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August 25, 2020 at 1:00 PM
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In honor of Women’s Equality Day 2020, we will celebrate by hosting two all women panels entitled: “Power Moves: Women in Entertainment” as part of our 2020 Virtual Entertainment Series. Each panel will be live on Zoom and Facebook @ 1 PM.  Panel 2 is scheduled for Tuesday, August 25. Stay updated right here for the actual line up of speakers.  We promise you will not be disappointed.

Webinar: Power Moves: Women In Entertainment
August 11, 2020 at 1:00 PM
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This Virtual Entertainment Panel is designed to honor Women’s Equality Day 2020, we will celebrate by hosting two all women panels entitled: “Power Moves: Women in Entertainment” as part of our 2020 Virtual Entertainment Series. Each panel will be live on Zoom and Facebook @ 1 PM. Panel 1 is scheduled for Tuesday, August 11:

 Kenya Brock                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Director of Digital Operations and Marketing
Katz Network (A Division of The E.W. Scripps Company)

Kenya Brock is the Director of Digital Operations and Marketing for Katz Networks, a division of The E.W. Scripps Company. In this role, Brock is responsible for showcasing the best in class consumer experience as well as developing and executing digital marketing strategies for all Katz Networks websites, apps, and platforms, which include Bounce, Brown Sugar, Court TV, Court TV Mystery, Laff, Grit, and The List. Brock is a multi-platform B2B/B2C marketing, partnership, media, and e-commerce professional with over 15 years of experience leading teams that promote high-quality, revenue-generating content and brands for the media and entertainment industry.

Prior to her current role, Brock solely focused on Brown Sugar as the Director of Marketing. She also worked as a Senior Account Supervisor at POSSIBLE in Cincinnati, OH, and subsequently as the Director of Partner Development for WCPO-TV Digital/EW. Scripps.  Previously, Brock spent 10 years with WarnerMedia (formerly Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.) in Atlanta, GA. She began as a marketing assistant for Turner Network Television (TNT) and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and was promoted to roles of increasing responsibility. She rounded out her stint at WarnerMedia as Senior Manager of Partnerships. She was responsible for developing and implementing strategic promotional partnerships with leading brands that increased sampling, reach, and awareness for the Turner networks.

Brock has a Bachelor of Science degree in Film and Television from Boston University. She currently serves on the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Southeast Chapter board as Sr. Director of Marketing and Communications. She is also on the Alumni Board of Visitors at The Seven Hills School (Cincinnati, OH) as a writing, resume, and career coach for The Posse Foundation and is a Marketing Committee Member for The Children’s Museum of Atlanta..

Nevaine Rhodes                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Author, Actress, Speaker                                                                                                                                                                                                                Drama Therapy Specialist 

Nevaina is as unique and gifted as her name, Nevaina (Nih-von-yah) has empowered thousands of women and youth nationally and internationally.  This graduate from UNC at Chapel Hill has more than 15 years of experience as a drama therapy specialist and twelve years with The Academy Theatre, the region’s forerunner in educational theater. Nevaina worked with and performed for students grades K-12, serving more than a half a million young people during her time with The Academy.  She served as a Communications Specialist with the Emory School of Law Training Program for four years and has worked with the NFLPA for the past three years as a featured presenter. Nevaina has recently been featured in many national ad campaigns, movies, and television shows such as Greenleaf, Black Lightning, and The Oval.

Nevaina is also a published author. It was her role as the award-winning lady in Green in the stage play “For Colored Girls…” directed by Jasmine Guy that inspired her to write the women’s wellness workbook, The Color of Inspiration and the soul-stirring memoir “Conversations with Colored Girls” in which she tells of her play experience with Jasmine, Nicole Ari Parker, and Robin Givens.  With a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Nevaina has magnetic eloquence and charisma. She is called to be a STAR…Speak Teach Act Reach many through the art of drama.

As an actor, she has been seen in films, commercials, TV, and theater. As a Drama Coach and dynamic acting coach but also a highly effective life coach, her skills have been seen on The Braxtons, Mom-prenuers, and more. Some of her acting students have been seen in projects like David Makes Man, The Quad, Just Mercy, Legacies, and many more.  Whether in front of the camera herself or coaching talent to be camera-ready, Nevaina adds unique value and is a proven project asset.

Monica Brown                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Global Vice-President Product Development, Senior Technology Executive                                                                                                                        Tucows, Inc. 

