ABOUT US

ABOUT US

Love Now Media is an empathy-centered media company that uses storytelling to advocate for justice, wellness and equity. We produce and distribute content and lead impact-focused conversations and activities that produce outcomes. Our programs serve universities, museums, and communities that are on the brink of change.

Our news publishing uplifts the voices of those advocating for social justice, wellness and equity. Our outlet publishes the work of engaged journalists, storytellers, lovers, artists, healers, and activists, who know the power of storytelling and reclaim agency in publishing our narratives.

Love Now Media of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia is a project of CultureTrust, a 501c3.

Our Story

Love Now Media is a concept born in the middle of protests. Our founder, Jos Duncan, had been leading cultural diversity programs and documenting protests for justice. Most of the advocacy work was a reaction to injustice, violence, inequities, racism, and social ills. There were real people at the center of that work whose mental and emotional wellness was at stake. Nevertheless, people were gathering in houses, coffee shops, community centers, and on vacant land to build upon it and make transformational change. There were stories of compassion, solidarity, and allyship working together to make progress; that looked a lot like “love.” The spirit of that work serves as the impetus for ours. We tell those stories and we offer services for those whose work is in line with our mission.

 

Jos Duncan

Founder and Chief Storyteller

Jos Duncan is a multimedia producer, professional storyteller, and social entrepreneur with over fifteen years experience collaboratively creating and documenting community-centered narratives. She is the founder of Love Now Media, an empathy-centered media company that uses storytelling to advocate for social justice and wellness, now.

Jos holds an MFA in Media and Communications (City College of New York), a BBA in Business with a concentration in Information Technology (Temple University, Fox), and an Associates of Science in Computer Programming. She has received recognition for her artistic work through awards and fellowships from the American Folklore Society, New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT), Colin Powell Center for Public Policy, PA Council on the Arts, the Leeway Foundation, Chicken & Egg Pictures and Sundance Institute’s Screenwriting Intensive in Philadelphia and Park City, Utah.

Nicole Blackson

Executive Director

Nicole Blackson joined Love Now Media as its Executive Director in the fall of 2020 after 4 years working with the team as a speaker, show host, and project facilitator. Nicole holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and worked as a social worker for over a decade providing psychoeducational case management services for clients affected by mental health challenges and homelessness. In 2018, she joined The Ladipo Group as a Program Specialist, where she develops curricula and provides training facilitation for topics including Vicarious Trauma, Burnout Prevention, Trauma Informed Care and Cultural Competency, LGBTQIA education, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Race & Identity work. She utilizes her experience working with youth, families and diverse communities and personal values of facilitating radical conversations within the group process to evaluate, empower and effectively impact others and environments. In addition to her work with Love Now Media and The Ladipo Group, she is a Wedding Officiant and a supporter of art, love, and wellness.

Tezarah Wilkins

Product Manager

Tezarah Wilkins is a Multimedia Producer, Photographer, and Arts Administrator. She has worked with arts and cultural organizations throughout the Philadelphia area, including completing an Artist Engagement Fellowship for the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, serving on the Advisory Board and Grant Planning Committee for Small But Mighty Arts Grant, and her work as a documentary and web-series Producer at Love Now Media. 

Tezarah is the Producer, Creator & Host of the internationally award-winning podcast Who Taught You How To Drive?! (WTYH2D?!), chosen to be in the first cohort of the Google Podcasts creator program. The show has received a Resolution from the City of Philadelphia and a nomination for Best Comedy Podcast, from the Black Podcast Awards 2020. Her perspective has opened opportunities to contribute to the Philadelphia Inquirer, participate in Ignite Philly, introduce Michael Barbaro from the New York Times’ The Daily at MightyFest, and present WTYH2D?! the Live Show at Podcast Movement.  

Currently in production for her first documentary, Tezarah aims to center the voices and experiences of Black women who identify as “fat” – who yearn for visibility, body diversity in media, and a celebration of the bodies they live in day in and day out.

Denise James

Managing Editor, News

Denise James is an experienced journalist, multimedia content creator and teacher. Her journalism career began in Detroit, at the nation’s first Black owned television station. She spent 3 decades working at television stations in several cities, including Philadelphia. While working at 6abc/Action News, she became known for thorough, creative, inclusive coverage as well as engaging writing and storytelling that reflects marginalized people’s truths in empowering ways. Now she coaches industry professionals, and teaches as Temple University, challenging aspiring journalists to embrace the power and responsibility that makes up the job of journalist, storyteller and truth purveyor. Denise is a member of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Online News Association. She is a longtime mentor in the NABJ Student Multimedia Journalism bootcamp style program and a PhillyCAM board member.

Marie Hinson

Director of Photography

As a director and cinematographer Marie’s work has been included in Tribeca Film Institute 2020 Network, IFP Documentary Lab, Chicken and Egg Nest Knight Fellowship, Frameline, Outfest, and the Montreal Underground Film Festival.

In 2019, her first documentary feature as a cinematographer, Queer Genius, a multi-part portrait of queer artists including Moor Mother, Eileen Myles, and Barbara Hammer, premiered at Frameline and NewFest. She is also a cinematographer on Alysa Nahmias’ forthcoming documentary about artist Jesse Krimes.

Additional commercial, narrative, corporate and TV clients have included LogoTV, PBS, Bustle, Verizon, Comcast, and Facebook.

Nashe Scott

Business Development Consultant / Advisory Board

Keeping things running smoothly has become Nashe’ C. Scott’s trademarkWhether in hospitality or other industries, the heart of her mission is focused on business development. the Philadelphia native began her career as a financial analyst for Coca-Cola enterprises. From there she went on to gain operational experience in the nonprofit world at a largescale nonprofit organization

Nashe holds an MBA with a concentration in organizational leadership and has worked as an c-suite executive in hotels, restaurants, and with her firm, The Nashe Scott Firm. With her proven track record and dedication to hard work and excellence, she builds relationships and creates experiences that keep customers happy and companies profitable.