On April 27, Alain Locke 7th graders enjoyed a visit from a special guest speaker—and Alain Locke graduate—who is working to change the landscape for black women in the entertainment industry.

Taylor K. Shaw (2008) is the founder of Black Girl Animators Collective. Shaw founded the collective to shine a light on the lack of diversity—particularly among black women—that exists in the animation industry today. “Black women in this industry are truly unicorns,” she told Teen Vogue in a recent interview.

Taylor spoke with the students about why it’s important to start pursuing the things they are passionate about now and to explore every possibility. Her advice: use your passions to find a career you love. 

Taylor also talked about how her Alain Locke experience prepared her with a great education and the confidence she needed to succeed in high school and then at Northwestern University. Ultimately, it led her to set out on the path she’s on today, showing that being true to your passions can lead to success.

Find out more about Taylor at TaylorKShaw.com. Learn more about Black Girl Animators Collective at BlackWomenAnimate.com

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