A discussion, The State of Black Star Power 2019 will be held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater on April 26, 2019 beginning at 7:00 pm.  Hosted by Orlando District 6 Commissioner and mayoral candidate Samuel B. Ings and moderated by Lady Dhyana Zeigler, DCJ, Ph.D., this first of many planned and important discussions will explore the socio-economic importance of biographical films to the black community and their impact on the future of filmmaking in Florida.  The panelists will also discuss what Orlando’s arts and entertainment community can do to effect the challenge to the well-established Hollywood film industry to hire a minimum of 4% women directors over the next 18 months.  Kwame Parker, OSCAR Award-Winning Executive Producer of Green Book, Boafoa Offei-Darko, Writer and Producer Assistant on David Makes Manand A Wrinkle in Time, Robin Cowie, Producer of Blair WitchProject, andNarrative Producer of EA: Madden NFL, Jamal Sowell, President of Enterprise Florida and Marsha Haygood, Former Executive Vice President at New Line Cinema and Orion Pictures are among the esteemed panelists.

“Florida has rich, compelling stories that I believe appeal to the demand for culturally based content. Our desire to revitalize the film industry in the State of Florida matched with stories unique to the region could be the perfect mix to igniting the change we seek, “says Contona Thomas, founder of To The Table, Incorporated who will be joined by the University of Central Florida College of Arts & Humanities to present this highly anticipated and timely event.  “This evening is the beginning of Florida’s future in film and it’s getting better all the time, “ says Anthony Major of To The Table, Inc.  For additional information contact:  Anthony Major at 407-823-0076 or Contona Thomas at 407-209-8801. For tickets, visit Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-state-of-black-star-power-2019-tickets-60572303390.  Be a part of what promises to be an insightful and productive discussion that will help Florida take its place among the states that are contributing great stories and films to the industry and significantly impacting communities.

About the Author

Sharon Fletcher Jones is a true Libra, an action-ist, and a budget fashionista.  The Portsmouth, Virginia native is also an employment specialist with Goodwill Industries, a life coach and an associate editor at ONYX Magazine. Stacey’s mom (literally) has got it going on.  Fletcher Jones’ personal mantra is “It’s the dash that counts.”


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