Katherine Gilyard b. 1993 is a senior at Howard University pursuing her degree in journalism while preparing for medical school. She is a two-term student representative and sits on the board of the NPPA. She's from Albany, Georgia.
2 parts being raised by a black woman
1 part reading everything I can get my hands on
1 part chocolate chip waffles (can be substituted with nachos)
Pre-heat on 250, let bake for 18 years, and you've got awesome!
My great-great grandma Caroline suffered from Alzheimer's before she died. It was so bad; she'd become catatonic.
When she was being moved to hospice, I went to help pack up her stuff. I'd never noticed, but she kept this oval-shaped frame, about the size of an emu egg, tucked in the crook of her arm. Inside of it was a picture of my great-grandmother Eula (her daughter) when she was a girl. Apparently, she never let it go.
She couldn't walk, talk or feed herself, but she knew the importance of that photo. (Morgan Freeman voice) It was then I knew that images...photos were important and moreover, I knew they would play a role in whatever I did with my life.
Become the Black, female, visual storytelling version of Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Photography: "Zoom with your feet and never leave a camera strap hanging off a table" -Akili Ramsess
Journalism: "It's all about moments and telling the truth."- Zun Lee
Life: "It ain't always fair. It ain't always right. But you keep being good anyway."- Grandma Eula
You're going to need someone in your corner coming into this industry, and that's not up for debate. The NPPA now, more than ever, (It's because of me) can and should be that person. Trust me when I say they've got you.
Last thing: Something nobody knows about me? I love British sitcoms. Like love, love. Like it's clearly an obsession at this point.