"My work is to be honest. My work is to try to think clearly, then have the courage to make sure that what I say is the truth."
- Maya Angelou
May 15, 2019
To My Beautiful Members, Friends, Supporters, My Community, The City of Atlanta
I learned of the grievances expressed by former TILA team members via letter yesterday afternoon outlining frustrations with a recent project. I take these concerns very seriously and plan to address each to the best of my ability. All contractual staff members have been compensated for their work and contributions. As a first step, I’ve extended an invitation to the former team members to sit down and discuss the issues raised, in hopes of finding a resolution.
I started TILA Studios out of my own need as a young black woman artist to collaborate with other black women creatives in an industry where black women often don't receive the recognition and support they deserve. Since growing our community of women, our members have become the heartbeat of the organization and what keeps the mission and vision alive. It is important for me to honor the contributions of all of our stakeholders, community, friends, supporters and sponsors by taking a moment to listen, learn and grow with integrity.
I am deeply committed to the mission of TILA Studios, and am equally committed to addressing and resolving the issues raised by former team members. Growing and building organization like TILA has been one of the most beautiful journeys that I have ever embarked on. As amazing as this journey has been, it has not been an easy one. Each day has come with challenges, pivots, growth and major moments of discovery. I’m excited to continue working alongside you to empower black women artists.
Thank you for your continued support. Apologies if this caused any inconvenience or disruption. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.