Jussie Smollett may seem to have just burst on the scene. From most recently co-starring as Sergeant Ricks in Ridley Scott’s number one box office hit, Alien: Covenant; to his cameo as legendary poet and childhood hero, Langston Hughes, in Reginald Hudlin’s Marshall with Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad and Kate Hudson; And most notably, starring as Jamal Lyon, the tortured pop star son of Lucious and Cookie, played by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson on FOX’s award winning hit, Empire. A role earned Jussie the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. The show which is entering its fifth season, has become a phenomenon, shattering records and allowing the singer/songwriter to blend his skills. In 2018 he released a debut album independently titled, Sum of My Music. Smollett is fresh off his Sold Out international and domestic Sum Of My Music World Tour, culminating at Essence Fest in New Orleans.
What some fail to realize, is Jussie Smollett has co-starred in some of the most memorable projects of the last generation. From films like The Mighty Ducks, and Rob Reiner’s North, to playing the son of Halle Berry and Danny Glover in Alex Haley’s Queen to starring opposite his five real-life siblings in the ABC/TGIF sitcom On Our Own… Smollett is no newby.
He stunned audiences with his portrayal of Josey, a runaway slave, desperate to find his wife, in WGN’s Underground. He’s also had guest stints on Revenge and The Mindy Project. In 2012, Smollett received rave reviews for his portrayal of, Magnus, a medical student hosting his college friends for an eye-opening weekend in New York City in the cult favorite, The Skinny.
2016 was a great year on the music front. The Empire soundtrack, for which Smollett, was both a writer and vocalist, went to number one on the Billboard charts, was nominated for a Grammy, Emmy and an American Music Award. The quadruple threat who Ebony Magazine has dubbed “…a quiet storm” received awards for Outstanding New Artist, Outstanding Collaboration with Estelle for “Conqueror”, and Outstanding Song for “You’re So Beautiful” which he co-wrote at the 2016 NAACP Image Awards. He has been chosen to perform at the Kennedy Center, induct the great Marvin Gaye into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, sing for President and Mrs. Obama and open three sold out dates for the iconic Mariah Carey in Hawaii.
Most importantly, Jussie Smollett is actively involved in numerous charities and community organizations. Recently being praised for his directorial debut. The visual for his song F.U.W., a bold, unapologetic, commentary of the world we currently live in. In 2015 the Black AIDS Institute honored Jussie, with their “Heroes in the Struggle” award for truly making a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Smollett now sits on the board of the Black AIDS Institute, Sankofa.org, The Trayvon Martin Foundation, and the RuJohn Foundation, which supplies clothes, school materials and scholarships to children in Jamaica and the U.S. In 2016 he received the prestigious NAACP Chairman’s Award and in 2017 was honored by the AFL/CIO for his activism and using his platform to bring attention to civil rights and social justice causes. In 2018 he was honored as the Gentleman of the Year.
Tyler Perry’s inspirational journey from the hard streets of New Orleans to the heights of Hollywood’s A-list is the stuff of American legend. Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Perry fought from a young age to find the strength, faith and perseverance that would later form the foundations of his much-acclaimed plays, films, books and shows. It was a simple piece of advice from Oprah Winfrey that set Perry’s career in motion. Encouraged to keep a diary of his daily thoughts and experiences, he began writing a series of soul-searching letters to himself. The letters, full of pain and in time, forgiveness, became a healing catharsis. His writing inspired a musical, I Know I’ve Been Changed, and in 1992, Perry gathered his life’s savings in hopes of staging it for sold out crowds. He spent all the money but the people never came, and Perry once again came face to face with the poverty that had plagued his youth. He spent months sleeping in seedy motels and his car but his faith – in God and, in turn, himself – only got stronger. He forged a powerful relationship with the church, and kept writing. In 1998 his perseverance paid off and a promoter booked I Know I’ve Been Changed for a limited run at a local church-turned-theatre. This time, the community came out in droves, and soon the musical moved to Atlanta’s prestigious Fox Theatre. Tyler Perry never looked back. And so began an incredible run of 13 plays in as many years, including Woman Thou Art Loosed!, a celebrated collaboration with the prominent Dallas pastor T.D. Jakes. In the year 2000, I Can Do Bad All By Myself marked the first appearance of the now-legendary Madea. The God-fearing, gun-toting, pot-smoking, loud-mouthed grandmother, Madea, was played by Perry himself. Madea was such a resounding success, she soon spawned a series of plays – Madea’s Family Reunion (2002), Madea’s Class Reunion (2003), Madea Goes To Jail (2005) – and set the stage for Perry’s jump to the big screen. In 2015 Perry returned to the stage, performing his new original play, Madea on the Run, to sold out audiences across the United States. In early 2005, Perry’s first feature film, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, debuted at number one nationwide. His ensuing films, Madea’s Family Reunion, Daddy’s Little Girls, Why Did I Get Married?, Meet The Browns, The Family That Preys, I Can Do Bad All by Myself, Why Did I Get Married Too?, For Colored Girls, Madea’s Big, Happy Family, Good Deeds and Madea’s Witness Protection have all been met with massive commercial success, delighting audiences across America and around the world. He also starred in the Rob Cohen directed Alex Cross and helped release Academy Award-nominated Precious, a movie based on the novel Push by Sapphire, in conjunction with his 34th Street Films banner, Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films and Lionsgate. 