For Kiana Chambers, the journey to her current role as Coordinator at Janelle Monae’s production company, Wondaland Pictures, wasn’t easy, but her persistence to push for change is evident in her success today. November Hall of Femme honoree, Kiana is a graduate of Howard University where she launched the first-ever Howard Univeristy Film Festival. This experience allowed her to connect with The American Black Film Festival, later landing her a spot in the American Black Film Festival Greenlighters Academy. Kiana believes in the importance of accurate representation of people of color, by people of color, in the film industry and has dedicated herself to this mission. Her drive to stand up in situations when she sees unfair depictions has followed her throughout her career.
Through her roles as Assistant to Director and EP of Universal’s Queen and Slim and her work on HBO’s Insecure, Kiana has shared her voice in major productions, understanding the importance of fighting to protect the integrity of the artist’s vision. Kiana found a home on the executive side of the business, leading her to her current position as Coordinator at Wondaland Pictures.
Kiana inspires younger generations of Black women who want to pursue careers in entertainment by sharing her story and the challenges she faced along the way - battling racism and ageism early on in her career. Despite the challenges faced, Kiana has been determined to persevere in pursuit of her dreams, shattering the glass ceiling holding her back.