We are a team of dreamers, movers, and change agents
who are ready to help your company deliver results.
Deaf Talent® Media & Entertainment Consulting, a division of Jade Films and Entertainment, LLC, is in a special position to help companies navigate through transformative change during this age of "representation matters." With hundreds of projects involved in parts of the entertainment ecosystem, we consult clients on accessibility and creative developments in the arenas of media, entertainment, and technology. Our roster holds a deep wealth of knowledge of Deaf and Disabled experiences and viewpoints involving education, pop cultures, languages, such as American Sign Language and Black American Sign Language, (ASL & BASL), History, literature, design, space, art, fashion, music, and more.
Deaf Talent® Media & Entertainment also collaborates with producers, writers, directors, and executives to ensure that our cultural representations with Deaf and Disabled characters, that their cultural representations, unique insights, storylines, and distinct points of view are multi-dimensional and authentic. When it comes to Hollywood storytelling, oftentimes, in film and television, we see on the screen that misrepresents and reinforces dangerous stereotypes of POC and Black Deaf characters. This is what we are here for and we look forward to partnering with changemakers within the media, entertainment, and technology industry.
The Deaf Talent® Movement, founded by the first Black Deaf Filmmaker/Activist, Jade Bryan in 2012, is a social and cultural force centralized on spreading awareness about the lack of authentic representation of Deaf BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) in television and film. This movement started small through social media and on the streets, eventually permeating throughout both online and real-life platforms.
Deaf Talent® Media & Entertainment Consulting is a natural evolvement of that movement. Deaf Talent® is a cultural icon. #DeafTalent® is a registered trademark of Jade Films and Entertainment.
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Meet The Core Team.
"Diversity is who is in the room. Inclusion is who
has influence in that room." - Nmira Anani
Jade is an award-winning filmmaker and activist. She has been producing, directing, and writing films for over 25 years. Her bio is too lengthy to list in this little box. Here’s what you need to know:
Jade believes in promoting inclusion, visibility, and positive representation about Deaf Talent who identifies as POC or Black on television and film. She spearheaded the #DeafTalent Movement in 2012, to spread awareness on social media and the Hollywood industry. Jade is currently developing dramedy television series of her own with Hollywood executives.
ADRIENNE BROWN GRAVISH
Adrienne Brown Gravish is a Black Deaf woman freelance consultant who advises Black freelance writers of comic books, graphic novels and scripts on writing Black Deaf characters’ authentic selves. She is also one of the writers with one of Jade Films’ upcoming television projects. Adrienne’s favorite childhood memories involve watching old vaudeville silent films like Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin before closed captioning boxes existed. She resides in Maryland and enjoys good films, great tv and great theater.
Social Media Assistant
Rose hails from Baltimore, MD and currently lives in Phoenix, AZ. She first recognized she loved to act at Maryland School for the Deaf by being involved in plays every year. She participated in several events to perform songs in ASL at NTID/RIT. She took some acting classes in Los Angeles in Summer 2013 and NYC in Spring 2014. From 2016 to 2019, Rose worked at Phoenix Day School for the Deaf’s spring plays by translating scripts into ASL. She was asked to be an assistant director then a year later, she became the director. Rose loves to listen to music and translate it into ASL. She want to continue her passion with all things acting. She also write poems and songs.
Lisa was born and raised single handedly by her mother in a predominately Spanish-speaking neighborhood in the Bronx. She has one deaf brother and one hearing sister. Lisa enjoys cooking, playing sports, creative worksheets for the deaf students, and spending time with her friends and family. She finds it fulfilling to help those less fortunate than herself. Currently working as a preschool teacher at Lexington School for the Deaf. Lisa enjoys being around children and helps them to improve their communication and academic skills. During her free time, she enjoys doing art and craft activities and taking pictures with her digital camera.
Joey Cortez is a Deaf, Gay, and Latino, creative Artist, and a professional photographer who resides in New York City. Joey started his studio, Top Secret Photography in 2010. With a keen eye for detail, color and natural light, he creates original with a true sense of place for his clients. Joey loves to travel with his camera. He is now learning how to direct film projects. Because of his photography skills, he believes the best pictures are captured through the essence of the human soul. Without them, how will you understand the artist’s world and vision through storytelling? In 2017, Joe worked as a production photographer for Jade Bryan’s film, “The Two Essence”. He is thrilled to be joining the Deaf Talent Media & Entertainment Consulting team.
