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#NABJ2018 When Art Meets Activism

Friday, August 3, 2018   (0 Comments)
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#NABJ18 Session Draws on Star Power to Talk about Leveraging Celebrity Influence for the Black Community



DETROIT, MI (AUGUST 3, 2018) -- Artists and entertainers often breathe life into movements they support by the influence their celebrity status brings. During the 2018 National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair, several well-known celebrities and journalists discussed using the power their visibility and influence can have in the community.

A standing-room-only group of media professionals filled the Mackinac Ballroom of the Detroit Marriott hotel Thursday to hear from Hollywood producer and author DeVon Franklin; actress and star of the hit TV program Empire Ptosha Storey; actress and philanthropist Tichina Arnold; Hollywood director and producer George Tillman; Detroit native, actor and comedian Brandon T. Jackson; actor, recording and performance artist Mike Ellison, and Kovie Biakolo, the entertainment editor for BuzzFeed News.  The session was moderated by WFAA (Dallas, TX) traffic anchor Demetria Obilor.

Each panelist emphasized the importance of using the gift of celebrity in constructive ways. Franklin said it is important for high-profile individuals to make the most of the unique opportunity they have been given. “We all have to own who we are and not be ashamed of it,” he added.

Session attendees were laser-focused during the 90-minute discussion.

In addressing the ways everyone can have an impact, Storey challenged convention-goers to “Start right in our communities.” Jackson added, “When you step out on who you are, the world will make a path for you.”

The 2018 National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair continues through Sunday, August 5.


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An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation, and provides educational, career development and support to black journalists worldwide.


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