Shirah Dedman had a diverse career in the entertainment industry - with positions at William Morris Agency, DirectTV and Paramount Pictures - before her desire to create and her passions for foodways, health and film led her to pursue independent filmmaking and a radically new professional path.


Her filmmaking efforts culminated in producing and directing the full-length documentary, Follow the Drinking Gourd, which has since screened at several film festivals and is available to view on kweliTV.


While specializing in media, food and agriculture, and Black-owned businesses, she provides all kinds of entrepreneurs strategies they need to grow and thrive.


Shirah is a licensed attorney with a J.D. from the University of Southern California, and an LL.M. in Food and Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas.