Our Story


Founded by visionary creative Taylor K. Shaw, leader in the world of conscious content, media, activism and empowering women—Black Women Animate is the first and only production company designed to improve the representation of black women in animation. While creating her own animated series, Taylor wanted to employ a team of black women animators but quickly realized her search would be more challenging than expected. She joined forces with Creative and Activist JLove Calderón to create BWA, a chance to help black women, women of color, and nonbinary artists of color in the world of animation obtain visibility and job opportunities. The members of Black Women Animate are committed to controlling their narratives and using their art to empower themselves and their community through visual media.

The Team

Taylor K. Shaw,
Founder & CEO

JLove Calderon,
Managing Partner

Sidney Clifton,
Senior Consultant
& Supervising Producer




Honor & Acknowledge

Before we ink any deal or put out any piece of content, we make sure the needs of our community are honored and acknowledged. We are a company that invites the artists we work with to show up as their full selves by intentionally creating and developing content and Community programming that will give our base a seat at our table.

Cultural Innovation

Black women, women of color, and nonbinary artists of color across the diaspora are the drivers of our stories. The content we produce is inherently innovate because we center the voices of our base in unprecedented ways.

Create the Narrative

Black Women Animate is committed to transforming representation in animation by serving as a platform for authentic storytelling - providing space for our base to create their own narratives and control their stories.


“The members of Black Women Animate are dedicated to their craft and committed to using their art to empower themselves, others, and transport audiences through visual media.”

-Forbes, 2018



Contact Us

To contact BWA to inquire about our original content or working with us, please reach out to our Community & Project Coordinator brea@blackwomenanimate.com.