Ytasha L. Womack | Author | Filmmaker |Futurist
Ytasha L. Womack is an award winning filmmaker, author and futurist. She is the director of the upcoming film The Greatest Love Story Never Told and author/creator of the Rayla 2212 project, a series of books and multimedia art that depicts a woman’s identity quest on Planet Hope, an independent space colony gone rogue that she must save through interstellar and past live travels. The Rayla 2212 project includes her debut sci fi novel, the sci fi book 2212: Book of Rayla. Womack is author of the critically acclaimed book Post Black: How a New Generation is Redefining African American Identity (Lawrence Hill Books). Post Black was Booklists Top 10 Black History Reader for 2010 and received rave revues nationally. She also coedited the anthology Beats, Rhymes and Life: What We Love and Hate About Hip Hop (Harlem Moon/Random House). Her book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy Culture will be released in Fall 2013.
Her film credits include directing The Engagement and producing and writing Love Shorts. A journalist as well, she is an editor with NV Magazine. Her work has appeared in Upscale (former editor at large), Essence, Vibe, Ebony and The Chicago Tribune among others. Also a talented dancer, she frequently leads classes and workshops for adults and children. Her honors are numerous and include the Chicago Tribune’s Top 5 Filmmakers to Watch; The Museum of Science and Industry’s Black Creativity honor for her work as a filmmaker and the Urban Business Roundtable’s 40 Under 40 Game Changer Award. A Chicago native, she has a B.A in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University, is a graduate of the Atlanta Olympic Committee’s Host Broadcast Training Program and studied Arts, Entertainment and Media Management at Columbia College in Chicago.