2017 Rundown

In the African tradition it’s common to say: “it takes a village to raise a child.”

I am sending you this message because you are part of my village! Thank you for all the ways in which you have supported me! This rundown is my way of keeping you in the loop. Feel free to visit my website www.simplyzinhle.com/2017-Rundown for my full year in review update. Happy reading!


“So, what’s new in 2017?”


A New Era, A New Song


 I’m currently co-curating a multimedia benefit concert and reception called A New Era, A New Song. The event is a multimedia benefit concert bringing notable artists, social entrepreneurs, and public figures together to honor the legacy and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It will shine light on the social justice issues that still plague our country and our world, just days before the 2017 presidential inauguration. RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/GWNewEra


I’m finishing up my new documentary film, The Minority Vote. The Minority Vote is an original documentary film covering the most pressing issues facing millennials in the heat of the 2016 Presidential Election. You can read more about the film, here.

MARCH 2017

A Luta Continua: A Live Art Exhibition

For my final hurrah as a student at GW and DC resident, SimplyZinhle Productions presents the Live Art Exhibition: “A Luta Continua.” The gallery opening date is March 6, 2017 and and closes Friday, March 24, 2017. There will be film, singing dance, art, food and more. See you in March!



I graduate in May, so the job search has begun! Post-graduation, I am seeking opportunities to contribute to multimedia production and marketing strategy in New York City. Know of any? Feel free to send ‘em to simplyzinhle@gmail.com.

Cool. Enough about the future, how was your year? 


Started the year in Puerto Rico, staffing an alternative community service break at Plenitud. Plenitud is a nonprofit educational farm and learning center that focuses on the research, demonstration, and dissemination of sustainable practices for today’s rural and urban environment.  Learn more about my trip through this video I created as a Planet Forward explorer:


February was an eventful month! I co-curated “Blacktivism: The New Generation,” an art exhibition capturing the progression made by the new generation of black activists. The exhibition was led by Cheers Media Group and co-curated by SimplyZinhle Productions, The Ace Magazine and Life of Lanie.


Hands Up screened at Annapolis High School in Maryland. Following the screening, we discussed the #BlackLivesMatter movement and what millennial activism can look like.


In February, I also hosted two panel discussions with entrepreneurs, social media influencers and Ferguson activists during Black History Month.

MARCH 2016

My documentary film, Hands Up, made it to the Vancouver International Film Festival. I travelled to Canada with Hands Up‘s Executive Producer, Dr. Imani M. Cheers.


APRIL 2016

In April, I was honored to receive the GW Award, awarded to 1-4 students, faculty, and/or staff members who made exceptional contributions to advance the university towards realization of exceptional competence, integrity, and goodwill in the performance of university responsibilities.


MAY 2016

I wrapped up my first year of grad school as part of the inaugural NewsroomU program. NewsroomU is a White House Press Briefing for 25 student journalists from around the country. As a part of the program, I attended and reported on President Obama’s Howard University Commencement Address and asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest a question during our press briefing with him.




JUNE 2016

In June, I earned my graduate certificate in documentary filmmaking from GW’s Institute for Documentary Filmmaking. Also, Hands Up, received a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media.


JULY 2016

Wrapped up my event-filled year at The Global Women’s Institute with the United State of Women Summit! Then, I ventured to South Africa for a short term study abroad course exploring cultural diversity theory and expression. I worked with the Bokamoso Youth Foundation, which seeks to empower youth in Winterveldt, South Africa, through life and work skills training, professional counseling, and administration of scholarships for further education that are funded by the Bokamoso Youth Foundation. You can see images from my trip here, and see a short recap from the early days of my trip below:



Celebrated a birthday, found incredible fellowship through a bible study at District Church in DC and began working as the Multimedia Coordinator at the Multicultural Student Services Center!


This year, I was named the recipient of the Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service Learning. As part of the fellowship I created The Minority Vote, a documentary film and community project encouraging millennials to get informed and get to the ballot.  You can learn more about the project, at: theminorityvotefilm.com



In less than three months, The Minority Vote team managed to create a 45 minute documentary. We hosted four work-in-progress screenings of The Minority Vote, including one with GWU President Steven Knapp.

Work-in-progress screening with freshman students in GW’s Women’s Leadership Program, days after the election. 



Wrapped up the year singing at the 5 year anniversary of The Global Women’s Institute, and revealing a new line of clothing called BABYBLACK.

Overall, I think it’s safe to say — it’s been a long year. Of course, year in reviews tend to highlight the greatest moments and overlook the tough ones. I’ve been a few valleys, but through it all faith, family and friends have kept me grounded. In particular, I’ve trusted this verse, which says: But we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts.” – Romans 5:3-5.  Wishing you a wonderful new year, filled with hope in truth.