* Yara Shahidi (ABC’s Black-ish); Numa Perrier (Black&Sexy TV); and Philippines native Jose Antonio Vargas (Documented: A film by an undocumented American) are the panelistof the next generation leaders to discuss the impact of new ideas in Hollywood
* More than 400 Hollywood entertainers, members of NAACP, and aspiring television and filmmaking students expected to attend.
LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 29, 2015 – Ford Motor Company Fund is returning as presenting sponsor of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau Symposium, which marks its 11th year with the theme, “Hollywood: New Ideas and the Next Generation.”
The annual event will be held Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. The event is free to the public, and college students are encouraged to attend. A portion of Ford’s sponsorship will directly benefit community programs, including a $10,000 grant to LA based non-profit organization to be announced at the event.
This year’s theme “Hollywood: New Ideas and the Next Generation,” explores what millennials have launched careers in the entertainment industry using YouTube, Vine, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, APPs, Tumblr, Google Plus+ and other forms of social media networking.
“Ford is proud to partner again with the NAACP Hollywood Bureau Symposium to present this interactive symposium that will reveal enterprising strategies to successfully break into Hollywood,” said Pamela Alexander, director of community development, Ford Motor Company Fund.
More than 400 people including Hollywood entertainers, NAACP board members, members of the NAACP Image Awards’ committee and television academy, as well as film and television students from local colleges and universities will convene for the event.
Panel participants include millennial leaders: Yara Shahidi (ABC’s Black-ish); Numa Perrier (Black&Sexy TV); and Philippines native Jose Antonio Vargas (Documented: A film by an undocumented American). Ramsey Jay will serve as panel moderator. Jay was named by EBONY Magazine as one of the top “30 Young Leaders Under 30.”
Ford Motor Company’s support of the African American Community dates back to the early 20th century when Ford was the largest employer of African Americans in the auto industry. Ford is building on that century- long commitment to supporting the African American community with other signature initiatives that include:
- Ford has donated $1 million to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to help celebrate the richness and diversity of the African American experience.
- Ford Freedom Unsung,a national program that celebrates individuals who have made significant contributions in their local communities, yet often go unrecognized for their outstanding work.
Ford Motor Company supports programs that make a positive difference in the neighborhoods and communities where the company does business.
The Hollywood Bureau Symposium is one of several popular events held during Image Awards week. The 46th NAACP Image Awards will air on TV ONE on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 9pm/8c as a two-hour special. A one-hour pre-show will air live from the red carpet at 8pm/7c.
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About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. For more than 60 years, Ford Motor Company Fund has operated with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. The award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life program teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 25,000 Ford employees and retirees work on projects each year that better their communities in more than 30 countries. For more information, visit www.community.ford.com.
About NAACP Hollywood Bureau
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, the NAACP Hollywood Bureau opened officially in October 2002. The NAACP Hollywood Bureau is a satellite of the National office that deals with issues of diversity programming and minority employment in Hollywood, and oversees the production of the NAACP Image Awards. Recognizing the national and international influence of power of the entertainment industry, the Hollywood Bureau was established as part of the follow-up to the NAACP Diversity Initiative started in 1999.
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- Trina McGee- Girl Meets World
- Redaric Williams – The Young & The Restless
- Angell Conwell – Family Time, Baby Boy
- Patrick Faucette, recurring guest star on Tyler Perry’s Haves and the Have Nots
- Trae Ireland, Kevin Hart’s Wedding Ringer and star of Don B. Welch’s Walking By Faith – co-starring Kelly Price
- Shawn McDonald – Chocolate City and personal friend of Kelly Price
- Milena Gay – Days of Our Lives and Shelly Garrett’s Beauty Shop with Kim Whitley
- Kendall Curlett – Chocolate City
- Jah Shams – Magnificent Dunbar Hotel, Chocolate City, Sassy Mamas and the 2014 winner of the NAACP Theater Awards
- Melissa Grimmond
- Tyrone DuBose, TV One Unsung
- Vanessa A. Williams, Soul Food, Raising Izzie
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Revolt Announces New Social Justice Documentary ‘From Pain to Power’ (Trailer)
*REVOLT is behind a new captivating documentary that takes a close look at the passionate struggle for social equality happening today, and the robust grassroots efforts propelling the movement forward. “From Pain to Power: A REVOLT Special” will premiere on Monday, Oct. 26.
