Board of Directors
Dyana Williams is a revered award-winning entertainment powerhouse and music activist. Whether showcasing her talents in broadcasting, print journalism, television producing and reporting, inspiring others through community activism and lecturing, or shaping the careers of major label artists through media coaching and artists development, she’s remained a constant force in the entertainment industry for over four decades.
Fondly referred to as “The Mother of Black Music Month,” Dyana is one of the co-founders of June, Black Music Month, along with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Kenny Gamble and broadcaster Ed Wright.
Dubbed by the New York Times as “hip-hop’s artist whisperer,” Dyana engineers media strategies and artist development for her celebrity clientele, which has included Rihanna, Charlie Wilson, Janelle Monae, Alessia Cara, and The Zac Brown Band, among many others.
Dyana is also known for her illustrious career as on-air talent in radio, which has spanned decades. She has also been a frequent guest commentator for TV One’s music series, Unsung. She is currently an on-camera entertainment contributor for Chasing News.
Dyana is co-producer of the prestigious annual Marian Anderson Awards at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, in which she orchestrated tributes to Berry Gordy, Jon Bon Jovi, Wynton Marsalis, Patti LaBelle, Gamble & Huff and Kool & the Gang.
Over the years, Dyana has curated multiple exhibitions. Visions in Music featured the work of several prominent Black photographers including recording artist Will Downing, Adria Hughes, David “Oggi” Ogburn and Arnold Turner which exhibited at Philadelphia’s African-American Museum, and traveled to the Apex Museum in Atlanta and the New Orleans African-American Museum. Additionally, she curated an exhibition of photographer, Ron St. Clair “Do You Hear What I See” and “Covered” about contemporary Muslim women by artist Yusef Jaleel at the Art Sanctuary in Philadelphia.
Dyana sits on several boards, including the National Museum of African American Music, where she chairs their Music Industry Relations Collective, and the Philadelphia Chapter of The Recording Academy (the GRAMMY organization). A proud graduate of the Temple University Klein College of Media and Communication, where she graduated cum laude, she also currently sits on their board.