Driadonna Roland: From SJGC Alumna to Emmy Success

SJGC Staff
SJGC Staff

Driadonna Roland, a distinguished alumna of the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC) at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), attended the 75th Primetime Emmy Award Show, marking a significant milestone in her burgeoning career in television development.

Roland currently serves as the Creative Executive for HONEY CHILE, an independent media and production company.

A Detroit native now based in Los Angeles, Roland’s journey from the halls of FAMU to the glitz and glamor of Hollywood exemplifies the power of ambition, talent, and the invaluable education received at SJGC.

Roland, who graduated from FAMU in 2008, shared her excitement and gratitude for her journey thus far. “I have wanted to work in television development since I graduated from SJGC in 2008, and was able to successfully transition to Hollywood just as recently as 2021,” Roland remarked.

Her persistence and dedication have paid off tremendously, with her involvement in two Emmy-winning productions underscoring her talent and drive.

Her contributions to “The Daily Show,” where she serves as an Associate Producer, led to the show’s recognition as the Best Variety Talk Series.

Additionally, Roland played a pivotal role in the marketing research and strategy for the acclaimed Apple TV series “Blackbird,” which clinched an Emmy award.

However, Roland is modest about her achievements, stating, “I can’t say I have two Emmys; I have to say I worked on two Emmy-winning productions.”

For Roland, the Emmy Awards night was more than just a celebration of industry excellence; it was a moment of affirmation and inspiration.

“To be within two years of this career pivot and to work on two Emmy-winning productions, the night served as affirmation that we can reach our dreams,” Roland shared.

Roland emphasized the significance of the foundation laid at FAMU, describing it as a springboard that propels students towards limitless possibilities.

“I hope this can serve as inspiration for all the journalism students who hope to work in creative fields; it can happen!” Roland expressed, offering encouragement to aspiring journalists and creatives alike.

Her journey from FAMU to the Emmy Awards stage is a testament to the transformative power of education, passion, and perseverance. As Roland continues to make strides in the television industry, her success serves as a beacon of hope and possibility for future generations of storytellers and media professionals.

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