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A videostreaming platform that uplifts the diverse voices of independent content creators from all over the country.
A videostreaming platform that uplifts the diverse voices of independent content creators from all over the country.
257 backers pledged $27,210 to help bring this project to life.

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We aim to grow Third Space Media into a subscription-based video platform centering the voices of marginalized folks.

I observed tons of amazing content creators of color, on other video streaming platforms, not getting the support they needed to continue to create the dope content. Instead of waiting on a big break from a major television or video streaming platform, why not get together and create our own channel and share audiences with each other?

Third Space Media "The Future is Black" Tee Modeled by Kierra Johnson
Third Space Media "The Future is Black" Tee Modeled by Kierra Johnson

Launching Third Space Media as subscription-based video streaming platform means created a home for creators that usually don't get a seat at the table.  This is a way for the creators to no only own a part of the platform but to have a permanent seat at the table.

Who's behind the camera is just as important as who's in front.
Who's behind the camera is just as important as who's in front.

I kept coming back to authenticity, creativity and ownership as the key values that would be at the core of next level as media company. We are not interested in quick creating click bait content. We want to invest in stories and people. This is how you really disrupt the status quo.

Third Space Media will serve as home for independent content creators producing high-quality, thoughtful, and necessary stories. Formats will include short film, documentary, scripted and news content. Diversity, equity, and intersectionality will function as core principles and not buzz words. The platform will not only house content. We will support the artists who have poured their souls into projects by paying them for their work, allowing them to maintain ownership, and getting the content out into the world.

This company started off as a web-series where I interviewed Bay Area Creatives in their “Third Space.” The project was a way to showcase talented folks of color who were thriving in the region despite the their rapidly gentrifying surroundings. We were documenting, celebrating, and amplifying the creative geniuses around us. While working as a content creator, I started to see certain gaps. Where would my content live? Who would produce the work? How can I create what I love and not only make a living, but also thrive and flourish?

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Third Space Media Infographic

 The funds will be used to begin building the platform, staffing and video production support for our content creators.

I kept coming back to authenticity, creativity and ownership as the key values that would be at the core of next level as media company. We are not interested in quick creating click bait content. We want to invest in stories and people. This is how you really disrupt the status quo.

Community Gathered at Third Space Live Event
Community Gathered at Third Space Live Event

Third Space Media will serve as home for independent content creators producing high-quality, thoughtful, and necessary stories. Formats will include short film, documentary, scripted and news content. Diversity, equity, and intersectionality will function as core principles and not buzz words. The platform will not only house content. We will support the artists who have poured their souls into projects by paying them for their work, allowing them to maintain ownership, and getting the content out into the world.

You are the key to making this vision a reality. Black women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs, yet Black women rarely get any funding from venture capital firms. As we continue to navigate the startup world and pitch for our lives, we are turning to community to invest. We need your help to bring forth a new platform for a new era. One that is for us, by us.

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We are aware of the challenges of startup life. Getting funding is difficult. While we have been pitching VCs and our confident that a successful Kickstarter will give us the enough money to build our platform, we will have to continue to raise money through the beta version of Third Space Media.

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