hometown

Chicago, IL

 

Education

B.A. Spelman College

M.A. The New School University  

 
 

Leigh Davenport is writer and director who loves Chicago pizza and hates cats. After graduating Spelman College, Davenport moved to New York City and found a 400-square-foot box in Harlem to reside in while she pursued a career in media, landing a gig as a PA at Vh1. After an assorted array of crazy TV jobs, she landed a gig at the African-American owned digital media company InteractiveOne where she was named Editorial Director of HelloBeautiful.com. Under her leadership, HelloBeautiful.com became a top 10 destination for Black women online. 

Davenport recently made her feature length directorial debut with “Power on Pointe,” a documentary  that chronicles the rebirth of the Dance Theater of Harlem after an 8-year financially induced hiatus. In 2015, Davenport debuted her first short documentary film, “Women on Top” to overwhelmingly positive reviews. The straight talk film featured interviews with celebrity women discussing power, sexuality, femininity and sisterhood. 

Davenport is passionate about the intersection of gender, race, politics and pop-culture and continues to pursue work that shifts the narratives that surround women of color. She is currently drowning herself in screenwriting, developing a television series based on her experiences in the entertainment industry in New York. 

Davenport currently resides, writes and eats extremely delicious food in Venice, California.