“From Pain to Power: A REVOLT Special” spotlights the fight for social justice, starting at the March on Washington and spreading to the streets of Kentucky, Atlanta, and beyond. The film features intimate interviews with some of the most well-known celebrities and activists at the forefront of the social justice battle including Tip”T.I.” Harris, Tamika Mallory, Mysonne, Ben Crump, Drumma Boy, Shabazz the OG, Dr. Frank Smith, Ms. Opal Lee, Linda Sarsour, Bridgett Floyd, Lonita Baker, Angela Williams, and Mothers of the Movement: Kadiatou Diallo, Thelma Pannell-Dantzler, Sybrina Fulton, Wanda Johnson, Maria Hamilton, Gwenn Carr, and Tamika Palmer.
“Our resilience as Black people in America after centuries of oppression is nothing short of remarkable,” says activist Tamika Mallory. “We need to continue to archive our brilliance, our power and yes, even our pain, and REVOLT TV is the platform for our full stories.”
“We are honored that REVOLT saw that this is a critical moment in African American and civil rights history, and with T.I. leading the charge, this should be shown to the world,” says Steve Raze and Mac Mills, executive producers and CEOs of AGA Agency.
“After months of mass protests in the streets demanding social justice – and now a presidential election just weeks away – it’s obvious that we’re at a historic crossroads where systemic change is not only possible, but critically necessary,” says Detavio Samuels, Chief Operating Office at REVOLT. “From Pain to Power not only documents this moment in time, but charts our next steps forward. We couldn’t be any prouder to premiere this program on REVOLT.”
Watch the trailer above.
Wearing Masks, Dance Theatre of Harlem Lifts Spirits With Video ‘Dancing Through Harlem’ (Watch)
*Despite a worldwide pandemic keeping them from the stage, the famed Dance Theatre of Harlem found a way to do what they do best anyway – uplift and inspire through movement.
For “Harlem Week” in August, which was virtual this year, the troupe released a video called “Dancing Through Harlem,” which showed the members dancing and leaping through Harlem landmarks, including the Harriet Tubman sculpture, the Apollo Theater, and the Frederick Douglass Statue in the opening credits.
The video then opens with two dancers wearing masks inside the 145th Street subway station (A/B/C/D lines) choreographed to the music of J.S. Bach’s Violin Concerto in A Minor 3rd movement. It cuts to four female dancers in front of Shepard Hall at City College of New York, then to four male dancers at Riverbank State Park, and then to the full eight dancers at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building.
Since the video was tweeted by @balletarchive on October 12th, it has received over 7.6 million views and counting.
“Dancing Through Harlem” was produced by Derek Brockington and Alexandra Hutchinson, with choreography by Robert Garland and filmed by Heather Olcott and Joe Samala.
60 Years Since Independence – OUR ROOTS Reflects on Nigeria
*Two years after independence, Muhammadu Buhari in 1962 would emerge as future leader of Nigeria, rising through the military ranks and serving eventually as military head of state of Africa’s most populous nation (201 million people) from 1983 to 1985 after taking power in a military coup. He has been a civilian president of Nigeria since 2015.
To mark sixty years of Nigeria’s independence, on 1st October, Buhari addressed the nation and here is a sentence from his address ….“It has been demonstrated time and time again that Nigerians in the diaspora frequently excel in science, technology, medicine, sports, arts and many other fields.”
Very true. Nigeria has blessed the world with awesome respectable professionals in high places since 1960.
OUR ROOTS NIGERIA gives in its third week more of stories that have shaped this great nation. It is often said that no matter where you go in this world, you will find a Nigerian or Nigerians except under the ocean. Sixty years of highs and lows….The nation remains one.
TAYO Fatunla is an award-winning Nigerian Comic Artist, Editorial Cartoonist, Writer and Illustrator. He is one of the participants of the CARTAN Virtual cartoon exhibition marking 60 years of Nigeria. He is a graduate of the prestigious Kubert School, in New Jersey, US. and recipient of the 2018 ECBACC Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award for his illustrated OUR ROOTS creation and series – Famous people in Black History – He participated in the UNESCO’s Cartooning In Africa forum held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Cartooning Global Forum in Paris, France and took part in the Afropolitan Comics virtual comics exhibition arranged by the French Institute in South Africa coinciding with its annual National Arts Festival –– www.tayofatunla.com / [email protected]
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