About Brianna Clay
Brianna Clay is a multi-hyphenate creative from Chicago who uses her platform to inspire change and foster community through storytelling. She believes art is activism and sees storytelling as a vehicle for social change.
Brianna has contributed writing for multiple publications such as Blavity, The Odyssey, and her lifestyle blog Bare&Beautiful. In 2018 she co-directed the film Black Bones with the Nate Parker Film Institute, which was screened at the 27th Annual Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.
In 2021 she produced her first short film, NOVA after being awarded the inaugural creators grant with Liberated Development.
Whether she is writing, producing, or collaborating with brands and individuals, Brianna remains committed to deepening a sense of community by creating content that allows others to be seen and heard.
My Latest Projects
a story about love...
I suppose everyone has an "origin love story." The initial moment you believed in love and romance.
Images and clippings similar to the ones in this collection are my origin love story. They tell real stories of the beauty, warmth, complexities, and the individuality of love &, in this instance, black love ✨
I am grateful for it, and I owe so much to it.
This project is dedicated to love because it is truly timeless 🖤✨
Breathe is a mini documentary that uses footage of current and past protests and the voices of young African American people to address police violence, racism, and the recent murders of Black people in this country. It serves as a representation of the times in which we live, through the lens of young black Americans.
"“There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.” - Toni Morrison.
Black Bones - 2018 NPF Short Film
Black Bones is a short narrative that addresses the multi-generational trauma of an African American family that was forced to confront their grandparent's history of racial terror. Black Bones was accepted and screened at the 27th Annual Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.