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06.30.20

To Sit At The Table

by Angela Yang

This is the first installment of a content series that will bring diverse voices and perspectives from across the organization to the forefront. Our intention is to ensure Black and underrepresented people in our community are given the space to be seen, heard and recognized. Read more about our commitment to sharing and amplifying these important voices and our action plan for driving diverse, equitable and inclusive outcomes at our agency and in the industry.

The typeface for our promotional assets was created by Tré Seals, founder of Studio Seals and Vocal Type Co. This video was produced by the incredibly talented Caleb Sawyer, T3 Motion Graphics Director, Kayla Shay Roebuck, T3 Visual Designer and Austin Hegarty, Business Development Manager on audio. 

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:

This spoken word is meant to articulate my personal experience as a woman of color and ad exec coming to terms with my role in perpetuating and benefiting from a broken system that does little to nothing to fight for Black inclusion and equity. There are nuances to privilege, to color and to power that cannot be ignored and must be recognized. 

Although these are my own thoughts and feelings, I do hope that these words can act as a mirror and call-to-action, specifically for underrepresented leaders, who have likely struggled to find a seat at the table themselves and who may have protected themselves in that journey, to look harder at their actions and to do more than to “make room.”

This is recognition that we have a chance to build something new. 

One last point that I would be remiss to not recognize. I did not intend this piece to be a poem, but found that keeping statements to rhymes was the only way I could articulate my feelings truly and succinctly. The added recitation allowed me to own the narrative in my own voice and to paint a clearer emotional story.

Although spoken word is thousands of years old, it is not lost on me that the contemporary format in the U.S. was and is heavily popularized and influenced by Black and African American communities today and during the Harlem Renaissance and beyond. I recognize and appreciate this history and how it has enabled me to bring to life a piece that is distinctly my own.

Thank you,
Angela Yang

Angela Yang