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Yvetta Kai Williams

Director of PEG

Yvetta Kai Williams' passion for filmmaking is matched only by her exuberant pride for her home state of Mississippi. An independent filmmaker with a slew of projects under her belt and a handful of awards to boot, Ms. Williams has focused her craft towards spotlighting Mississippi's rich history and emerging local talent, as well as raising awareness to current issues and events that affect the people around her.

In 1990, Ms. Williams began attending the historical Tougaloo College where she earned a BA in English. Upon returning from an internship in Los Angeles, California she continued her academic career at the University of Southern Mississippi and received an additional BA in Film and Television. In 2010, Ms. Williams returned to school, obtaining a Masters in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University.

In 2012, Ms. Williams returned home to Mississippi Public Broadcasting as producer, director and editor for a number of series and projects. Upon on her return, Ms. Williams created Can I Kick It? (CIKI). CIKI is a collection of life stories and testimonies that encourage young people to stay in school. The collection includes Mississippi (both present and former) mentors telling their story of experience and triumph. Upon its success, it grew to include a youth lead dropout prevention component (the CIKI Crew) that uses the art of filmmaking to engage and encourage young people in their efforts to help decrease the numbers of dropouts in the state of Mississippi.

Today, Yvetta Kai Williams serves as the Director of the PEG Network in Jackson, Mississippi. There, she is working diligently to change the face of Jackson’s Public Governmental and Educational Television by bringing thought provoking, high quality programing to the metropolitan area.

Department Description

The City of Jackson’s Public, Education and Government Network (PEG) promotes the free exchange of diverse ideas, enable Jackson’s residents to exercise their First Amendment right to free speech, and encourage local citizens to express their interests and opinions. These goals are achieved by providing production facilities, technical assistance, and media training to any local individual, group, or organization who wishes to develop television programming. At the PEG manager’s discretion, partnerships may be established allowing private entities (educational organizations, community service providers, etc.) to utilize studio space if that use poses no conflict with scheduled PEG activities.