Interception: Jayne Kennedy • American Sportscaster
Documentary Short | Duration: 0:15:00 | New York, NY, USA
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Description: A bronze-skin bombshell rocks the world of Sunday Morning Football ---millions tune in, but few know the tumultuous story of Jayne Kennedy, the first Black woman to boldly run interception on the racial lines of American sportscasting.
Safiya Songhai is an American film director, Emmy Award winning television producer and broadcast journalist. The Philadelphia native, trained with highly acclaimed playwright Ntozake Shange, Sankofa director Haile Gerima, and Oscar award winning director Spike Lee. Songhai’s first films, 'Ladylike', and 'In Silent Spaces' both follow African American female protagonists and explore themes of sisterhood, parent/child relationships, religion, spirituality, and the supernatural. Both films earned top honors at film festivals nationwide, and later premiered on PBS. LadyLike was incorporated into lesson plans in middle school curriculum to teach about religious tolerance and is one of the first film credits of the late Chadwick Boseman.In addition to filmmaking, Songhai has worked as a television commentator for CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront, discussing topics concerning racial profiling, the George Zimmerman trial, police brutality, and the impact of the murder of Trayvon Martin. Since 2014, Songhai has covered international news as a TV anchor/reporter for Arise News. Songhai has also been featured as voice-over talent for a number of documentaries, commercials, promotional work, and PSA’s. As a television producer Songhai hosted a five part PBS series on the legacy of Brown vs. the Board of Education, and produced the undercover prison-cell footage for the 2 hour Dateline special on the BTK Killer.
Based in New York, Songhai travels as a college professor and for panel discussions. Songhai is a summa cum laude graduate of Howard University’s Film Program, and completed her MFA at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Kanbar Institute of Film and Television Production.