Briaan L. Barron is a Seattle-based marketing professional, essayist, speaker and multi-media artist. She is an advocate for community empowerment rooted in critical thinking and creative problem-solving. From 2009 to 2013, Briaan gained a cross-disciplinary education in American Studies and Media Arts at Sarah Lawrence College before attending Boston University to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film & Television Studies. Her experience interning with entertainment powerhouses MTV Networks and Ruff Ryders informs her scholarship, which uses popular culture as an entry point to understanding how industry and culture intersect. Briaan’s essays have been published in Callaloo: Journal of African Diaspora, Watercooler Journal published by Columbia College Chicago, and Boston University’s The Comment.  She has presented at the Just Sustainability Conference hosted by Seattle University, at Highline College, and at the Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival. Currently Briaan works as the Marketing & Development Manager for Northwest Film Forum, and in her spare time she enjoys singing, songwriting, and illustrating. For more, visit briaanbarron.com