Jimmeka Anderson is a Ph.D. student in the Urban Education program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a research focus on African American adolescents and critical digital media literacy.  She received her master's degree in Educational Media with a focus on New Media Literacies and Global Perspectives at Appalachian State University.  While serving as the Founder and Executive Director of I AM not the MEdia, Inc. for nine years, she has developed curriculum and award winning community programs that empower youth through media literacy and media creation (www.iamnotthemedia.org).  Additionally, Jimmeka is the Chapter Lead for North Carolina for the national Media Literacy Now organization, the creator of the Teen Media Literacy Conference in Charlotte, NC, serves on the Student Leadership Council for the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) and the Graduate Student Council for the American Education Research Association (AERA).