ACTIVIST & JOURNALIST
Rokhaya Diallo is an Afro-Parisian journalist, award winning director, and human rights activist. Diallo’s work solidifies her standing as an international activist committed to connecting all oppressed people who comprise the vast African Diaspora. Diallo is a “big sister” and mentor to many young activists including Equality for HER’s own Blair Imani.
Born on April 10 in Paris, France to Senegalese immigrants Ismael Diallo and Marème Gueye-Diallo, Rokhaya learned to stand up for her beliefs at a young age. Early in life, Rokhaya Diallo chaired the local youth council of the town of La Courneuve while simultaneously active within the anti-sexist association Mix-Cité and with the anti-globalization organization ATTAC. Rokhaya has one sibling, a brother who is now an engineer.
Rokhaya is the host of two TV shows for BET France, a contributor to the RTL radio program, On refait le Monde (We change the World), and a commentator on several networks, including Canal +, TV5, and France 24. Analyzing the dynamic reconstruction of French culture and the origins of societal fracturing she co-authored and hosted Egaux mais pas trop (Equals but not too much) on LCP-AN. Recognized as an international authority in her field, Rokhaya has contributed to the Huffington Post, and regularly writes for Elle Magazine and the newspaper Liberation.
As one of the most influential black figures in Europe today, Rokhaya‘s insight has been sought by both BBC Radio and NPR regarding her stance on anti-racism. In 2013, she produced the documentary, The Steps to Liberty, for the French TV channel France Ô, in which she follows a group of young American heirs to MLK’s 1963 March on Washington through France where they learn of the French identity crises after the March for Equality and Against Racism. The film was awarded the "Best French-language Documentary Film" prize at the Festival Régional et International du Cinéma de Guadeloupe (FEMI). The following year, Rokhaya produced the documentary on hate and freedom of speech on the internet, Networks of Hate, for LCP/AN and France 3-IDF, after having been a target of rape on Twitter.
Rokhaya’s most recent project is a documentary titled Not Yo Mama’s Movement which debuted in the US at the Schomburg Center in Harlem, NY in 2016. The film focuses on an emerging generation of Black activists who, in the wake of the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, were able to mobilize international opinion in favor of the protests in America. Her unique lens also reveals the fact that France is confronted with similar problems, the victims of French police brutality have not benefited from the same media attention. Not Yo Mama’s Movement explores the similarities and differences between the racial situations in the U.S. and France and how today’s activists navigate building movements for change.