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February 17, 2009 - In celebration of African American History Month, New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, in conjunction with the Apollo Theater Foundation and Screen Actors Guild, will present “Careers in Entertainment: African American Perspectives” at the world famous Apollo Theater on Thursday, February 26 at 6pm. The panel is free and open to the public.

The panel will be made up of prominent members of the African American entertainment community, including those currently featured on “Made in NY” television shows, as they discuss the successes they have enjoyed in the past, where they are presently in their careers, and what they think is in store for their future and the future of African Americans in film, television and theatre.

“Careers in Entertainment: African American Perspectives” will provide students and interested New Yorkers with first-hand accounts of how the panelists got started in their careers and how they view the changing landscape of opportunities available to the African American entertainment community. The discussion will be moderated by Commissioner Katherine Oliver; a Q&A session will follow.

Panelists include:

NANCY GILESContributor (CBS News Sunday Morning), Actress (Joshua, “Law & Order”)

AMANI MARTINDirector of Production (HBO Sports), Director/Producer (“Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush”) 

DARYL MITCHELLActor (“Ed,” Galaxy Quest)

LANCE REDDICKActor (“Fringe,” “The Wire”)

TAMARA TUNIEActor (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”), Producer (Spring Awakening )

“New York City is home to a thriving production industry, employing 100,000 New Yorkers and generating $5 billion to our economy each year,” Katherine Oliver, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting said. “Our office is committed to attracting new production business and creating new jobs through the ‘Made in NY’ program. At the same time, we are working to ensure that a diverse group of New Yorkers have access to these positions through programs such as this panel and our ‘Made in NY’ Production Assistant Training Program - a series of free, full-time, month-long training programs developed with Brooklyn Workforce Innovations. We’ve also launched a new PSA campaign thanking New Yorkers for hosting production throughout the five boroughs.” For more information about these programs, visit

The panel begins at 6pm. Doors open at 5:30pm. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. RSVP to RSVP does not guarantee a seat. Panelists are subject to availability. The Apollo Theater is located at 253 West 125th Street (between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd and Frederick Douglass Blvd).

About the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting
As the first film commission in the country, the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting is the one-stop shop for all production needs in New York City. The agency markets the City as a prime location, provides premiere customer service to production companies and facilitates production throughout the five boroughs. To learn more, visit

About the Apollo Theater
Celebrating its 75th Anniversary Season in 2009-10, the Apollo Theater is one of Harlem’s, New York City’s, and America’s most iconic and enduring cultural institutions. The Apollo was one of the first theaters in New York—and the country—to integrate, welcoming traditionally African-American, Hispanic, and local immigrant populations, and headlining uniquely talented entertainers who found it difficult to gain entrance to other venues of similar size and resources. For that reason, the Apollo has been a pioneer in presenting the cultural contributions of black and Latino communities and has played a central role in the development of American music into the 21st century. Visit for more information.

About Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild, representing 120,000 members nationwide, has a long-standing practice of fighting discrimination and increasing employment opportunities for performers of color, women, LGBT actors, performers with disabilities and seniors. Through its Affirmative Action/Diversity department and Diversity Committees, it advocates for a work environment free from discrimination and sexual harassment, and it educates the entertainment community about how to create quality programming that is made in a cooperative workplace and reflects more multicultural experiences and the true American Scene. SAG has been proud to be a part of The Mayor’s Task Force on Diversity in Film, Television and Commercial Production. To learn more about SAG, please visit:
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