MDC Faculty Showcase: #Representationmatters: The Importance of Owning and Telling Your Own Stories

For some young students, portrayals of minorities in the media not only affect how they are perceived, but how they perceive themselves. In fact, 2 in 3 Black Americans don’t […]


MDC Faculty Showcase: #Representationmatters: The Importance of Owning and Telling Your Own Stories

Author:Yanatha Desouvre


For some young students, portrayals of minorities in the media not only affect how they are perceived, but how they perceive themselves. In fact, 2 in 3 Black Americans don’t feel properly represented in media, according to #RepresentationMatters, a recently released study from National Research Group (NRG). Professor Yanatha Desouvre will discuss why representation matters in media and pop culture, as well as share his journey of his commitment to being intentional about representation and its positive affect on one’s mental health.

Yanatha Desouvre

Featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, HuffPost, Miami Herald, Haitian Times, Black Enterprise, PBS, NBC, and ABC, Yanatha Desouvre is a modern-day renaissance man. His latest novella, Revelations: Roads to Redemption, pays homage to Wyclef Jean’s discography. He is also the author of the 2016 novella To Whom Much is Given, the first of the Goodman Chronicles series. Desouvre is Faculty of Entrepreneurship at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus. He is a #1 Amazon.com bestselling author and filmmaker. His latest novella, Revelations, has been adapted into the highly anticipated film “The Sweetest Girl: A Forbidden Love Story.”