Director of We Are George Floyd, Julian Marshall

1+ Editor’s Note: “The Reel Black List” is our annual spotlight of brothers and sisters in the worlds of advertising, film, TV, music, radio and media who are making a difference through their contributions and creativity on a daily basis. For the next 29 days, you will be able to celebrate wonderful human beings, like, director of … Continue reading “Director of We Are George Floyd, Julian Marshall”

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”

Promising Young Woman, Borat among WGA winners

1+ The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) tonight announced the winners of the 2021 WGA Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for film, television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional categories during a first-time-ever joint, virtual ceremony. Hosted virtually by actor-writer-producer Kal Penn (Clarice), the 90-minute ceremony featured at-home … Continue reading “Promising Young Woman, Borat among WGA winners”

Alejandra Parody, Elizabeth Phillipson-Weiner

1+ 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 … Continue reading “Alejandra Parody, Elizabeth Phillipson-Weiner”

Cherokee Nation demands Jeep rename SUVs

1+ With cultural appropriation currently being targeted and called out by the cultures that have been appropriated, the Cherokee Nation has now weighed in asking multinational auto manufacturer Stellantis N.V. to stop using the tribe’s name on their Jeep brand. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the auto maker’s best-selling model, while the Jeep Cherokee is … Continue reading “Cherokee Nation demands Jeep rename SUVs”

RBL SPOTLIGHT: Hip Hop Artist Joshua Turner

2+ Editor’s Note: “The Reel Black List” is our annual spotlight of brothers and sisters in the worlds of advertising, film, TV, music, radio and media who are making a difference through their contributions and creativity on a daily basis. For the next 29 days, you will be able to celebrate wonderful human beings, like Joshua Turner … Continue reading “RBL SPOTLIGHT: Hip Hop Artist Joshua Turner”

‘Better Call Saul’ dominates WGA Awards

1+ The Writers Guild of America announced their nominations for the 2021 WGA Awards in the categories of TV, New Media, News, Radio/Audio and Promotional Writing during 2020. Winners will be honored March 21 in a virtual ceremony. AMC’s Better Call Saul dominated with five nominations. Other nominees include Amazon Studios’ The Boys, Disney+’s The … Continue reading “‘Better Call Saul’ dominates WGA Awards”

Whoomp! There they are – Tag Team

1+ Editor’s Note: “The Reel Black List” is our annual spotlight of brothers and sisters in the worlds of advertising, film, TV, music, radio and media who are making a difference through their contributions and creativity on a daily basis. For the next 29 days, you will be able to celebrate wonderful human beings, like Tag Team … Continue reading “Whoomp! There they are – Tag Team”

‘Enough’ showcases Gen-Z a Black teen’s struggle

2+ Today marks the release of Enough, a musical cinematic endeavor ten years in the making illustrating the stormy inner world of one optimistic Black teen coming of age in America. The 2021 Oscar-Qualified short charts the young man’s shining optimism as a boy tempered by adult frustrations with systemic racism. The short film is a … Continue reading “‘Enough’ showcases Gen-Z a Black teen’s struggle”

Biden revokes Trump ban on ad agency diversity training

2+ On his first full day in office President Joe Biden kept his promise on signing executive orders which would roll back divisive Trump administration policies. One of these included revoking EO 13950, a ban that curtailed diversity training for federal agencies and contractors. In fact, EO 13950, as it had been known, has now been … Continue reading “Biden revokes Trump ban on ad agency diversity training”

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”