Ashley Akunna

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  • Owner, Creator and Host of The Grapevine


Born in San Antonio, Texas and raised in the suburbs of North Jersey, Ashley is a storyteller on a mission to create art that places Black women front and center in complex and uniquely crafted worlds. Hailing from an Igbotic culture of rich and immersive storytelling, she discovered her love of film as a young girl whose parents put her in front of the television as a means of distraction. After graduating from The University of the Arts with a focus in Narrative and Documentary Filmmaking, Ashley went on to create the hit discussion series, The Grapevine, on Youtube. With an audience that boasts over 190,000 subscribers, the grassroots series places hot button issues in the hands of Millennials and Gen Z panelists to dissect and bring forth raw and nuanced conversation.

 

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Second Class Citizenship

An honest conversation on colorism and the way it affects Black and Brown women. How can we teach young women of color how to navigate a pigmentocratic society with self love, empathy, and power. ...

An honest conversation on colorism and the way it affects Black and Brown women. How can we teach young women of color how to navigate a pigmentocratic society with self love, empathy, and power.

No One is Teaching Us How to Date

A candid talk on modern dating and how we can teach ourselves how to date with integrity and purpose. ...

A candid talk on modern dating and how we can teach ourselves how to date with integrity and purpose.

Reimagining How We Deal with Race

A conversation on race that deals with the principles of empathy, humanity, and happiness. Challenging us to rethink how we deal with our racial differences. ...

A conversation on race that deals with the principles of empathy, humanity, and happiness. Challenging us to rethink how we deal with our racial differences.

Beauty is Pain

A candid conversation on the ever changing beauty expectations society places on women. How do we build a society where women and girls learn to accept their uniqueness. ...

A candid conversation on the ever changing beauty expectations society places on women. How do we build a society where women and girls learn to accept their uniqueness.

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Born in San Antonio, Texas and raised in the suburbs of North Jersey, Ashley is a storyteller on a mission to create art that places Black women front and center in complex and uniquely crafted worlds. Hailing from an Igbotic culture of rich and immersive storytelling, she discovered her love of film as a young girl whose parents put her in front of the television as a means of distraction. After graduating from The University of the Arts with a focus in Narrative and Documentary Filmmaking, Ashley went on to create the hit discussion series, The Grapevine, on Youtube. With an audience that boasts over 190,000 subscribers, the grassroots series places hot button issues in the hands of Millennials and Gen Z panelists to dissect and bring forth raw and nuanced conversation.