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* Los Angeles – An enthusiastic crowd spent a recent Saturday, June 4, attending the annual Arts, Culture and Entertainment (ACE) Festival, powered by the NAACP to celebrate the power and impact of the arts from a of African American perspective.

The festival featured interactive and engaging conversations with some of the industry’s most influential professionals and companies spanning topics from TV, film, streaming and music highlighting pathways to fairness and justice. inclusion in entertainment.

The festival kicked off with a closed-door conversation about Black Hollywood with NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson as he discussed the most pressing issues facing Black America and the role that entertainment media can play to solve them. The conversation, hosted by comedian Amanda Seales, took place in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Ovation Hollywood in Los Angeles, California.

The Pathways to Inclusion Information and Career Fair was comprised of several organizations and individuals who facilitate career development programs and resources by providing resources on how their organizations are helping to break down barriers to entry into the entertainment industry.

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Kyle Bowser, Senior Vice President, NAACP Hollywood Office: Photo by Ricky Richardson
Kyle Bowser, Senior Vice President, NAACP Hollywood Bureau: photo credit, Ricky Richardson

Attendees were welcomed by attentive, engaging and knowledgeable staff at the various booths. Michael Knapp-Vote Arts and Music, Imara Jones for Streetlights PA’s, Rashid Jones and Tyler Watson- Tech Leimert, Raven Stewart, Christine Morrison and Amber Clemons-Warner Bros Discovery, Ula Mayres-Directors Guild Producer Training Plan/Assistant Directors Training Program, Mahab Abou-Elalla, Carmey Taborn and Rikarlo Hamp-Handy Foundation.

Do you know anyone who would benefit from the information mentioned above, do not hesitate to contact the various organizations for more information?

The live option at the Ray Dolby Ballroom consisted of masterclasses and other industry talks with directors, writers and producers. For the first time, they will delve into the importance of content creation as the industry continues to evolve and explore other paths to success.

Michael Knapp: Photo by Ricky Richardson
Michael Knapp: photo credit, Ricky Richardson

Imara Jones: Photo by Ricky Richardson
Imara Jones: Photo credit, Ricky Richardson

Rashidi Jones and Tyler Watson: photo credit, Ricky Richardson
Rashidi Jones and Tyler Watson: photo credit, Ricky Richardson

Raven Stewart, Christine Morrison and Amber Clemons: photo credit, Ricky Richardson
Raven Stewart, Christine Morrison and Amber Clemons: photo credit, Ricky Richardson

Ula Mayres: Photo credit, Ricky Richardson
Ula Mayres: Photo credit, Ricky Richardson

Mohab Abou Elalla, Cormey Taborn and Rikarlo Hamp: photo credit, Ricky Richardson
Mohab Abou Elalla, Cormey Taborn and Rikarlo Hamp: photo credit, Ricky Richardson

Three wonderful presentations took place on Saturday, June 4 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom.
A Master Class: How to Produce in Television and Film, Moderator: Salena Rochester, Panelist D’Angela Proctor. This panel explored the strategies a producer can use to be successful.
A Master Class: The Art of Storytelling and Selling Stories – Moderator: JaSheika and JaNeika James, panelist Jamila Hunter. The process of selling stories that is both artistic and strategic can be both exhilarating and demoralizing.

Jamila Hunter, JaSheika and JaNeika James: photo credit, Ricky Richardson
Jamila Hunter, JaSheika and JaNeika James: photo credit, Ricky Richardson

A Masterclass: A Director’s Vision – Moderator: Abdul Malik Abbott, Panelist Anya Adams. In the world of cinema, the ultimate creative authority rests with the director, the creative chops necessary to imagine and deliver a remarkable production have been shared with the public.

Abdul Malik Abbott and Anaya Adams: photo credit, Ricky Richardson

The Importance of Content Creation – Moderator: Josh Buzzy Baker and panelist Khleo Thomas looked at the creator journey and the importance of color creators.

Josh Baker and Khleo Thomas: photo credit, Ricky Richardson
Josh Baker and Khleo Thomas: photo credit, Ricky Richardson

Khleo Thomas: Photo credit, Ricky Richardson
Khleo Thomas: Photo credit, Ricky Richardson

You Look Familiar: An Inside Look at the Journey of a Working Actor – Moderator, Abdul Malik Abbott, panelists, Elvis Nolasco, Sherri Saum and Vanessa Estelle Williams. The panelist shared that the key for working actors is to be inventive and adaptable.

Elvis Nolasco, Sherri Saum and Vanessa Estelle Williams: photo credit, Ricky Richardson
Elvis Nolasco, Sherri Saum and Vanessa Estelle Williams: photo credit, Ricky Richardson

The virtual experience included sessions to facilitate career development through masterclasses, resources, discussions and exposure to resources allowing attendees to gain insight into industry professionals from across the country.

Friday’s segment was virtual. Topics included editing at your fingertips: Premiere Pro for social media; The importance of black television programming; Good Reading – Clips and Conversation; Behind the scenes at Producer’s Editions: a look at Film Independent’s Artist Development Program; The importance of international cinema; and Careers in Animation – the best kept secret.

An industry mixer immediately followed the activities on Saturday. Participants were able to network with other current and future members of the industry.

Please feel free to share this information with your network who is seeking a career in the entertainment industry or looking to explore or expand their options within the industry.

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