/  10.21.2020


On Saturday, (Oct. 24) on 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT, MACRO X HBCU Entertainment Summit, presented by Amazon Studios, will return virtually for its second installment of exciting panels that will feature a number of well-respected talents from the entertainment industry.

As you may recall, the inaugural event kicked off in 2019 at Howard University with a goal to motivate and educate college students who were interested in entering the field. This year, the festivities will be on Stay MACRO’s website and students from a number of HBCUs will be able to participate. The institutions that will be included in the event are 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.

Some of the many guest stars who’ll partake of the fun time include Kenya Barris, John David Washington (Morehouse College Alumnus), MACRO Founder and Chief Executive Officer Charles D. King, Steve Pamon (Morehouse College Alumnus), Chris Paul, Terrence J and many more with a number of them being HBCU alumni, as well.

According to a press release, “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.”

Moreover, SheaMoisture returns as a sponsor of the event. The company’s Chief Executive Officer Cara Sabin will introduce its new campaign titled “It Comes Naturally,” which “features six Black women artists in a forward-looking celebration of Black identity and storytelling.”

Take a look at a partial list of MACRO X HBCU Entertainment Summit’s activations below.

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)

Panelists:

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 gifts that are often undervalued and overlooked and turning them into a career. Manifesting your dreams by activating your unique skills, gifts 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)

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