Martha Anger is a Jane of all the trade filmmaker. She is also an actor. Martha currently works for Sign1news Multimedia as a Journalist, Editor, and Anchor. She fell in love with movies since she was a little girl. Since she was a little girl, she has always wanted to be a filmmaker and an actor. Martha wants to change the world through her filmmaking Lens and share her stories. She also has been working in the Hollywood and Indie film Industry as a crew for over 11 years. Martha has a passion for doing what she loves. She has written, produced, directed, and starred in indie horror films. Martha's dream of one-day direct sci-fi films. Martha is a nomad child who loves to travel.
Erin Sanders-Sigmon was born and bred in Chicago, moved to D.C. alone at 13. There, she became a member of the Road Show, MSSD’s traveling performing troupe of ambassadors under the guidance of Tim McCarty (Pres., Quest Visual Theatre). During those years, she worked at the Kennedy Center, translating stories and songs from spoken language to ASL, as a member of Kennedy Center’s Traveling Young Players. Ms. Sanders-Sigmon is honored to be the panel moderator of Diversity & Inclusion: “Deaf Creators Reframing Hollywood’s Stigma” presented by Jade Films, which spotlights the movement and elevates the various talents that will explode across our screens nationwide! Erin is an ASL coach for theater and film projects.
Graphic Artist/Animator Consultant
Justin Forbes is a DEAF highly creative and multi-talent Jamaican graphic designer / Animator with extensive experience in Multi-media, animation, and press design and has received several ADDY Awards from Admark. He is a DEAF person who attended the Edna Manley School for the Visual Arts here in Jamaica for three (3) years, and I have work in the Graphic Arts / Animations / Special Effects / Composition field for the past thirty (30) years. Being DEAF only enhances my capacity to focus on the job at hand and over these many years. He had developed the ability to work well amid absolute chaos. He also acts as the director of the Magic of Sign Language (The MOSL). He enjoys spending quiet time with his wife, daughter, and dog.
Kristi Merriweather is an educator and Deaf Learning Specialist by profession, working for a mainstreamed public school. Deaf since age 2, she was a prolific reader who attended schools under Atlanta Public Schools from elementary to high school. She is a graduate of Spelman, Howard, and Georgia State University with degrees in psychology and Deaf Education.
This Georgian native can be said to be a content creator or “word artist”- having produced poetry and original scripts/skits for plays and localized events. A few of her poems have been published in Deaf American Poetry: An Anthology.
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Vikki Porter Is an accomplished graphic design, advertising, and marketing professional, with more than 20 years of experience in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. She has received recognition for her advocacy, diversity, and inclusion efforts from both the state and federal governments. Ms. Porter has facilitated several workshops and events focusing on the positive aspects and benefits of Deaf Gain/Deaf Culture. Accomplishments include being profiled in the CAREERS & the disABLED magazine, spearheading the creation of the NADmag, the National Association of the Deaf's premiere member publication, and having her work showcased on various billboards, magazines, and displays.
Ms. Porter is passionate about ensuring equal opportunities are afforded to those in underrepresented and marginalized communities. She also enjoys traveling,
reading, trying out new restaurants and cuisines, and spending time with family.
Dorothy Steele is a native New Yorker, born to parents with an artistic background in music and theater. Dorothy attended Lexington School for the Deaf and later graduated from Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, prior to the advent of reasonable accommodations. After graduating from Alfred University with a BA in psychology, she went to New York University and earned her Masters degree. Dorothy has a long work history starting in her teens as a page in the New York Public Library system. Suffice to say she has worked in the field of substance abuse and alcoholism and subsequently spent 30 years as a vocational rehabilitation counselor with the New York State Education Department in the Mid Hudson Valley region. She is now happily retired, partaking in projects such as pottery, drawing, and crafts.
SARAH YOUNG BEAR-BROWN
Hoat! Sarah Young Bear-Brown/tti-ka-mi-ge-a is a member of the Sac&Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa - the Meskwaki Nation. She currently resides in Meskwaki Settlement in Tama, Iowa. Sarah is a mother of two young children. She went to Iowa School for the Deaf and attended United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, ND. She walks in two different worlds; as a Meskwaki and Deaf woman. Sarah is currently vice chair for Native American Caucus for Iowa Democratic Party, a member of the Deaf Poor People Campaign and Vice President of the Cedar Rapids Association of the Deaf. She believes in Human Rights. Sarah has been an Activist/Advocate for the Indigenous Deaf Community since 2014. She founded “Gathering of Deafatives” for the Indigenous Deaf Community. Also advocated and protested with the No DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline) at Standing Rock and supports the MMIW (Missing and Murdered of Indigenous Women) Movement. She is working as ASL storyteller, Deaf Interpreter, and Motivation speaker. Sarah owns a small business called SAYBB Creations Beadwork and she has been creating beadwork for 22 years, starting at age 15. She is a 5th Generation beadworker, following her mother, Mary Young Bear’s path as a beadwork artist. Ketebi.