Georgetown Law | Adultification Bias Video | 5IVE | Minneapolis, MN

Georgetown Law Center

The Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality works with policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and advocates to develop effective policies and practices that alleviate poverty and inequality in the United States.

The Challenge

Develop video content to raise awareness and highlight the effects of adultification – the perception of Black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than white girls of the same age.

The Solution

Use storytelling to elevate the voices of black women and girls and share their lived experience. By combining direct quotes from focus groups with quantitative statistics called out in the client’s accompanying reports, we were able to establish a powerful narrative that is authentic, respectful and impactful. It was our goal to humanize the issue, spark new conversations, and reflect a reality that is far too often ignored and normalized. The graphic novel approach of the creative direction was used to reflect the stark realities of adultification bias and bring light to a deep societal issue that has been lost in the shadows for too long. Through engaging animation, an authentic voice, and conscious character development, we worked to distill a complex narrative into a powerful piece of shareable content to promote awareness and drive change.

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Georgetown Law Media Coverage
The video was picked up and featured by popular news publications including Vice, Vox, and HuffPost and inspired others to share their own stories of adultification bias.

Georgetown Law Media Coverage

“The development and production of this project was an intense yet rewarding process to witness. We had to maintain the integrity of the stories and their life experiences of these young girls and women. Recreating someone’s personal story in a compelling and truthful way is always a challenge. These stories made me realize this does happen everyday and it continues to happen. We had to really analyze and hone in on what stories and visuals we wanted to show as there were so many additional stories we could have shown.”

– Derek Skar, Illustrator

“The most challenging part of this process was figuring out how to discuss an issue that felt very familiar and personal to me. There was a kind of pressure that came with that to create something that did justice to the issue of adultification and how it can feel to have that imposed on you. I really wanted our audience to empathize with the stories we were helping to share. But overall, I think that pressure and those challenges gave rise to a really solid final product that our whole team is proud of.”

– Noah Lawrence-Holder, Animator