2006 saw the publication of Perry’s first book, Don’t Make A Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries On Life And Love, which shot to the top of the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list and remained there for eight weeks. It went on to claim Quill Book Awards for both “Humor” and “Book of the Year” (an unheard-of feat for a first-time author), and spread Tyler Perry’s unique brand of inspirational entertainment to a devoted new audience. It is a brand that quickly became an empire. In 2007, Perry expanded his reach to television with the TBS series House of
Payne, the highest-rated first-run syndicated cable show of all time, which went into syndication after only a year. His follow up effort, Meet the Browns, was the second highest debut ever on cable – after House of Payne. In late 2012, Perry teamed up with Oprah Winfrey in an exclusive deal to bring scripted programming to her cable network, OWN, and launched with the half hour sitcom, Love Thy Neighbor, and the hour-long drama, The Haves and The Have Nots, which made its debut in 2013 and has continued to break ratings on the network. This past summer, Perry debuted a new drama series called Too Close to Home on TLC, the network’s first scripted series. OWN recently premiered a House of Payne spinoff series, The Paynes, on the network in 2018. It was announced in July 2017 that Perry signed a multi-year content partnership with Viacom, in which he will produce original drama and comedy series across the Viacom networks, in addition to having a first-look feature film deal with Paramount Pictures group.
In the fall of 2008, Perry opened his 200,000 square foot Studio in Atlanta, situated on the former Delta Airlines campus in the Greenbriar area of southwest Atlanta. During the course of its operation, the space was home to production of over 15 films and over 800 episodes of Perry’s five television series. In 2015, TPS announced plans to expand operations with the acquisition of Fort McPherson, which sits on over 330 acres. Perry and the studio’s Atlanta-based employees will remain in production of Perry’s five current television series, in addition to major feature films and television shows filming in Atlanta. Production is already underway at the new studio, which will contain twelve soundstages ranging in size between 10,000 and 60,000 square feet. Not one to rest on success, Tyler Perry and his Atlanta-based employees have been hard at work. His films include Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, released in March 2013 and his 34th Street Films banner, Peeples, released in May 2013. In late 2013, Perry starred in A Madea Christmas, adapted from his stage play by the same name. In 2014 he was seen in 34th Street Film’s production that he also directed, Single Mom’s Club. A show for OWN entitled If Loving You Is Wrong, based on the film, premiered in 2014. That year, Perry also garnered rave reviews for his role opposite Ben Affleck in David Fincher’s critically acclaimed box office hit, Gone Girl. He was also seen on the big screen in 2016 for Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of The Shadows as the villain “Baxter Stockman.”
In 2016, Perry reprised the role of “Madea” in Lionsgate’s smash-hit Boo! A Madea Halloween, which spent two weeks at number one on the US box office. The sequel to the film was released in October 2017 and took top spot at the box office on opening weekend. Never one to rest, in 2018 Perry also released Acrimony starring Taraji P. Henson with Lionsgate, and Nobody’s Fool starring Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, and Whoopi Goldberg with Paramount. On the silver screen, Perry can currently be seen on Adam McKay’s Golden Globe-nominated film, VICE, about Dick Cheney, where he portrays “Colin Powell”. Next up, Perry is set to release his newest movie with Lionsgate, A Madea Family Funeral, which will bring his popular character back to the big screen for her final moment. The movie is hitting screens in March 2019.
But listen to Tyler Perry and you’ll hear a man who hasn’t forgotten about the people that have helped him reach the top of a mountain he could once only dream of climbing. He has been intimately involved
and donated generously to civil rights causes through work with the NAACP and NAN. He also strongly supports charities that focus on helping the homeless, such as Global Medical Relief Fund, Charity Water, Feeding America, Covenant House, Hosea Feed the Hungry, Project Adventure, and Perry Place – a 20-home community that Perry built for survivors of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. In January 2010, Perry pledged $1,000,000 via The Tyler Perry Foundation to help rebuild the lives of those affected by the earthquakes in Haiti. Tyler Perry practices what he preaches, and what he preaches has endeared him to millions of fans drawn by that unique blend of spiritual hope and down-home humor that continues to shape his inspiring life story and extraordinary body of work.
