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Attend the MARCO X HBCU Entertainment Summit w/ John David Washington, Chris Paul, Kenya Barris & more!

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Attend the MARCO X HBCU Entertainment Summit w/ John David Washington, Chris Paul, Kenya Barris & more!
Posted By: Reggie Culpepper on October 21, 2020

THE MACRO X HBCU ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT Presented by Amazon Studios ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL EVENT TO PREMIERE ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2020 at 10:00am EST

Kenya Barris, John David Washington, Chris Paul, Charles D. King, Steve Pamon, Terrence J and More Confirmed to Appear

LOS ANGELES, CA (Wednesday, October 21, 2020) – The MACRO X HBCU Entertainment Summit (www.StayMACRO.com), presented by Amazon Studios, will go virtual this year for its second annual showcase of panels, conversations and inspirational messages from notable talent and changemakers in the entertainment business.

The inaugural summit debuted on the campus of Howard University in 2019 with the mission to engage and educate students on the vast careers, opportunities and paths in the media and entertainment fields. This year, the summit goes global and will be available to students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the country. Students will participate from a host of venerable institutions which include Alabama A&M University, Clark Atlanta University, Florida A&M University, Grambling State University, Hampton University, Jackson State University, Morehouse College, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University, Spelman College, Tennessee State University, Texas Southern University, Tuskegee University, Xavier, University of Louisiana, Savannah State University and Howard University.

This year’s event will premiere online on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 10:00am EST on www.staymacro.com and include appearances by Kenya Barris, John David Washington (Morehouse College Alumnus) MACRO Founder & Chief Executive Officer Charles D. King, Steve Pamon (Morehouse College Alumnus), Chris Paul and Terrence J as well as a host of industry executives, experts and influencers—many that are HBCU alumni.

Additionally, one DJ from 10 different HBCUs, representing different regions and styles of music, will create their own brand-new playlists, available to stream on Amazon Music. The event is also open to the public. All attendees must register to attend at www.staymacro.com.

SheaMoisture returns as a sponsor of The MACRO X HBCU Entertainment Summit, continuing the brand’s commitment to celebrating culture, championing Black businesses and advocating for justice. SheaMoisture Chief Executive Officer Cara Sabin will appear to introduce the company’s exciting new campaign, It Comes Naturally, which features six Black women artists in a forward looking celebration of Black identity and storytelling.

Below is a partial listing of the schedule of events.

A MACRO Conversation with Kenya Barris. Moderated by Charles D. King, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, MACRO.
MACRO Founder & CEO Charles D. King (Howard University School of Law Alumni Alumnus) sits down with writer, producer, actor and showrunner Kenya Barris (Clark Atlanta University Alumnus) to discuss their journeys in this business and also provide words of inspiration and encouragement for students looking to enter the business.

About That Action. Powered by SheaMoisture.
A fireside chat with future NBA Hall of Famer, Chris Paul, on using your voice and platform to lead the charge for social justice.
Moderator: Terrence J, Actor/Influencer (North Carolina A&T University Alumnus)
Panelist:
Chris Paul, NBA Player, Oklahoma City Thunder (Winston-Salem State University Student)

When and Where I Enter: Black Women At The Seat of Power. Powered By Amazon Studios.
A roundtable of baller Black women on the business side of entertainment, discussing the strategies they used to make their voices be heard and respected in white and male dominated spaces.
Moderator: Latasha Gillespie, Executive Head, Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Amazon Studios
Panelists:
Inga Dyer, Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, MACRO (Howard University and Howard University School of Law Alumna)
Karen Toliver, Executive Vice President, Creative, Sony Pictures Animation
Niija Kuykendall, Executive Vice President, Film Production, Warner Bros. Pictures

Creators & Manifesters
A roundtable discussion about utilizing skills and **** that are often undervalued and overlooked and turning them into a career.



Manifesting your dreams by activating your unique skills, **** and interests.
Moderator: Stacey Walker King, Chief Brand Officer, MACRO
Panelists:
Jasmyn Lawson, Editorial Manager, Netflix
Mark Anthony Green, Special Projects Editor, GQ
Quinn Wilson, Creative Director, Lizzo

The Playbook: How to Actually Break Into The Industry
This panel will educate viewers on the strategies and skills you need to finally get your foot in the door. What to do, what not to do and what it takes to survive and thrive in entertainment will be discussed.
Moderator: Krystal Franklin, Senior Digital Producer (Grambling State University Alumna)
Panelists:
Ahmadou Seck, Director, Development, MACRO Television Studios
Brandon Lawrence, Agent, CAA (Morehouse Alumnus)

The Come Up
A roundtable discussion with recent HBCU grads from Wondaland, CAA and Marvel in their first or second jobs in entertainment covering what is has been like to get a job, keep a job and keep it moving before and during the pandemic.
Moderator: Maura Chanz, Influencer (Spelman College Alumna)

About MACRO
Launched in 2015 by Charles D. King, MACRO is a multi-platform media company representing the voice and perspectives of people of color. The company’s multiple business verticals include a film and television studio that develops, produces and finances theatrical features and premium television, talent and influencer management divisions, a representation firm, a branding and creative agency and an affiliated venture firm. The company’s film projects have received nine Oscar nominations. MACRO is also partnered with Warner Bros. Pictures, giving the studio a first look on all projects MACRO intends to develop or package as feature films. The studio also has the option to co-finance these projects alongside MACRO and will handle their global distribution. Visit www.staymacro.com for more information on the company.

About AMAZON STUDIOS
Amazon Studios is the home for talent, creating and producing original films and television series for a global audience. Original series all premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, which is available in over 240 countries and territories. Recent hit Amazon Original series include the Emmy Award-winning comedies Fleabag, created by and starring Emmy Award-winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel from Emmy Award-winners Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, as well as the action thriller drama Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan starring John Krasinski, the irreverent superhero series The Boys, Upload from Greg Daniels, Jordan Peele’s Hunters starring Al Pacino and Logan Lerman; and fantasy drama Carnival Row starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne; Amazon Originals also include culturally relevant and buzzed about content such as Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty music and fashion event, Donald Glover’s Guava Island and Chasing Happiness, a documentary about pop superstars the Jonas Brothers.

In film, Amazon Studios produces and acquires original movies for theatrical release and exclusively for Amazon Prime Video. In 2017, Amazon Studios became the first streaming service to win Oscars for Manchester by the Sea and The Salesman. Amazon Studios’ recent releases include Troop Zero starring Viola Davis, Alison Janney, and Jim Gaffigan; Tom Harper’s The Aeronauts starring Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne; Scott Z. Burns’ The Report starring Adam Driver and Annette Bening; Honey Boy from director Alma Har’el based on a script written by Shia LaBeouf; Benedict Andrews’ Seberg starring Kristen Stewart; and the Academy Award nominated Les Misérables from director Ladj Ly.

About SHEAMOISTURE
SheaMoisture is committed to serving those who have been underserved. Shea butter is one of the brand’s core ingredients, praised for its hydrating and nourishing properties. As part of their Community Commerce business model, SheaMoisture partners with women-led co-ops in Northern Ghana to source their namesake shea butter. With the core belief that commerce can bring true economic independence and empower women to break cycles of poverty, the brand further reinvests into both the co-ops and the communities it serves throughout the U.S. SheaMoisture continues to create economic opportunities for women and other minority entrepreneurs in its ecosystem with engaging events, investment funds and educational programs. SheaMoisture is a global beauty leader in the hair care, bath, body, skin care, baby and men’s categories, and is distributed in retailers throughout the world. SheaMoisture is a subsidiary of Unilever.
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