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Issa Rae Teams Up With LIFEWTR To Unveil Campaign Uplifting Diverse Creators And The Arts

Actress, writer, and producer Issa Rae has never been shy about amplifying Black and brown creatives — in fact, according to her, it’s “threaded in the fabric” of her being. So it was only right that she teamed up with a brand who’s company mission prioritizes the same principle. Today, Rae and LIFEWTR announced their new partnership to unveil the launch of Life Unseen — the water brand’s new platform and bottle collection that highlights the ongoing fight for fair representation within four main creative territories across the arts — fashion, film, music and visual arts. The new collaboration not only ties in Rae’s personal mission of always amplifying the unique work and perspectives of diverse creatives, it also works to address the systemic disparities and inequities that continue to plague the creative community — which starts with building a pipeline for storytelling that cultivates new opportunities for the next generation of creators. “It’s kind of a dream come true for me...

Njera Perkins

Apr 14, 2021

Actor-Sibling Duo Stephan James, Shamier Anderson Launch The Black Academy to Celebrate Black Talent

Hollywood for Black actors and creatives is already an isolated space still plagued with systemic racism and discrimination, but in Canada, the lack of opportunities for Black talent is even more apparent. In an effort to shift the industry in a new direction, Variety reports that Canadian actors and brothers Shamier Anderson and Stephan James have just launched The Black Academy — an extension of their nonprofit B.L.A.C.K. Canada (Building a Legacy in Acting, Cinema + Knowledge) which was founded in 2016 — meant to honor and celebrate Black Canadian talent.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by B.L.A.C.K ™️ (@blackisnowcanada) The Black-led organization — funded by the Canada Media Fund — will reportedly showcase the country’s established and rising Black talent, thus amplifying overlooked English and French-Canadian artists across the country. “The impetus of The Black Academy stems from our long-lasting commitment, deep ties to our community, and an awareness of the...

Njera Perkins

Dec 4, 2020

This 'Slave Play' Writer Just Inked a Deal With HBO That Will Fund New Theatrical Projects

Jeremy O. Harris made a splash this year with one of the most exciting plays to make its way to Broadway in years. “Slave Play,” written by Harris, made such an impression it caught the attention of premium cable network HBO. Harris is now signed to a two-year overall deal with the platform that includes the development of a new pilot series, a co-producing role of hit show “Euphoria,” and most of all a discretionary fund exclusive to theatrical projects according to Playbill . This deal positions Harris to make a name for himself as a writer, and also allows him to continue to support the theater community. Deadline reports that this fund will allow Harris to commission, enhance, and produce theatrical work for himself and other artists. Harris announced the big news to Twitter, noting that although he initially passed on the deal, HBO delivered on what he wanted most out of it. To say this is exciting is an understatement. But what fills me with the pride and exhilaration is the...

Njera Perkins

Mar 7, 2020