Getting Real: What It Takes to Break the Barriers & Make Creative Industries More Diverse, Representative & Equitable
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
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As part of our month-long programs celebrating, honoring and recognizing Black History Month, we are thrilled to be hosting a session with prominent Black creators as part of our #Education programming.
On Tuesday, February 16th, we’ll be joined by a panel of dynamic and influential Black creators with expertise across a range of creative industries – including brand strategy and content curation, film and production and music.
We’ll be diving into what “walking the walk” looks like versus just “talking the talk” when it comes to how brands and marketers are engaging Black creators and providing more equitable opportunities – including the value of long-term partnerships, where the gaps still exist in terms of who is in the room making creative decisions, and how brands, marketers and creators can be working together to break barriers and tell the multifaceted stories of Black culture that we still don’t see today.
Troy Brooks is a wellness entrepreneur, lifestyle content creator, husband, and father who specializes in wellness and social media consulting. His main goal is to impact and change lives through wellness and a healthy balanced lifestyle. As a Content Creator, Troy offers content creation + creative strategies, focused on telling authentic brand stories that add value and inspire positivity, abolish stereotypes and break barriers.
Visit thetbeffect.com to check out more of Troy’s work and areas of expertise.
Christina Gray is an actress, writer and film producer, with a comprehensive background in a variety of creative fields. Prior to starting her own production company, R.O.O.M. Entertainment (Realizing Our Own Meaning), Christina also had a successful modeling career in New York City. Look out for Christina’s award-winning short film “Tricks”, streaming online on February 22, 2021!
Ronald Turner II, known as DJ R-Tistic, is an internationally acclaimed DJ hailing from Los Angeles, CA. He was introduced to music at a very early age by his father, Drummer and Producer, Ronald Turner. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University, which is where his passion for DJing came into fruition. He is managed by Naledi N. of NINE.
DJ R-Tistic has become one of entertainment industry’s favorite DJs, as he has DJd special events for Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Issa Rae, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lena Waithe, Common, Floyd Mayweather, and Marlon Wayans. He is known for his high energy sets, along with his expert level crowd reading abilities. He has DJd in seven different countries outside the United States, including Nigeria, Jordan, Ghana, and France. He has gained notoriety for his DJ mixes and videos, which have gained over 5 million listens and views throughout the years.
During the worldwide pandemic, DJ R-Tistic has kept everyone’s spirits up by DJing for hours at a time every weekend on his Twitch channel (Twitch.tv/rtistic310). He’s become one of the most sought after DJs when it comes to delivering a live experience, as has hosted virtual parties for established companies such as BET.
Jordyn is a Houston-based Lifestyle and Fashion Blogger with degrees in Marketing and Communications from The Ohio State University. After leaving her full-time medical sales career, Jordyn now creates content that encourages her readers to find the color and joy in their day-to-day life, style and home decor through creating content on her social media platforms. She is an advocate for inclusivity, diversity and using her platform to inspire others to do so as well. Most importantly, the things she cherishes the most are her faith, her husband, Leighton, her family, friends and her furry partner-in-crime, Felix.
Check out https://www.yourpaljordyn.com/ for some amazing content and more about Jordyn!
Moderator, Global Director of Marketing, ForwardPMX
As the Director of Marketing for ForwardPMX, Sara is focused on elevating the ForwardPMX brand and its 1,000 experts across 20 offices around the world. Sara is responsible for brand amplification and global marketing and communications strategy, leading initiatives across: social media, PR, thought leadership, executive speaking engagements and awards, as well as internal brand advocacy, corporate communications and programs that sit at the intersection of Brand, Culture and Connectivity.