Pop Culture and Race: A moderated conversation about race education through television, film, and music, will ask participants to consider the fact that most of America's youth receive race education solely through popular culture, and ask them to discuss the race "education" that our children are receiving via popular culture, as well as the ramifications.
Date: Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30pm
Co-Host of Entertainment Tonight
Kevin Frazier is the Co-Host of Entertainment Tonight, and during his tenure with ET, Frazier has covered many high-profile entertainment stories and historical events, including President Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington, D.C., the death of Michael Jackson and the Tiger Woods scandal. Notably, Frazier was one of the first journalists to speak to Joe Jackson after Michael's sudden death. Frazier also interviewed then-Senator Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign, and Clinton later went on to name this interview as her top TV moment in TV Guide Magazine. Additionally, Frazier secured exclusive interviews with many A-list stars, including Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Tyler Perry and the cast of "Twilight."
Frazier has also appeared as an entertainment expert on such prestigious news and entertainment programs as "The Oprah Winfrey Show," CNN's "Larry King Live" and "Nancy Grace," as well as HLN's "The Joy Behar Show" and CBS's "The Early Show." Frazier was profiled in "The Robb Reader" column in the March 2011 issue of "The Robb Report."
Senior Vice President of Development & Production at MACRO
Poppy Hanks is Senior Vice President of Development & Production at MACRO and manages the company's multiple film and television projects. Most recently, Hanks was co-executive producer of the Oscar-nominated Fences, directed by and starring Denzel Washington along with Viola Davis, who won an Academy Award for her role in the film. She is also executive producer of the highly anticipated film Mudbound, directed by Dee Rees, that opened to high critical acclaim at Sundance 2017 and will be released wide later this year.
Hudlin Entertainment: Director, Writer, Producer, Executive
Reginald Hudlin is unique in the entertainment business because of his success as a writer, producer, director and executive. To quote cultural critic Jimi Israel, "Hudlin is a modern-day Gordon Parks, a true monster in the game who totally re-did the blueprint: what some people used to call a renaissance man. I dig him because he made me think outside of the box. Hudlin writes and directs movies, pens a comic book, and he was running BET. That's multi-tasking for your ass".
Hudlin is a pioneer of the modern black film movement, creating movies like HOUSE PARTY, BOOMERANG and BEBE'S KIDS, which are some of the most profitable and influential films of his generation. He is the executive producer of the BLACK PANTHER animated series starring Djimon Hounsou, Kerry Washington and Alfre Woodard, and was executive producer of THE BOONDOCKS. Hudlin also directed the pilot of the hit series EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS and was a producer and director of THE BERNIE MAC SHOW.
During his more than three year tenure as the first President of Entertainment for Black Entertainment Television, Hudlin created some of the most successful shows in the history of the network. Those hits include the award-winning KEYSHIA COLE: THE WAY IT IS; AMERICAN GANGSTER and SOMEBODIES, the network's first scripted series, which was called one of the five best new shows of the 2008 fall season by USA TODAY and the LOS ANGELES TIMES.
Under Hudlin's stewardship, BET had its first ever telethon, which supported Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. He created the BET HIP HOP AWARDS and the BET HONORS; two successful network franchises. He created a profitable home entertainment division for the network and completely rebuilt the news division, which went on to win 13 awards in two years.
Hudlin sits on the boards of the Black Filmmaker Foundation; the UCLA Film, Television and Theatre Department; and the Hollywood Television and Radio Society. He is a member of the Motion Picture Academy; the DGA; WGA and SAG.
Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at BET Networks
Kay M. Madati is Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB) and the leading provider of entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture globally. He leads the teams responsible for all aspects of digital, social and mobile strategy and oversees operations, content creation, technology, and product development across the suite of BET Network's digital platforms.
Prior to joining BET Networks, Mr. Madati was the Head of Entertainment & Media at Facebook, Inc., charged with the growth and monetization of Facebook's Entertainment & Media business, and ultimately responsible for positioning Facebook as a critical and foundational element of the digital and marketing matrix for all entertainment content publishers and distributors.
Musician, Producer & Activist
Incendiary rock guitarist and acoustic troubadour Tom Morello, known for his innovative guitar solos and thunderous chords, is a groundbreaking artist whether in his solo career or as an original member of the rock bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, two acts responsible for multiple Grammy Awards and a combined 30 million albums sold worldwide. He's released three solo albums as The Nightwatchman and formed the band Street Sweeper Social Club with Boots Riley of The Coup in 2009. Morello has also been recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the "100 Greatest Guitar Players of All-Time (#26)."
P. Frank Williams
Founder & President of Prophet From It Ent
Williams was one of four director/producers chosen for Tv One's "Change Agents" 2016 short film Black History Month campaign. He was a Supervising Producer for Tv One's Celebrity Crime Files and produced BET's award winning series "American Gangster." He has also produced films like the Paramount Pictures released "Wu: The Story of the Wu- Tang Clan" and the Universal/ Def Jam Records film "A Hustler's Ambition," a documentary about the life of multi-platinum rap star Young Jeezy that aired on MTV2. The film was directed by Chris Robinson ("ATL") and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.
Williams worked as a Coordinating Producer for BET's hit gospel music series "Sunday Best." In 2004 he was as a development consultant for VH1 Networks. His other TV writing/producing credits include the NAACP Image Awards on NBC, BET Honors, BET Hip Hop Awards, BET Awards, 2009 NAACP Image Awards on FOX and the 2005 Hip Hop Honors on VH1. He was a writer/producer for NBC's Emmy winning team for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Williams was formerly Executive Editor of The Source Magazine. And in the mid 1990's, he was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times. While at the paper he interviewed Bono, P. Diddy, ex-LA mayor Richard Riordan and others.
Williams received a fellowship at the "Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University and the "Zora Neale Hurston Richard Wright Writing Workshop" at Howard University. He is the founder & president of Prophet From It Ent, which produces inspirational TV, film, mobile and web content. The company produces content for clients like BET, Tv One, Fox, Walmart and many more. www.prophetfromit.co