Judith Jacques-Laguerre Founded Black Women in Media to ‘Celebrate, Recognize, and Create a Community of Sisterhood’

Judith Jacques-Laguerre

Interwoven within the tapestry of history are stories about Black women that illustrate resilience in the face of systemic oppression. Many Black women have dedicated their life’s work to reclaiming their narratives and opening doors for generations behind them.

Pioneers like journalist Ida B. Wells tapped into the power of storytelling to magnify ugly truths about racism in America. Trailblazers Carole Simpson made history as the first Black woman to anchor a major network newscast in the United States.

Standing on the shoulders of these phenomenal women is entrepreneur Judith Jacques-Laguerre is using her platform Black Women in Media as a vessel to amplify the accomplishments and celebrate the brilliance of Black women.

For Jacques-Laguerre—a first-generation Haitian American who hails from Long Island, New York—the importance of representation was made evident to her at a young age. Growing up in a predominantly white neighborhood, she rarely saw herself represented in her surroundings. Within the pages of magazines like Ebony, Jet and Hype Hair and through 90s sitcoms like “Sister Sister,” “Family Matters” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” she saw herself reflected. She also credits Oprah Winfrey as one of her biggest inspirations.

Jacques-Laguerre’s venture into the media industry was one of luck. Within her community, the perceived viable options for career paths included becoming a doctor, lawyer or engineer. As she navigated motherhood as a teenager, her loved ones wanted to ensure she pursued a career that provided financial stability.

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SOURCE: NewsOne, Brandee Sanders