Kandace is a graduate of Columbia University, where she received her B.A. in English Literature. During her studies, she developed a passion for amplifying marginalized voices and developing narratives that animate and affirm people of color. Alongside her administrative career, she also served as Managing Editor of Womanly Magazine, a mission-driven publication dedicated to providing accessible health information to women/non-binary people through visual and literary art. Kandace is proud to assist Firelight in its mission of “changing the story,” and helps others do the same through local mentorship and teaching.
A native New Yorker, Kandace was born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, steeped in a historical culture that still instructs and inspires her today.
Stanley Nelson is among the premier documentary filmmakers working today. His feature-length films combine compelling narratives with rich and deeply researched historical detail, shining new light on both familiar and under-explored aspects of the American past.
Marcia Smith is president and co-founder of Firelight Media, which produces documentary films, provides artistic and financial support to emerging filmmakers of color, and builds impact campaigns to connect documentaries to audiences and social justice advocates.
Keith M. Brown is currently Executive Vice President of Content for Firelight Films, the premiere non-fiction content company for stories about the contemporary experience, culture and history of diverse communities of color.
Rafiah Vitalis is Firelight’s Director of Finance and Operations. Rafiah has decades-long experience as a finance and nonprofit professional, deeply committed to work that creates transformative change in underserved and historically oppressed communities.
Justin Sherwood recently joined Firelight as Communications Director. He previously served as the Senior Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives at The New School (Schools of Public Engagement), where he also directed the college’s public program series, managed external partnerships, and was a part-time faculty member in the Creative Writing Program.