Black Hollywood

No matter the platform nor the device, audiences want to invest their time with compelling storytelling.  Which is why the disruption of traditional distribution has given new life to new voices in front and behind the camera.  This panel will seek to unpack this new dynamic and showcase what Black Hollywood really means.


The Business of Music: Defining pop culture

In the year 2019, we continue to see a major shift in the way we consume music compared to just 10 years ago. Rapid advancements in technology make for an ever-changing musical landscape, but what remains constant is that music is found in all mediums of entertainment, which creates opportunities to monetize music. The convergence of technology and entertainment has reinvented the music business resulting in new avenues for aspiring artists and urban professionals looking to “GetOn” in today’s music industry.

This panel discussion focuses on the emergence of Artist-First agency models that are building artists influence across social media platforms and creating a new Urban Digital Culture. Learn how Digital Music Marketing has disrupted the way record labels are promoting new artists and music by cultivating a community of organic content creators. Also, discover how independent artists are getting their music published to Digital Stores like Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify and much more.  


Black Genius: The Future of Tech

Technological developments are happening at a rapid pace. And as they are incorporated into our everyday lives’ we willingly embrace how they change our workflow, but we don’t understand the unintended consequences of how they affect our social or economic behavior. As digital content and infrastructure developers expand their mission in this digital frontier, we have a responsibility to be informed users as we interact with new and emerging technology.  

This panel seeks to unpack:

  • Social currency: existing and emerging social media platforms and how it affects our interpersonal communications, and real-world experience

  • Tech bias: how diversity can correct AI programming in areas such as feature recognition or application tracking software

  • The Internet of Things: how big data plays a major role in our consumer buying habits and shapes our everyday experiences