HAMPTON, Va. (November 12, 2019) –Hampton University alumna Charlese Hawkins-Hatton (c/o 2011) recently received the 2019 CAMMY Inclusion Award for her work as a producer at PhillyCAM – the community media center that airs original content on Philadelphia’s public access television. The red carper style ceremony was held on October 20 at the Lightbox Film Center in Philadelphia, PA.
“Congratulations to Ms. Charlese Hawkins-Hatton for this award that recognizes her work in film. Our world-class alumni continue to break barriers, make their mark in this world and represent their ‘Home by the Sea,’” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
Hawkins-Hatton received the Inclusion Award for her film project STAGES, a television showabout how three women connected by an HIV diagnosis, forge a friendship during a pivotal moment in their life in order to combat the stigmas surrounding HIV and embark on new journeys together. A resident of South Philly, Charlese is a 2013 New York University graduate with an MFA in Dramatic Writing, earned a B.S. in Biology in 2011 from Hampton University, and now works at Penn Medicine.
The Cammy Awards celebrate producers whose television and radio content brings together the people of Philadelphia to make and share media that promotes creative expression, democratic values, and civic participation. The Cammys recognize the creativity and commitment of its volunteer producers whose programming exemplifies values of inclusion, collaboration, discovery, learning, local focus, and quality. “I was elated to share a winning space with so many great creatives who each have their own unique voice. STAGES is the first project under my budding production company, Prime Act Media. I am blessed to have had a dedicated production team who took a chance on this project and with me as a novice filmmaker. For any other creatives out there, I would say to keep the faith and stay true to your authentic voice,” said Hawkins-Hatton. “I would like to dedicate my interest in film to my former professor, Eleanor Earl.”
“I'm so very proud of this wonderful accomplishment. It also truly warms my heart to have Charlese, an academically and creatively gifted young woman whom I remember mentoring during her time at HU, offer such a generous acknowledgment of me. She was a Biology major who took ENG 341-Script Writing and decided she really wanted to pursue writing as a career. I recall encouraging her to continue her studies as a Pre-Med student in Biology instead of changing majors. However, I also challenged her to think of ways to synthesize her newfound passion for writing with her passion for medicine,” said Eleanor Earl, assistant professor of English and Film Studies and Director of the Film Studies Program. “It's great to see she was successful in synthesizing her passion for medicine and creative writing by way of her production company. I wish her continued success; and, look forward to having her return to HU to share her original content with her HU family.”
PhillyCAM is the non-profit designated by the City of Philadelphia to operate its public access television network (Comcast 66/966HD/967 and Verizon 29/30). PhillyCAM content also airs on WPPM-FM’s 90-watt signal that reaches about 800,000 people throughout the Philadelphia region. It’s a community media center that brings together the people of Philadelphia to make and share media that promotes creative expression, democratic values and civic participation.