant

    Project Manager of Community Outreach & Programs

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    Barbara Fant has been writing and performing for over 15 years and has over a decade of experience in nonprofit administration and management. For over 10 years, she had led healing-informed poetry workshops for both youth and adults who are incarcerated, those in community, adults in recovery, and survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence. She has competed in 9 National Poetry Slam competitions, and she is a World Poetry Slam finalist.

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    Shanna Schlossberg

    Curriculum Development Associate

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    Shanna is a certified educator, writer, and social justice advocate. With a BA in political science and graduate degrees in public administration and education, her experience in education spans more than a decade. In addition to teaching, Shanna’s background includes education policy, curriculum development, alternative education, and academic advising.


  • Ayana E. S. Walker
    Ayana E. S. Walker

    Ayana E. S. Walker

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    Experienced Digital Marketing and SVOD Operations professional with extensive background in product management and online marketing in the entertainment sector.

    Passionate humanitarian balancing professional career with commitment to making a positive societal impact.

    HBO Total Duration 18 years as Title Director of Product Management, Marketing & Operations. Walker serves as mentors through several community organizations including Girls Write Now, Harlem Children’s Zone, and is on the board of Urban Word NYC.

  • Camonghne_Felix_B_2

    Camonghne Felix

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    is a poet, a writer, speaker, & political strategist.  She received an M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU, an MFA from Bard College, & has received Fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo & Poets House. Formerly the Director of Surrogates & Strategic Communications at Elizabeth Warren for President, Camonghne is the Head of Strategic Communications at Blue State.

  • John Lee
    John Lee

    John Lee

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    Lee is a writer, director, hacker, investor, radical creative futurist also known as, John Threat is a Director and Crypton, Blockchain Investor, Content Production and a Digital Consultant, John has created content for MTV!, Starz! , Various Music Labels and Ad Agencies and more.

  • Scott Hechinger
    Scott Hechinger

    Scott Hechinger

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    Former public defender in Brooklyn, Scott represented people charged with crimes who couldn’t afford an attorney, but also long shared his perspective as a public defender outside of court in a variety of media to shift the narrative and drive systemic change. After years serving as Director of Policy at Brooklyn Defender Services, Scott is now focusing all of his time directing Zealous.

  • Tyra Patterson
    Tyra Patterson

    Tyra Patterson

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    used her time in prison constructively to educate herself.  A sixth grade dropout, Tyra eventually earn her GED, obtained a steam engineer’s license, became a certified tutor and completed a paralegal training program. On Christmas Day, 2017, Tyra was released from prison. She joined the OJPC staff full-time only weeks later.

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    D. Watkins

    D. Watkins

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    D. Watkins is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Beast Side, The Cook Up, Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised, and We Speak for Ourselves—which was Enoch Pratt Free Library’s 2020 One Book Baltimore selection. Watkins is a college lecturer at the University of Baltimore, where he earned an MFA in Creative Writing. He also holds a Master of Education degree from Johns Hopkins University.

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    Rakim H. D. Brooks

    Rakim H. D. Brooks

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    Rakim H. D. Brooks is the president of Alliance for Justice and a public interest appellate lawyer. Before his work at the ACLU as the Campaign Manager for the ACLU’s Systemic Equality Campaign, Brooks was an associate attorney at Susman Godfrey, where he sued opioid manufacturers and worked to free citizens incarcerated in Dallas prisons at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  •  Adnan Khan

    Adnan Khan

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    Adnan Khan is the Executive Director and co-founder of  Re:Store Justice  which he co-founded while incarcerated. Adnan was sentenced to 25 years to life under the Felony/Murder rule at the age of 18. While in prison, he inspired, launched and worked on the Felony/Murder rule legislation (Senate Bill 1437) with his organization, Re:Store Justice. The bill passed and after serving 16 years, in January 2019, Adnan was the first person re-sentenced under the bill he helped create.

  • Catherine Gund

    Catherine Gund

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    Founder and Director of Aubin Pictures, Catherine Gund is an Emmy-nominated producer, director, writer, and activist. Her media work focuses on strategic and sustainable social transformation, racial justice, arts and culture, HIV/AIDS and reproductive justice, and the environment. Her films have screened around the world in festivals, theaters, museums, and schools; on PBS, the Discovery Channel, Sundance Channel, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.


JustMedia Presents:

Still in Prison | A Virtual Event

JustMedia invites you to join us for a collective conversation, short-film screening, followed by a discussion on storytelling and community awareness featuring Crystal Maloney & Greg McKelvey of Zealous. Guest Poet: Tongo Eisen-Martin



Education Justice


This curriculum has been created as a toolkit and guide to accompany Pushout, a film by Monique W. Morris and Jacoba Atlas. The curriculum is specifically designed for a 1-hour classroom lesson, educational workshop experience, or film screening talk-back.


Librarian's Corner

My Mother, Mary

My Mother, Mary is a story of Liberty, Revolution, and Migration through the eyes of the Grenadian people near and far that captures an authentic intergenerational conversation around a suppressed and repainted history around the African-diaspora’s Liberation.


This Curriculum Section is FREE to use, but you may be directed to a host site and/or paywalled material. LEARN MORE

Represent Justice "On These Grounds" Guide

This curriculum is a collaboration between Represent Justice and JustMedia as a guide and toolkit to accompany On These Grounds, a documentary film directed by Garrett Zevgetis and produced by Ariana Garfinkel, Jeff Consiglio, and Chico Colvard. The goal of this curriculum is to provide participants and learners with questions and activities that strengthen their understanding of the school-to-prison pipeline, the criminal legal system, police brutality, systemic and institutional racism, mass incarceration, prison reform, abolition, racial equity, and justice, as well as media literacy skills around visual media and art.