Second Life Podcast: Leigh Davenport

Leigh Davenport is the ultimate creative multi-hyphenate. She is a talented director, writer, and producer creating modern content deemed at the intersection of woke and whimsical, shifting the narratives surrounding women of color. After spending the last 15 years working in entertainment media in esteemed roles, including writing for the Black Girls Rock! awards and producing at BET, TV One, and VH1, Davenport is finally releasing her own scripted series, Run the World. Premiering on Starz on May 16, the series is Davenport’s love letter to New York and its culture, inspired by her years living and working in the city. “I had such a great group of smart women that I spent my 20s in New York with,” Davenport reveals to us. “We all lived in Harlem, and we loved it. We felt like we were kind of in a sacred space. We thought of ourselves like this new Harlem Renaissance generation. And we worked on all kinds of industries and had all kinds of crazy jobs, and our own kind of versions of The Devil Wears Prada stories going,” she adds.