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In Honor of Pride Week, Noted African American SGL/LGBTQ Directors, Producers, Entrepreneurs and Industry Professionals Join “Made in NY” Talks: Flipping the Script – The Next Chapter of SGL/LGBTQ Portrayal in Media”

Presented by the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, Global Pride Business Coalition, Harlem Pride, Global Network of Black Pride and The National Black Theatre

June 10, 2014 - As a part of “Made in NY” Talks, a free series of conversations focused on jobs in the local entertainment industry, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment in partnership with Global Pride Business Coalition, Harlem Pride, Global Network of Black Pride and The National Black Theatre will present “Made in NY: Flipping the Script – The Next Chapter of SGL/LGBTQ Portrayal in Media” on Monday, June 23 at 7pm at the National Black Theatre in celebration of Pride Week in NYC. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will bring African American SGL/LGBTQ directors, producers, entertainment entrepreneurs and industry professionals together to discuss the range of portrayals of SGL/LGBTQ characters – both positive and negative – and how the industry is changing perceptions to provide a more diverse representation of the SGL/LGBTQ community in the media.

Yoruba Richen, director and producer of The New Black, Stanley Bennett Clay, director and producer of You Are Not Alone, and Shari Carpenter, director of Wonder and script supervisor of American Gangster, will lend their ideas on the topic moderated by actor and Emmy-winning contributor  for “CBS Sunday Morning” Nancy Giles. A Q&A will follow.

The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about opportunities in the entertainment industry. This event will be filmed for broadcast on NYC life (Channel 25), part of the official network of the City of New York, and be available to watch on the NYC Media Video on Demand Player at nyc.gov/vod.

“Made in NY” Talks: Flipping the Script – The Next Chapter of SGL/LGBTQ Portrayal in Media


Monday, June 23, 2014
7pm; doors open at 6:15pm
Free: Space is limited. RSVP to events@media.nyc.gov by Wednesday June 18.
The National Black Theatre
2031 5th Avenue at 125th Street
New York, NY 10035

By subway: Take the 2 or 3 train to 125th St and walk east to 5th Ave. The Theatre is located between 125th and 126th Streets.

About The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment
The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment consists of the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, facilitating and supporting film and TV production throughout the five boroughs; and NYC Media, the official TV, radio and online network of the City of New York. The agency’s mission is to streamline government communications by making information accessible, leveraging technology to aid in the transparency of government and by supporting relevant media and entertainment industries in New York City.

About Global Pride Business Coalition
GPBC an initiative of National Minority Business Council offers business development services and programming to SGL/LGBTQ entrepreneurs and small business owners. The initiative was born out of the November 2013 NMBC collaboration with the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and U.S. Small Business Administration, Many Faces, One Dream Economic Empowerment Conference for LGBT Communities of Color held in New York City. GPBC is spearheaded by SGL/LGBTQ business professionals and entrepreneurs who strive to expand networking opportunities to minorities and women business owners that will enhance and assure projected goal attainment and longevity in business.

About Harlem Pride
In 2010, Harlem Pride's founders saw an opportunity to celebrate not just our Same Gender Loving/LGBT community, but its role and contributions to Harlem's rich history and thus Harlem Pride was born. The mission is to unite Harlem's SGL/LGBT organizations and supporters in cultivating a sense of honor, dignity and respect for our diverse culture and community by fostering tolerance of our differences and ensuring equality for all. We promote SGL & LGBT pride in Harlem and provide opportunities for collaboration and communication among its SGL/LGBT organizations and community members through education and advocacy. These opportunities are organized for and on behalf of all SGL/LGBT individuals and groups, and all others who support the struggle for the liberation of these communities.

About Global Network of Black Pride
Global Network of Black Pride (GN-BP) is an online portal that aims to provide positive images, news and cultural awareness in our relation to the Black and Black LGBT experience. We are creating and celebrating unique platforms rooted in the Black Culture while uplifting and sharing images, stories and resources of Black LGBT People around the Globe.

About Gatekeeper's Collective
The Gatekeeper's Collective (TGC) is an African-Centered same gender loving (SGL) men's revitalization network, which employs education and advocacy to build resilience and leadership. TGC brings SGL, gay, bi and Trans African descended men together in collaboration around issues of the SGL and the larger Diasporan communities. TGC’s mission is to enhance self-actualization and explore strategies and activities for the advancement of SGL people throughout the global African village.

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