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Hillman Grad Foundation's Justin Riley Stresses The Importance Of Access To Capital For Black Creatives

Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Foundation is on a mission to not only support the next generation of creatives but also to equip them with the resources necessary to thrive. Justin Riley, the company’s Vice President of Operations and Business Development, sat down with AfroTech to share the latest initiatives geared toward helping others. From its Mentorship Lab for writers, actors, and executives to its filmmaking program — Rising Voices — a partnership with Indeed, and more, Hillman Grad Foundation is creating direct pathways for people to move into the industry.

Shanique Yates

Oct 24, 2022

Emmy-Winning Television Producer Lena Waithe Starts Hillman Grad Records in Partnership With Def Jam

Lena Waithe is taking her talents to music! The Emmy-winning television producer just took a leap into the music business and is partnering with Def Jam Recordings to start a new label, Hillman Grad Records, reports Variety. For Def Jam, the goal of this collaboration is “leveraging opportunities across music, TV, and film…to capitalize on the cultural significance generated when these worlds meaningfully intersect.” “Music and storytelling have always gone hand in hand,” said Waithe in an official statement . “And I think that’s because musicians are the storytellers we love the most. They can take complex emotions and simplify it in four minutes, the same artist can sing about the revolution and falling in love. Music is a part of us. It’s so often connected to our fondest and sometimes our darkest memories. Musicians tell our story.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Lena Waithe (@lenawaithe) While no artists signings have been announced, Hillman Grad already has...

Shanique Yates

Mar 11, 2021

Lena Waithe Partners With The North Face to Diversify the Outdoors For Communities of Color

For many people this year, nature and the outdoors have provided the perfect escape from all that has happened in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. However, many people of color still consider it a dangerous space to navigate considering the limitations that exist outdoors based on our race. In an effort to combat this belief, apparel brand The North Face has set a goal to address the lack of diversity in outdoor spaces for people of color, and so it has enlisted the help of Emmy Award-winning screenwriter and producer, Lena Waithe, and director, Jimmy Chin, to launch a new global initiative. According to The Cut, the “Reset Normal” campaign has pledged a total of $7 million toward diversifying the outdoors through the Explore Fund Council — a global fellowship program that will ultimately encourage people of color around the world to reset their “normal” lives through the power of outdoor exploration during this...

Njera Perkins

Oct 27, 2020