Atlanta has a strong and growing creative economy. Everyday, we meet women who are on the ground working to break down barriers, build community, inspire, inform, and entertain the people of Atlanta through the arts.
For National Women’s History Month in March, C4 Atlanta will be curating a Leading Lady blog series celebrating the women in the creative economy of Greater Atlanta. Over the last several weeks, we have asked the public to nominate women in the creative sector who inspire and have positively impacted the Atlanta community through their contributions.
We are proud to introduce the Next Leading Lady for March 2018: Dr. Latangela Crossfield
Where do you work and what do you do?
I am the CEO of Kreative Christian Works, media personality of LeeSadie Media Group, producer for LeeSaide Productions, Host of “Inspirational Talk” with Dr. Tangi, and an actress.
When and how did you first become interested in the arts? How long have you been in your line of work?
I became interested in the arts in 2012 after writing “Forever Seventeen: The Bianca Dillard Story.”
What did you want to be or think you were going to be when you grew up?
As a child, I wanted to be a psychologist.
If you could have lunch with any woman from history who would it be and what would you want to talk about?
I would love to have a dialogue with Bishop Vashti McKenzie about addressing sexism in sacred institutions.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
Dr. Yolanda Snipes encouraged me to pursue a career as a producer, it was the turning point of my career. Therefore, she has been the most influential person in my life.
How is art a passion for you?
Art allows me to express my concerns and bring awareness to the isms that plague our society. My passion for art also includes the opportunity to re-write negative stereotypes about women, in particular, African-American women.
What are your thoughts on equality and the representation of women in the creative workforce?
My dissertation: The Impact of Sexism on African American Women in Methodism, 1980-2000 explores inequality within the Church. Research indicates that women do not earn the same salary as their male counterparts. I also discovered that women can be sexist too.
What most excites you about the arts in Atlanta?
Georgia has the number one film-industry in the world. Now, more than ever my pursuit of the arts are at finger-tips.
What do you hope to contribute to the Atlanta arts community with the work you do?
I aspire to produce plays and movies that will transform the perception and treatment of human beings…