- Ava Duvernay is a Writer, Director, Producer, and film Distributor. She’s directed several films, shows and events. Her short films “Say Yes" and "The Door" put me on to her Directing talent. Her latest project Selma has led her to a history making award nomination. Ava is the founder of AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement.
Oprah Winfrey is one of the top media moguls in the world. She’s a Host, Actress, Producer extraordinaire and the first black woman in America to reach Billionaire status. Oprah is a very influential force in media and politics. She is also producing and featured in Ava Duvernay’s Selma film. On January 1, 2011 Oprah founded her OWN TV network. pun intended.
- Trey Anthony is a Writer, Producer, and Playwright who is a titan for diversity in media. She was the first black woman to write and produce a television show on a major prime time Canadian network. Trey’s NAACP award winning playDa Kink In My Hair made it’s U.S. debut in September 2013. Trey is working on her next project When Black Mothers Say I Don’t Love You.
Andrea Lewis Actress, Writer, Producer, Creator of The Web-series Black Actress.
- Melissa Harris-Perry Writer, Host, and Political commentator. She hosts her own show and is the Author of the book, Sister Citizen.
- ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Award winning, best selling Author. A film version of her book “Let The Church Say Amen” is being directed by Actress Regina King, backed by Queen Latifah, and set for release in 2015. Along with Victoria Christopher Murray she is the co-founder of Brown Girls Publishing.
- Issa Rae is a Producer, Writer, Actress and Director who created the original comedy series “Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl”. Issa is the Founder of Color Creative an initiative for Women and Minority writers.
- Shonda Rhimes is a Writer, Producer, and Director who’s created multiple Award winning hit television shows. Shonda has pretty much dominated the ABC television network with her influence. She was named in Time magazine’s 100 people who helped shape the world.
- Pauleanna Reid is a Writer, Author, and Motivational Speaker who's built a reputable brand and media empire to inspire young girls and women. She is an influential voice on the rise around the world.
- Kasi Lemmons is an Actress and Director who’s creative work resonates across cultures. Notable for her Directing work in the film Eve’s Bayou. Her last project was Black Nativity in 2013.