Meet the producer, director and writer who is changing the future of television: Leigh Davenport


Leigh Davenport is the ultimate creative multi-hyphenator. She is a talented director, writer and producer who creates modern content that acts as the intersection between alertness and the bizarre and transforms the narratives about women in color. In the entertainment media after the last 15 years in distinguished roles including writing for the Black Girls Rock! Awards Davenport produces at BET, TV One and VH1 and is finally releasing her own script series Run the World. The series, which premieres on Starz on May 16, is Davenport’s love letter to New York and its culture, inspired by her years in the city. “I I had such a large group of smart women I spent my 20s with in New York, ”Davenport tells us. “We have all lived in Harlem and we really enjoyed it. We felt like we were in a sacred space. We saw ourselves as this new generation of the Harlem Renaissance. And we’ve worked in all industries and had all kinds of crazy jobs and our own versions of the Prada stories from The Devil Wears, ”she adds.


Melinda Martin