Introduce yourself! What should the world know about you?
I’m Angela Hollowell, a visual storyteller based in Durham, North Carolina. I’m the founder of Ang H. Studio and Honey & Hustle: a digital media production company and a video podcast featuring the stories of creative entrepreneurs respectively. I’m also a content specialist with the East Coast Greenway Alliance telling 3,000 miles of stories.
What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about the full spectrum of peace and human rights advocacy through visual storytelling, from environmental sustainability and food sovereignty to healthcare access and educational opportunity.
What drives you as a person, a leader, and a storyteller? What or who shapes you?
Through documentary photography and filmmaking, I create digital social media campaigns focused on the unique lifestyle, challenges, and moments in the American South. From the food we eat to the land we live on, our culture is heavily intertwined with our history and our humanity. As a storyteller and human rights advocate, I’m driven by narratives that exemplify the real and shared experiences of people in Southern communities.
Why did you apply to the Rethink Outside™ Fellowship? What are you hoping to learn from this experience?
I want to expand my knowledge of BIPOC experiences outside of the South, learn different storytelling techniques, and increase the impact of nonprofit digital fundraising campaigns. I’m interested in learning how to cultivate relationships with media outlets to increase messaging distribution and reach.
How will the Rethink Outside™ Fellowship experience help you address the systemic barriers for access to, and representation / leadership of Black, Indigenous, and people of color in the movement to connect people and nature?
I’m looking forward to contributing and helping to implement a multi-faceted shared narrative about the nuances and collective challenges of BIPOC communities. The conversations that come out of the fellowship will be valuable in educating people about our collective power in creating a more inclusive ecosystem.
What is your favorite activity / place which connects you to nature and the outdoors?
I love hiking and walking on the East Coast Greenway. Anytime I can be in the mountains or on the coast, I’m in my happy place (which is why I love North Carolina)!