Monica began her technology career over 20 years ago after a brief career in broadcast journalism. As a journalist, she worked in college radio at South Carolina State University, as a receptionist/writing assistant at Upscale Magazine, and an audio specialist for The 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.  Shortly after starting her IT career, she became extremely interested in project management and focused on growing her leadership skills in that area. Within a year, she began working for a major telecommunications company and was quickly promoted for her excellent work delivering quality technology solutions.

In January 2019, Monica joined SiriusXM + Pandora Vice President of Digital Product Development. She was responsible for setting the strategy for initiatives supporting the Pandora Music App development and user experience. She recently joined Tucows, Inc. based in Toronto, Canada. Tucows is the second-largest web domain registrar in the world and also provides Wireless and Internet/TV service in the US. Monica earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional English and Broadcast Journalism from South Carolina State University and subsequently completed her Master of Business Administration degree from the Michael
J. Coles School of Business at Kennesaw State University. She has also completed project management classes with Villanova University, SixSigma Greenbelt Certification, received the Project Management Professional Certification, and completed Agile Methodology training.

Monica has received multiple awards for her contributions to the IT Industry. In 2016, she received The Women of Color STEM Special Recognition Award and was featured in the 2017 Edition of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta publication. Monica has also served as a mentor for multiple organizations and was hand-selected as the Board of Directors Chairperson for The Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center’s non-profit board in Decatur, GA. She is also the founder and CEO of The Marcell Williams Entertainment Agency, where she manages talent and projects related to television, film, music, and social media.

Webinar:  Entertainment Talk Back
July 14, 2020 at 1:00 PM

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This Virtual Entertainment Panel is designed to provide a perspective to attendees on how Creatives can sustain themselves during this COVID-19 pandemic:

Kendall Minter, ESQ.                                                                                                                                                                                                         Founder, Minter & Associates, L.L.C.
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Blk. Ent. & Sports Lawyers Association

Kendall A. Minter, a native of New York and graduate and Senior Class President of Flushing High School began his professional path at Cornell University where he participated in the six year combined arts/law program, graduating with a B.A., majoring in Political Science in 1974, and with a J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1976.  Upon his graduation from Cornell Law School, he joined Fairchild Industries as Associate General Counsel and Corporate Representative for Broadcasting.  In 1984, Kendall joined the law firm of Barnes, Wood, Williams and Rafalsky as counsel, where he remained until establishing Minter & Gay in 1987. Minter & Gay was a boutique law firm which specialized in entertainment, sports and labor law. Based in the Wall Street district, the firm grew to nine attorneys with an internationally diverse clientele. In September 1992, Kendall merged his practice into the firm of Phillips, Nizer, Benjamin, Krim & Balon as counsel. In early 1995, Kendall relocated to Atlanta and joined the firm of Sales Goodloe & Golden, as counsel, where he established and developed an entertainment department. Kendall has also been Of Counsel to the New York City entertainment law firm Rudolph & Beer.  In 2004, Kendall established Minter & Associates, L.L.C. in Atlanta, Georgia and subsequently established an Of Counsel affiliation with regional law firm Gibson & Behman, P.C. Minter & Associates, L.L.C. is a boutique law firm which represents a diverse international clientele in the areas of entertainment, corporate, intellectual property, sports and new media matters.  Kendall is a co-founder and inaugural Executive Director of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association and currently serves on its Advisory Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Rhythm & Blues Foundation and is the Chairman Emeritus of the organization and is a member of the Board of the Living Legends Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of Sound Exchange, Inc.

Chawn Payton                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Financial Advisor                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Northwestern Mutual 

Chawn was born and raised in South Georgia in the city of Valdosta. After graduating from Florida A&M University in 2008, he moved to Atlanta to start his career in financial services. Chawn married his lovely wife, Yolanda in fall of 2012. He enjoys spending time with friends & family, playing drums, fishing, traveling and supporting the Falcons.  After spending 9 years consulting in financial services, Chawn decided to pursue his passion in helping others achieve financial security. He was blessed with the opportunity to do that with Northwestern Mutual in 2018.

