Lester Holt to anchor George Floyd funeral from Houston

1+ Tomorrow, June 9, NBC News’ Lester Holt and Craig Melvin will be on the ground in Houston for special coverage of the funeral of George Floyd. Starting at 12 p.m. ET, NBC News will broadcast NBC News Special Report: Remembering George Floyd on NBC and NBC News NOW. Holt will be joined by a team of NBC … Continue reading “Lester Holt to anchor George Floyd funeral from Houston”

George Floyd demonstrations: In photos

2+ The global foot of outrage against racism and police brutality is still pressing down on the gas pedal with no sign of braking. It was a powerful week that saw millions across the world – Black, White, Asian, Indian, LGBTQ+, old, young, in-between – come together and peacefully decry the systematic racism that has … Continue reading “George Floyd demonstrations: In photos”

LIVE: Watch Memorial Service for George Floyd

1+ A memorial service is currently underway in Minneapolis, Minnesota for  George Floyd, 10 days after the Black man was brutally murdered by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The death has ignited a global tsunami of outrage and demonstrations.   The service, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. CST/ 2 p.m. EST, will be held … Continue reading “LIVE: Watch Memorial Service for George Floyd”

Writers Guild East releases statement on George Floyd

1+ The Writers Guild of America East has just released statement regarding the murder of George Floyd and the mistreatment of journalists. They condemn his murder saying, “What happened in Minneapolis is another example of deadly systemic racism. African-Americans have been the victims of injustice for more than 400 years and it continues today.”‘ Read … Continue reading “Writers Guild East releases statement on George Floyd”

Tiger Woods hopes Floyd tragedy can spark change

2+ Following in the footsteps of Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods has now released a statement regarding the murder of George Floyd, 46 years old on May 25. Last week, Floyd was asphyxiated by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes. Two independent autopsies have classified Floyd’s death as a … Continue reading “Tiger Woods hopes Floyd tragedy can spark change”

Brands react after a weekend of Floyd protests

2+ 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 … Continue reading “Brands react after a weekend of Floyd protests”

Congress certifies Biden post U.S. Capitol riot

1+ Congress certified President-elect Joe Biden’s win after being forced to recess for almost six hours after, what resembled the climax from the 2019 film Joker, an angry mob of President Donald Trump’s insurrectionists attacked and breached the U.S. Capitol building. The attack left four people dead, including San Diegoan Ashli Babbit, 35, who was … Continue reading “Congress certifies Biden post U.S. Capitol riot”

‘The Witnesses’ presents many vantage points of 2020

1+ When the pandemic began we all became witnesses to a world outside of our windows. And nothing was ever the same again. The Witnesses is a collaboration between filmmaker Matt Ogens and Invisible Collective, a creative collective dedicated to making diverse and unique voices heard, founded by Justin Polk. For this timely project, Ogens … Continue reading “‘The Witnesses’ presents many vantage points of 2020”

2020 in Review: Our favorite advertising campaigns

2+ 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 … Continue reading “2020 in Review: Our favorite advertising campaigns”

Merry Xmas from Reel 360 and Reel Chicago

1+ No need to dive in-depth into what a dumpster fire of a year 2020 has been. We all know. The pandemic has altered the way many of us view life for good. Even how we celebrate Christmas this year. And we really understand the ramifications of COVID here at Reel 360 and Reel Chicago. … Continue reading “Merry Xmas from Reel 360 and Reel Chicago”

AICP launches the Double The Line Initiative

2+ Through its Equity and Inclusion Committee,  AICP is launching the Double the Line (DTL) initiative, which gives production and post production companies, agencies, and clients the ability to create  opportunities for people of color in the advertising industry. DTL is the brainchild of Ali Brown of PRETTYBIRD, who’s a member of the E&I Committee, … Continue reading “AICP launches the Double The Line Initiative”

Interview: ‘Occurrence at Arverne’s’ Robert Broadhurst

1+ Some of the best selections premiered at this year’s, HollyShorts including the monumental story, An Occurrence At Arverne. The short film, written and directed by Brooklyn-based Robert Broadhurst, follows an unknown man attempting to gain access to an unknown home as a woman entering her car regards him warily. Once inside the home, his … Continue reading “Interview: ‘Occurrence at Arverne’s’ Robert Broadhurst”

New voter campaign addresses police brutality

2+ With just 30 days left before election day, the Courageous Conversation Global Foundation (CCGF), which is focused on racial equity, is launching ‘Vote For Them’.  Created by Goodby Silverstein & Partners, the campaign reimagines election signs by replacing the names of politicians with the names of victims of police brutality. It’s a reminder to … Continue reading “New voter campaign addresses police brutality”

Milwaukee Bucks opt to boycott Playoff Game 5

2+ No fans. And now, no players. In light of the violence currently happening in Milwaukee due to the shooting of Jacob Blake, The Milwaukee Bucks have decided to boycott Game 5 of their first-round series with the Orlando Magic. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the game was originally scheduled to tip off at 4 p.m. ET, yet the Bucks … Continue reading “Milwaukee Bucks opt to boycott Playoff Game 5”

History Made: Biden picks Harris as running mate

2+ History has been made after presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden made the most important political decision of his career. The former Vice-President (8 years under Barack Obama) has announced that California Senator Kamala Harris will be his running mate. Long considered by political pundits as the top contender, the 55-year-old Oakland-born lawmaker has strong … Continue reading “History Made: Biden picks Harris as running mate”

‘Where Are All The Black People’ goes online globally

1+ Prompted by this year’s rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and in acknowledgment of the ad industry’s continued lack of diversity, The One Club for Creativity has rebranded its annual Here Are All The Black People multicultural conference and career fair back to its original name: Where Are All The Black People. The event, typically held … Continue reading “‘Where Are All The Black People’ goes online globally”

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

1+ 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 … Continue reading “7,500 Post-it notes make up mural celebrating unity”

Yessian, Detroit Youth Choir go for ‘Glory’ in BLM

2+ Like so many across America, the Detroit Youth Choir singers and their families have been deeply affected by the collective pain experienced by the black community following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many others, as well as the disproportionate impact Covid-19 has had on black health. They felt compelled … Continue reading “Yessian, Detroit Youth Choir go for ‘Glory’ in BLM”

Hall, Alexander are ready to get Pop’N with new agency

1+ Lori J. Hall and Jessica D. Lane Alexander want brands to show Black consumers they value their lives and not just the dollars they spend. The two former entertainment executives, based in Atlanta, have officially launched Pop’N Creative, a multicultural agency focused on digital and social content creation, and experience design.  The agency is … Continue reading “Hall, Alexander are ready to get Pop’N with new agency”

Jay Nelson on ‘Da 5 Bloods’ short documentary

1+ Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods is enjoying a spectacular run on Netflix. The film, currently at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, is about four African American vets who battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader and the gold fortune he helped them … Continue reading “Jay Nelson on ‘Da 5 Bloods’ short documentary”