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Beats By Dre, MACRO Partner On Film Pitch Competition For Atlanta HBCU Students

Beats By Dre and movie producer Charles D. King’s MACRO company have joined forces to help students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Atlanta pursue their Hollywood film dreams. According to a press release shared with AfroTech, the two companies have partnered together on a film pitch competition that will grant current students and recent alumni of four Atlanta HBCUs the chance to pitch their film passion projects to top Hollywood executives. Winners of the competition will then get the opportunity to attend the Beats Black Creators Summit later this year and The 2022 MACRO Lodge at Sundance Film Festival in January 2022. Eligible students who will be considered for the pitch competition must be at least 18-years-old and matriculate from either Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University or Morris Brown College. At a time where representation in the film industry is key to advancing the conversation around diversity and inclusion in...

Njera Perkins

Aug 16, 2021

This Airport Piano Player Received $60K In Tips After A Stranger Shared Videos Of Him On Instagram

Sometimes going viral comes with major benefits — especially for this airport piano player. According to CNN, Tonee “Valentine” Carter has been known to take visitors on a musical journey thanks to the sounds he provides on a piano at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The 66-year-old is used to capturing the attention of the travelers in the busy Atlanta airport, but this one traveler, in particular, was absolutely mesmerized by the musician. Carlos Whittaker is a motivational speaker who was traveling home to Tennesse on Wednesday morning after a speaking engagement was canceled. “I was super bummed that morning and had to reroute to Atlanta,” said Whittaker in an interview with CNN. “As I was walking through the concourse, I heard someone playing the piano, and I just had to walk by them. There was Tonee, going down and going to town and I knew I just had to stay there.” Staying there is what Whittaker did indeed as he sat at the piano bar in Concourse A for a little over...

Shanique Yates

Jul 26, 2021