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Producer Salim Akil Uses Diverse Story-Telling to Keep Black Creators Employed Amid COVID-19

Supporting Black stories in Hollywood goes beyond just sharing these creations amongst our community, it requires real action behind our words as well. For TV director and “Black Lightning” creator Salim Akil, his mission in the entertainment industry involves championing both Black creators and creators of color who work behind the scenes to put these stories together. The social reckoning that occurred back in June took a good look at Hollywood’s infrastructure and made a mass call for restoration to make the industry more diverse and inclusive. Although that social moment in the summer lit a fire under Hollywood’s playmakers to begin making those necessary changes, creators like Akil have been telling Black and diverse stories far before then and the pandemic. “The events of the summer gave some people who may have been a little reluctant to delve into those stories permission and/or the courage to go ahead and tell them,” he said. In regards to producing said stories, Akil...

Njera Perkins

Jan 1, 2021

Kevin Hart & Charlamagne Tha God Announce Audible Partnership to Amplify Black Voices

Media giants Kevin Hart and Charlamagne Tha God have announced an exclusive partnership with online platform Audible in an effort to bring forth more Black voices to the forefront of culturally-nuanced conversations, Forbes reports . According to Audible , the global multi-year, multi-project development, production, and audio licensing deal is an innovative collaboration that joins both Kevin’s Hartbeat Productions and Charlamagne’s CTHAGOD World Productions, to achieve a common goal that aims to amplify rising Black creatives and their unique narratives.   View this post on Instagram   Been working on this for a minute with my brother @cthagod ….We are finally here and I’m hype as hell about it damn it!!!!! It’s not just about what you do…it’s also about the opportunities that you create for others….I can’t wait for you all to get a major dose of what we have coming your way!!!!!!! Major thank you to @audible for understanding and believing in our vision!!!!!!! A post shared by...

Njera Perkins

Oct 27, 2020

Former Audio Podcast Duo Joins Quibi to 'Expand a Visual Landscape For Blackness'

There’s been a major shift in streaming services this year pushing for more Black-led and Black-centered content to be present. While Black creators have always been present to speak to Black experiences from genuine perspectives, the lack of places to have those experiences heard has made it increasingly difficult to create more visibility. Quibi — a short-form video service that officially launched on April 6 — included a slew of programs in their Daily Essentials lineup for daily-curated minutes long content. Among the bunch to originally launch with the streaming platform was “The Nod with Brittany & Eric” , a former audio podcast turned daily video series that digs into the stories of Black life that are not often told. View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Nod (@thenodshow) With a passion for Black culture, hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings cover everything on their digital show including film, fashion, sports, food, television, and more. Similar to the podcast’s...

Njera Perkins

Jul 14, 2020