Six-time Emmy award winning journalist Pamela Silva Conde is co-anchor of the Univision Network’s weekday newsmagazine “Primer Impacto” (First Impact), one of the highest-rated programs in the United States. Since she joined the show in 2011, she has covered major national and international news stories; including every angle of the terrorist attack at the Boston marathon, live from Boston, as well as Pope Francis’s visits to the United States and Mexico. Among her many awards and honors, in 2018 Silva Conde was named by the Latin GRAMMY organization to the “Leading Ladies” roster of women who have made significant contributions to the entertainment industry. She has been a panelist on ABC’s “The View” and was recognized by “People en Español” as one of the 25 most powerful Hispanic women in the U.S., and earlier was included in their “50 Más Bellos” (“50 Most Beautiful”) edition.
In 2013 she established the “Pamela Silva Conde Scholarship” benefitting first-generation, low-income college students. She is a member of the board of directors of Amigos for Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect, and is a national volunteer and spokesperson for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She was also chosen to be part of the inaugural class of the “Women Leadership Council” at Univision, where she now spearheads the speaker series.
Silva Conde graduated with honors from Florida International University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and subsequently went on to acquire a graduate certificate in Bilingual Communications from St. Thomas University. In 2012 she received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Florida International University.
Pamela is 37 years of age, born in Lima, Peru.
Lexi, the gifted and beautiful singer, actress and comedian, is well-known as an innovator of online urban and church humor. Her YouTube channel has become a go-to site for comedy content with more than 37 million views life-to-date.
With the release of Just Listen, her debut album on Motown Gospel, Lexi made a long-awaited return to her first love—singing. Thecritically acclaimed album, featuring vocal production by Eric Dawkins (Justin Bieber,Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Mary J Blige), highlighted Lexi’s powerfulvocals and signature tone.
Her latest single immediately impacted radio, debuting in the #1 Most Added slot on both the Mediabase Urban AC and BDS AdultR&B charts
First-Ever Event Presented By NATPE In Association With The NAACP And The NHFA
“Living the Dream: A Career in Content” Featuring Esai Morales, Gloria Calderon Kellett, Benjamin Lobato and more in Miami on January 21, 2019
LOS ANGELES, CA (October 9, 2018) – NATPE, the National Association of Television Program Executives, will present the first ever “Living the Dream: A Career in Content” event in partnership with the NAACP, (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and the NHFA (National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts). The event will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 21, 2019, one day before NATPE Miami 2019 commences, at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach Florida.
The special event is designed to assist students, young professionals and others with a desire to enter the entertainment and media industries to learn more about how their dreams can become a reality. Both the NHFA and the NAACP are committed to raising awareness of diversity and inclusion in front and behind the camera as well as in all creative content with the overall mission to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. The organizations both have programs to inspire today’s youth and are committed to furthering awareness of multi-cultural content, diversity in media, and inspiring youth to follow their dreams.
World-renowned producer, director, actor and screenwriter Tyler Perry, will deliver the Keynote Address. Mr. Perry is an outstanding example of an individual who began his career with very little and through extraordinary talent and dedication has risen to the top of the industry in all areas of his multi-talented skills. Mr. Perry’s remarks will be followed by a panel headlined by CSI: Los Angeles’ Esai Morales, showrunner for USA’s “Queen of the South”, Benjamin Lobato and Netflix’ “One Day at a Time” showrunner Gloria Calderon Kellett, as well as other leading talent, executives, producers and writers who have imbedded storylines of diversity in their works. The final portion of the day’s presentations will be followed by a “Celebration of Creativity”, in which three pre-selected students will present story ideas dealing with diversity live onstage to a panel of industry-leading development executives. The three budding young filmmakers will be selected from the NAACP’s Hollywood Bureau film education program, which searches the country for talented young people in a variety of disciplines, and the NHFA’s whose PitchDC and PitchNY programs showcase authentic and original content ideas from NHFA student scholars, alumni and associates.
“This will be a very special day. A day to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and to inspire and empower young people as they begin a career in entertainment and media. We are honored to be presenting this event, headlined by Tyler Perry, and in association with two of the most respected organizations in America,” said JP Bommel, President and CEO, NATPE. “I know that those that will attend will be enriched with greater knowledge about the opportunities that lie before them.”
“Martin Luther King, like Cesar Chavez, spent their lives working to become the change they asked us all to become in our beloved country,” said Felix Sanchez, NHFA Chairman and Co-founder, “during these trying times, we look to storytellers to reveal the true narrative of our nation. We applaud NATPE for its leadership to advance these principles.”