Dustin Cicero                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Director of Music Clubhouse                                                                                                                                                                                    Freelance Artist/Audio-engineer

Dustin Cicero is a musician, audioengineer & producer. Born in New Orleans, grew up in Stone Mountain, GA & spent a decade in NYC, earning a Masters Degree from Manhattan School of Music and working full-time as an audioengineer & musician. In his lifetime, Dustin has had the distinct honor of sharing the stage, studio or camera with such artists as Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Dianne Reeves, Skooly, Trevor Jackson, 30Roc (Producer of The Box), B.o.B., T.I, Domani Harris, Mulatto, Young Dro, Ricco Barinno, Speech (Arrested Development), members of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert band, NY Philharmonic, NY Metropolitan Ballet & Ballet Orchestra & many others. Over the past 20 years, he has dedicated his life to artist & youth development, achieving this by teaching private and group workshops as a teenager, working with 1st-12th grades at Drew Charter School though Georgia State University outreach, teaching undergraduate courses at Emory University, founding Street Muzik ATL, working with the Music & Youth Initiative out of Boston and leading youth development programs for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. His recordings have received multiple Grammy Nominations & millions of streams. During Covid-19 quarantine, Dustin has spent a lot of time mixing, mastering & producing at his home studio in Decatur, GA.

Chef Sean                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hip-Hop Artist                                                                                                                                                                                  

Chef Sean is a Chicago Native and has been a force in the music industry under the genre of rap/ hip hop with an ample amount of accomplishments under his belt such as charting number four on the Billboard Charts for single “Hot Single Sales” and for a 2016 summer release entitled “Dope Boy.” Chef Sean is also known as a Trap Rock artist with his rap-infused rock group “Chef Sean & Blaze” based in Los Angeles, CA.  He decided to go solo for his newest ventures and feature rap singles. In his music, you can see elements of his Chicago roots where he first began his music career by learning music production, songwriting, and the art of rapping.  Chef Sean is also a talented actor that has appeared in Television & Film since the age of 12. Some of his credits include; lead in “Jason’s Lyric,” starring alongside Allen Payne, Forrest Whitaker & Jada Pinkett Smith, “There Are No Children Here” (Harpo productions) and “Missing Persons” on ABC. A recent Sci-Fi / Thriller film “Teeth & Blood” Chef Sean starred in, he performed and produced the theme song in the movie as well as additional song placement. Most recently, Chef Sean started “Ask a Rap Dude” on IG TV, averaging over 3k per stream.

Webinar:  Returning To Production
June 9, 2020 at 1:00 PM

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This virtual webinar is going to be a panel designed to provide a perspective to attendees on the essential steps for location permitting and insurance that is mandatory for Film and Television production:

Dee Dee Murray                                                                                                                                                                                                         Production Manager                                                                                                                                                                                                                DeKalb Entertainment Commission

Dee Dee Murray is an entertainment professional with over 25 years of industry experience. Dee Dee is the owner of Murray Media Production Partners, LLC, a private agency that provides film permitting facilitation, entertainment industry consulting and a host of a la carte services to support the growing motion picture industry in the State of Georgia. Dee Dee managed Organized Noize Productions and played an intricate role in the development of the Dungeon Family and its roster of award-winning artists including Outkast and Goodie Mob. For fifteen years Dee Dee was responsible for production management, publishing administration, and contract negation. Dee Dee is featured Netflix documentary “The Art of Organized Noize” which chronicles the production company’s musical impact over the past twenty years. A graduate of Savannah State University with a Bachelors of Arts Degree, Dee Dee’s work has supported the careers of nationally recognized recording artist such as The Whispers, The Gap Band, MC Hammer, Full Force, and Freddie Jackson. Dee Dee’s current clients include The DeKalb County Entertainment Commission, The House of Hope Atlanta , and the historic Apollo Theatre in New York.

Patrice DeChabert                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Executive Producer                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Stonecrest Film & Entertainment Committee

Patreece DeChabert is a production veteran with 2 decades of experience in television, advertising and virtual production. She is a graduate of Howard University with a BA in Tv/Film production and Strayer with an MBA in Marketing. She began as on-camera talent for commercials and a teen talk show in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands before working behind the scenes there and later in New York. From creative producer to camera operator to editor to executive producer, Patreece has worn many hats in the industry. She has worked locally with WSB-TV, Turner Studios, BBDO, Trick 3D and is currently a Field Producer at Tyler Perry Studios.  Patreece has resided in Stonecrest, Georgia for 12 years and represents District 1 with the Stonecrest Film and Entertainment Committee. She was a former Board member with Women In Cable Telecommunications and is an active member with other industry organizations such as GPP and WIFTA.

Matt Watkins                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Vice President, Property & Casualty                                                                                                                                                                                    USI Insurance Services

Matt Watkins is a Vice President in the property and casualty practice of USI, the largest privately held insurance broker in the nation. He works with film & TV studios, production companies, DICE producers, music labels, touring entertainers, and more to lower their overall cost of risk. Matt works with clients throughout Georgia and the nation. Before joining USI, he worked with ADP’s insurance agency for a number of years.

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