Black N’ Animated is a community-oriented organization based in Los Angeles committed to the growth and empowerment of Black students and professionals in the animation industry. We are the home of the Black N’ Animated Podcast, hosted by Bre Williams and Waymond Singleton. We also work with local studios and organizations to provide networking opportunities and career development. Our goal is a healthy, diverse, and inclusive industry and community.
Our group started out as a podcast hosted by Breana Williams and Waymond Singleton in March 2018. The goal of the podcast was to inspire, empower, and educate Black creatives about the field of animation. With their podcast Bre and Way sought to build a community for Black professionals that work in various roles in the animation industry.
In late 2018, Nilah Magruder and Lorraine Grate held a mixer inspired by the very popular #DrawingWhileBlack hashtag event on Twitter in an effort to bring together Black-identifying animation professionals. The event was a huge success with a turnout far beyond expectations. Building on the momentum of the event, Nilah and Lorraine joined forces with Bre and Waymond to continue providing opportunities for Black animation professionals to connect with each other and the greater animation industry.