JANE FELDMAN

SHANNON LANIER

Award-winning photojournalist Jane Feldman is a former New York fashion photographer and producer, whose dedication to human rights led her to international projects with Amnesty International and the opportunity to create portraits of Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the Dalai Lama. Her work has appeared in major media outlets including The New York Times, the Boston Globe, Time, PBS’s Frontline, CBS Sunday Morning, the History Channel, YES and Orion magazines.

Jane’s work focuses on confronting racism, exploring human interconnectedness, and supporting youth empowerment. The author of six children’s books, she has worked with the CityKids Foundation, IMPACT in Harlem, Earth Train, and numerous NYC farm-to-school programs. Through her longstanding affiliation with Riverside Church’s Ministry of Peace and Social Justice, Jane has photographed prominent activists including Angela Davis, Cornel West, and Michelle Alexander.

Jane is currently working on a documentary based on Jefferson’s Children, an award-winning book about the descendants of Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings she coauthored with Jefferson-Hemmings descendant Shannon LaNier. The coauthors are members of Coming to the Table, an organization founded by descendants of slave owners and enslaved people that works toward racial reconciliation.

View Jane's portfolios at www.janefeldman.com. Contact her at janefeldmanphoto@gmail.com or 917-710-5546.

Emmy Award Winning television host, media personality and author, Shannon LaNier has been keeping audiences tuned in his entire life.

Shannon is the co-author of Jefferson’s Children: The Story of One American Family (Random House) a book that he wrote with renowned author, photojournalist and activist Jane Feldman. The book follows his journey to uncover the history behind his heritage as a 9th generation descendant of Thomas Jefferson and slave Sally Hemings. 

Additionally, this Cincinnati native inspires audiences across the globe with captivating speaking engagements that touch on everything from his presidential lineage to his career in media. Most recently, he participated in the White House's National Entrepreneurship Tour, bringing his signature brand of motivational humor to packed live audiences around the country.   

When not on the road as motivational speakers, Shannon produces and hosts television shows like his most recent production, “Arise Entertainment 360,” a daily culture and entertainment series that airs on BET's sister station, Centric, and cable providers globally. Shannon is also known for his work as a correspondent and senior producer on Black Enterprise Magazine’s nationally-syndicated shows: “Black Enterprise Business Report” and “Our World With Black Enterprise.”

Shannon remains an active member of his church, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and the National Association of Black Journalists. He currently lives in New York City with his wife/college sweetheart Chandra and their three children.