🎉 2022 Shortlist

                                      Black Girl Fly - Turner Sports' "The Arena"

                                      Entrant: Bleacher Report

                                      NOMINEE ✨
                                      • Excellence in Black Storytelling


                                      ABOUT THIS ENTRY

                                      Funmilola Fagbamila’s poem, Black Girl Fly, is a celebration of Black women in sports and all the barriers shattered along the way, giving future generations the opportunity to achieve their own greatness.

                                      How does this represent “Excellence in Engagement”?

                                      Through the use of our NBA on TNT social channels, Black Girl Fly was able to reach millions of our followers through YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.

                                      The reception we received was not only measured through quantitative viewership, but through qualitative engagement in the comments and likes, which shows the impact and appreciation of diverse storytelling. Viewers connected with the message and the positive feedback on social media proves that.

                                      Objective: Our objective was to turn Funmilola's poem into a performance piece that would grab the viewer's attention through the use of "projection-like" images and highlights. We wanted to celebrate the women who paved the way, broke glass ceilings, and have inspired the present and future of women's sports.

                                      Strategy & Execution: Funmilola's poem inspires young Black girls to go out and pursue their dreams and passions. We wanted to speak to that girl visually by incorporating User-Generated Content featured on various social platforms of other young Black women participating in sports and athletics.

                                      Combine that with fast-paced highlights and images of trailblazers, the viewer can say to themselves, "If I continue to work hard, I can be the next Simone Biles."

                                      Results: The feature generated over 200,000 views between NBA on TNT social channels and the linear broadcast on TNT while the feature ran.


                                      Bleacher Report
                                      Turner Sports


                                      Lakia Holmes
                                      Senior Producer
                                      Bleacher Report

                                      Jonathan Scott
                                      Coordinating Producer
                                      Turner Sports

                                      Gibran Kalaf
                                      Senior Editor                                            WarnerMedia

                                      Jeremy Patterson
                                      Senior Designer

                                      David Henshaw
                                      Sound Design                                                  Turner Broadcasting

                                      Eric Jackson
                                      Senior VP of Digital Content
                                      Turner Sports


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