Thousands march for All Black Lives Matters in LA

It was a peaceful sea of love and pride as forty thousand Angelenos turned out Sunday morning for an anti-racism, pro- gay and – transgender people of color solidarity march from Hollywood to West Hollywood. The demonstration was organized by All Black Lives Matter, and as of 12:30 p.m. the crowd had swelled on Hollywood … Continue reading “Thousands march for All Black Lives Matters in LA”

The One Club launches ONE School for Black creatives

The One Club for Creativity, the world’s foremost non-profit organization recognizing creative excellence in advertising and design, announced the launch of ONE School, a free portfolio program for young Black creatives. ONE School will be run by award-winning Spotify creative director Oriel Davis-Lyons, as part of The One Club’s Professional Development programming.  The initiative quickly came together … Continue reading “The One Club launches ONE School for Black creatives”

DDB creatives launch Black Lives Matter Font

Sparked by the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the United States has been forced to face an honest conversation about race. Earlier this month, Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington, D.C.,  had “Black Lives Matter” painted in yellow on a street near the White House. Hollywood Boulevard also followed suit right before the … Continue reading “DDB creatives launch Black Lives Matter Font”

Alejandra Parody, Elizabeth Phillipson-Weiner

Director Alejandra Parody and producer/composer Elizabeth Phillipson-Weiner made the NAACP-nominated short Gets Good Light which centers around a luxury condo that becomes a brief refuge for a family targeted by I.C.E. It’s a powerful depiction of the ever-present threat of deportation in America. The indie short stars Cedric Leiba Jr., Edmond Cofie, Jessica Pimentel (Orange … Continue reading “Alejandra Parody, Elizabeth Phillipson-Weiner”

Pence aide calls NBA Players boycott: “Silly,” “absurd”

Players across the NBA have been adamant that more needs to be done to effect social change after the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  It began when The Milwaukee Bucks did not take the floor before the start of Game 5 against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, an action they later stated was due to … Continue reading “Pence aide calls NBA Players boycott: “Silly,” “absurd””

Staff wide walkout at Periscope over BLM issues

This story has been updated. If you’re from Minneapolis, you should be familiar with the funk/rock group The Time’s song, The Walk. The lyrics go, Everybody walk your bodyEverybody walk, yoo-hoo-hooEverybody walk your bodyEverybody walk That is exactly what African American employees, an LGBTQ+ ally and the Copy Department did at Minneapolis-based agency Periscope yesterday. … Continue reading “Staff wide walkout at Periscope over BLM issues”

Our top 21 horror films of the 21st century

On September 11, 2001, we were all witnesses to what will go down in our lifetime as the most horrific event caught on video, film and audio. Of course, I’m talking 19 terrorists, who hijacked four airplanes and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennyslvania. Real horror. Throughout … Continue reading “Our top 21 horror films of the 21st century”

George Floyd: A look back at the best ads

It was one year ago today that George Floyd was viciously and callously murdered by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who held his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes. For three of those minutes, Floyd was unconscious. His final words of “I can’t breathe” become ignited a global movement demanding racial justice. Since then, a … Continue reading “George Floyd: A look back at the best ads”

Pandemic Academy Awards ratings anemic

Things didn’t go exactly as planned for Hollywood’s biggest night. In a year, where Hollywood held back most of its biggest films due to the pandemic, the 93rd Academy Awards drew its smallest audience ever. While the awards tried to change things up in a year that saw a tragic pandemic take and shut down lives, … Continue reading “Pandemic Academy Awards ratings anemic”

REEL WOMEN: D&G’s Natalie Gomez

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2021 REEL WOMEN. During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready, they are making “Herstory.” As a second-generation Mexican-American (Habla español), … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: D&G’s Natalie Gomez”

REEL WOMEN: Hue&Cry’s Trish Janovic

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2021 REEL WOMEN. During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready, they are making “Herstory.” Trish Janovic is an NYC based … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Hue&Cry’s Trish Janovic”

2020 in Review: Our favorite advertising campaigns

It’s hard to remember back in February 2020, when the Kansas City Chiefs bested the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV and Parasite was winning Best Picture, no one was talking about COVID, the election and Black Lives Matter. We had no idea we were only a few weeks and months away from all … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Our favorite advertising campaigns”

ADCOLOR announces noms for 14th annual awards

ADCOLOR announced the nominees and honorees for the 14th Annual ADCOLOR Awards. Since 2007, the awards have highlighted and honored the achievements of diverse communities in the advertising, marketing, PR, media and entertainment industries. They recognize those who go above and beyond to make a difference and embody the organization’s call to “Rise Up, Reach Back.” … Continue reading “ADCOLOR announces noms for 14th annual awards”

7,500 Post-it notes make up mural celebrating unity

Minneapolis has had quite the challenging year. First the city, like others, was crippled by the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Then it became the epicenter of the Black Lives Matter movement after George Floyd was brutally killed at the hands of four policemen. Before all of these events transpired, 3M had tapped BBDO Minneapolis earlier … Continue reading “7,500 Post-it notes make up mural celebrating unity”

Fall Festivals team up for “United Platforms”

The fall film festivals of Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York have all agreed to join forces during this very strange year of 2020 and offer “United Platform” which organizers believe will better service filmmakers, audiences, journalists and industry professionals. Venice is meant to take place Sept. 2-12, TIFF begins on Sept. 10 and runs … Continue reading “Fall Festivals team up for “United Platforms””

P&G asks White America to choose anti-racism

“Being white in America is not needing to state your life matters,” a new and striking Procter & Gamble spot reads. “And when your life matters, you have power. Now is the time to use it.” The Cincinnati-based brand has released a powerful spot, called “The Choice.” Targeted at White America, the 1:15 ad asks … Continue reading “P&G asks White America to choose anti-racism”

Ben & Jerry’s releases powerful BLM statement

Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s, which has long supported Black Lives Matter, has made a passionate plea on its website late Tuesday, mourning the death of George Floyd. Floyd was murdered on May 25 by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who held his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes. Threes of those minutes … Continue reading “Ben & Jerry’s releases powerful BLM statement”

Brands react after a weekend of Floyd protests

As America raged this past weekend, making it loud and clear that it has had enough of police brutality targeted at Black people, major brands, networks and ad agencies took to social media to make their stand against systematic racism which is rampant in the United States. Late Friday night, we reported that Nike was … Continue reading “Brands react after a weekend of Floyd protests”

Director Marc Meyers on his new film ‘Human Capital’

As the world turns to steaming videos for escapism, a film to keep on the radar is Human Capital, based on the book by the same name by author Stephen Amidon.  Written by Oren Moverman (The Messenger) and directed by Marc Meyers (My Friend Dahmer), the film premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival … Continue reading “Director Marc Meyers on his new film ‘Human Capital’”

Carmichael Lynch debuts new campaign for U.S. Bank

More and more in this intense racially-charged climate we exist in, brands are not only embracing diverse groups and their stories, the are allowing them to become their superpower. That diverse superpower, which is a part of the American fabric, is now also on display in a lovely new campaign from U.S. Bank and Carmichael … Continue reading “Carmichael Lynch debuts new campaign for U.S. Bank”