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MACRO and Amazon to Host Virtual HBCU Entertainment Summit

MACRO and Amazon to Host Virtual HBCU Entertainment Summit


The MACRO X HBCU Entertainment Summit (, presented by Amazon Studios, will go virtual this year for its second annual showcase of panels, conversations, and inspirational messages from notable talent and changemakers in the entertainment business.

The inaugural summit debuted on the campus of Howard University in 2019 with the mission to engage and educate students on the vast careers, opportunities and paths in the media and entertainment fields. This year, the summit goes global and will be available to students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the country.  Students will participate from a host of venerable institutions which include Alabama A&M University, Clark Atlanta University, Florida A&M University, Grambling State University, Hampton University, Jackson State University, Morehouse College, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University, Spelman College, Tennessee State University, Texas Southern University, Tuskegee University, Xavier, University of Louisiana, Savannah State University and Howard University.

This year’s event will premiere online on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 10:00am EST on and include appearances by Kenya Barris, John David Washington (Morehouse College Alumnus) MACRO Founder & Chief Executive Officer Charles D. King, Steve Pamon (Morehouse College Alumnus), Chris Paul and Terrence J as well as a host of industry executives, experts and influencers—many that are HBCU alumni.

Additionally, one DJ from 10 different HBCUs, representing different regions and styles of music, will create their own brand-new playlists, available to stream on Amazon Music. The event is also open to the public.  All attendees must register to attend at

SheaMoisture returns as a sponsor of The MACRO X HBCU Entertainment Summit, continuing the brand’s commitment to celebrating culture, championing Black businesses and advocating for justice. SheaMoisture Chief Executive Officer Cara Sabin will appear to introduce the company’s exciting new campaign, It Comes Naturally, which features six Black women artists in a forward-looking celebration of Black identity and storytelling.

Below is a partial listing of the schedule of events.

A MACRO Conversation with Kenya Barris.  Moderated by Charles D. King, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, MACRO.

MACRO Founder & CEO Charles D. King (Howard University School of Law Alumni Alumnus) sits down with writer, producer, actor and showrunner Kenya Barris (Clark Atlanta University Alumnus) to discuss their journeys in this business and also provide words of inspiration and encouragement for students looking to enter the business.  

About That Action.  Powered by SheaMoisture.  

A fireside chat with future NBA Hall of Famer, Chris Paul, on using your voice and platform to lead the charge for social justice.

Moderator: Terrence J, Actor/Influencer (North Carolina A&T University Alumnus)


Chris Paul, NBA Player, Oklahoma City Thunder (Winston-Salem State University Student)

When and Where I Enter: Black Women At The Seat of Power.  Powered By Amazon Studios.

A roundtable of baller Black women on the business side of entertainment, discussing the strategies they used to make their voices be heard and respected in white and male dominated spaces.

Moderator: Latasha Gillespie, Executive Head, Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Amazon Studios


Inga Dyer, Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, MACRO (Howard University and Howard University School of Law Alumna)

Karen Toliver, Executive Vice President, Creative, Sony Pictures Animation

Niija Kuykendall, Executive Vice President, Film Production, Warner Bros. Pictures

Creators & Manifesters

A roundtable discussion about utilizing skills and gifts that are often undervalued and overlooked and turning them into a career. Manifesting your dreams by activating your unique skills, gifts and interests.

Moderator: Stacey Walker King, Chief Brand Officer, MACRO


Jasmyn Lawson, Editorial Manager, Netflix

Mark Anthony Green, Special Projects Editor, GQ

Quinn Wilson, Creative Director, Lizzo

The Playbook: How to Actually Break Into The Industry

This panel will educate viewers on the strategies and skills you need to finally get your foot in the door. What to do, what not to do and what it takes to survive and thrive in entertainment will be discussed.

Moderator: Krystal Franklin, Senior Digital Producer (Grambling State University Alumna)


Ahmadou Seck, Director, Development, MACRO Television Studios

Brandon Lawrence, Agent, CAA (Morehouse Alumnus)

The Come Up

A roundtable discussion with recent HBCU grads from Wondaland, CAA and Marvel in their first or second jobs in entertainment covering what is has been like to get a job, keep a job and keep it moving before and during the pandemic.

Moderator: Maura Chanz, Influencer (Spelman College Alumna)

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