“Joining forces with NATPE on Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday is right in line with the efforts we put forth to bring diversity to the forefront of everyone’s minds, especially in the world of entertainment,” said Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP. “We are honored to bring students together to hear from one of the greatest creative and business minds of our generation in Tyler Perry, and are excited to reveal the rest of the programming, which will feature top talent and executives from television, as we draw closer to the event.”
All proceeds from the event will go to the NATPE Educational Foundation to support educational initiatives. NATPE will invite students from Miami-area universities and high schools who are interested in getting into the entertainment/media business to the event. Industry execs attending NATPE will also be in attendance to network and engage with students. The NATPE Educational Foundation and its programs are focused on creating new professional opportunities for young professionals looking to pursue a career in Hollywood.
Celebrating over 55 years of service to the ever-evolving global television industry, NATPE continues to redefine itself and the services it provides to meet the needs of its members and the industry. What has remained constant is NATPE’s commitment to encouraging the growth and supporting the success of video content development, creations, production, financing, and distribution across all platforms. For more information, please visit www.natpe.com.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas here.
About the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA)
Founded by actors Jimmy Smits, Esai Morales, Sonia Braga, Merel Julia, and Washington D.C. attorney Felix Sanchez, the NHFA addresses the underrepresentation of Latinos in entertainment through education initiatives, audience and industry outreach, content and talent development, diversity and civil rights advocacy.
In keeping with their dedication to education and the arts, in their 21 year span the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts has provided over $10 million in mentoring and outreach, including college scholarships to more than 400 Latino Students from nine elite universities and colleges. Such beneficiaries include young and emerging talent such as NYU’s award-winning director Alfonzo Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, 2015), and Yale’s Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, whose writing credits include television shows Glee, Big Love, Looking, as well as films Carrie (2013), The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) and Spider-man on Broadway, NYU’s Rashaad Ernesto Green, Gun Hill Road (2011) and Reinaldo Marcus Green, Stop (2015), Sundance Institute Grant recipient (2017) and Monsters and Men (2018), and Benjamin Daniel Lobato, supervising writer, USA Network’s Queen of the South (2018).
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All proceeds will benefit the NATPE Educational Foundation in order to teach students and young professionals the best ways to pursue a career in content.
Complimentary Ticketing sponsored by Discovery.
This event was hosted by Pamela Silva Conde, co-anchor of the Univision Network’s weekday newsmagazine “Primer Impacto.”
Tyler Perry kicked-off the event with a keynote address.
Actor/Producer Esai Morales led a Producing/Creating In Hollywood panel.
Jussie Smollett from EMPIRE was a panelist in a Producing/Creating In Hollywood panel.
The close of the event featured a performance by Lexi who released the album Just Listen through Motown Gospel.
Monday, January 21, 2019
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
For The First Time Ever…
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TELEVISION PROGRAM EXECUTIVES (NATPE) and NATPE’s Educational Foundation Team partnered with the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE (NAACP) and NATIONAL HISPANIC FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS (NHFA) to present a very special event designed to spotlight diversity awareness in entertainment.
Welcoming Remarks and Introduction of Host: Pamela Silva Conde
Keynote Address with TYLER PERRY: A Career In Hollywood Today
Panel Session: Living the Dream: Producing and Creating in Hollywood
A panel conversation with the industry’s top talent, producers, writers and executives to discuss ways diversity becomes an integral part of the story
Nischelle Turner – Host, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT
Esai Morales – Actor/Producer and Founder, NHFA
Benjamin Daniel Lobato – Co-showrunner, QUEEN OF THE SOUTH
D’Angela Proctor – SVP, Production & Business Development, CODEBLACK FILMS
Cris Abrego – Chairman, Endemol Shine Americas and CEO, ESNA
Jussie Smollett – Actor, EMPIRE
Showcase Event: A Celebration of Creativity
NAACP has selected three (3) projects from its various youth organizations to conduct a “live” showcase/feedback session with leading industry executives
Eric Deggans – TV Critic, NPR and Chair, Board of Jurors, George Foster Peabody Awards
Sultan Ali – Brooklyn College
Obiageli Odimegwu – USC Film School
Nadia Gonzales – University of Texas, San Antonio
Nicole Bernard – formerly EVP, FOX Audience Strategy
Gloria Calderon Kellett – Showrunner, ONE DAY AT A TIME, Netflix
Chris Mack – SVP, Head of Scripted Development, Stage 13/WB Digital Networks
Romina Rosado – SVP, Digital, NBCU Telemundo Enterprises
Musical Performance: Lexi, Artist from Motown Gospel
NATPE worked closely with the NAACP’s Hollywood bureau and the NHFA, local universities and other diversity focused youth organizations, to create an auditorium filled to capacity with today’s aspiring content creators.
This opportunity educated and inspired the next generation of content creators, giving them access and in-person experience with leaders in the entertainment community.
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