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Ford Returns as Presenting Sponsor of 11th Annual Hollywood Bureau Symposium During 46th NAACP Image Awards Week

* 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.

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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


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.


Celebrities confirmed:

  • Eltony Williams  – If Loving You Is Wrong
  • Sean Riggs -Call Me King
  • Marco Martinez – Harry’s Law
  • Marcello Thedford- The Game
  • 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
  • Chrisette Michele, R&B Divas LA





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