Category - Guest Speaker

Leah Daniels Butler

Leah Daniels Butler is a casting director and producer responsible for launching the careers of...

Zora DeHorter

Zora is an independent film, television and commercial CASTING DIRECTOR. She has cast such films as...

Franklin Leonard

Franklin Leonard is the founder of the Black List, the yearly publication highlighting Hollywood’s...

Boris Kodjoe

Actor/Model/Entrepreneur Among his feature film credits are Spike Lee’s “Love and...

Ava Duvernay

TFI and Heineken are proud to announce the winner of the inaugural Heineken Affinity Award. Created...

Bill Duke

Bill Duke is the legendary African American Godfather of American Cinema, who recently received a...

Darrien Michele Gipson

An M.F.A. recipient from the Peter Stark Producer’s Program at USC, as well as a USC President...

Louis Gossett, Jr

Louis Gossett, Jr., is an Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor because of the powerful role he...

Robert Guillaume

Robert Guillaume is an American stage and television actor, known for his role as Benson on the TV...

Nkechi Okoro

Raised in four countries and fluent in two languages, Nkechi spent her formative years living in...

Leila Djansi

Multiple award winning Leila Djansi is a filmmaker who began her career with the GAMA Film Company...

Adesuwa McCalla

Adesuwa McCalla is extensively educated, trained and experienced in the world of television and...

John Wesley

John Wesley, belongs to a “fraternity” of actors, rooted deeply in the American theatre with a...

Cameron Washington

As a native of Los Angeles, California, Cameron spent most of her life immersed in the...

Yolonda Brinkley

Yolonda Brinkley, CEO of YRB International Exposure-a boutique marketing communications firm...

Scott David

Scott David is a highly respected Casting Director in Los Angeles, having cast Criminal Minds for...

Janine Sherman Barrois

Janine Sherman Barrois is an Executive Producer on CBS’ Criminal Minds, which she joined at the...

Elliott Lester

Elliott Lester is a multi-disciplinary director with a deep love for storytelling in all its forms...

Obba Babatunde

Mr. Obba Babatunde is a veteran of film, television and stage. His career spans some four and a...