Saturday Morning: 8:46 Films to honor George Floyd

Creative collective Saturday Morning has launched a new creative platform to showcase up-and-coming Black filmmakers and storytellers and honor the legacy of George Floyd, through a partnership with Tribeca Studios and Procter & Gamble’s ‘Widen The Screen’ initiative.  Debuting today, June 18th as part of the Tribeca Festival Juneteenth Program, 8:46 Films features four narrative short stories told … Continue reading “Saturday Morning: 8:46 Films to honor George Floyd”

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”

George Floyd: 1 year later brands grapple with diversity

Today marks a somber anniversary as it was a year ago Minneapolis police murdered George Floyd. While his death was a harrowing reminder of the threats Black men face every day from public servants, the tragedy also served as a wake-up call to White America as well as brands. As the nation recognizes the anniversary … Continue reading “George Floyd: 1 year later brands grapple with diversity”

Director of We Are George Floyd, Julian Marshall

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 We … Continue reading “Director of We Are George Floyd, Julian Marshall”

Lester Holt to anchor George Floyd funeral from Houston

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 News … Continue reading “Lester Holt to anchor George Floyd funeral from Houston”

George Floyd demonstrations: In photos

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 defined … Continue reading “George Floyd demonstrations: In photos”

LIVE: Watch Memorial Service for George Floyd

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 at … Continue reading “LIVE: Watch Memorial Service for George Floyd”

Writers Guild East releases statement on George Floyd

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 the … Continue reading “Writers Guild East releases statement on George Floyd”

Tiger Woods hopes Floyd tragedy can spark change

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 homicide. … Continue reading “Tiger Woods hopes Floyd tragedy can spark change”

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”

Cannes Lions: Ad Council presents new creative for Love Has No Labels

Premiering at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the Ad Council and R/GA launched a series of powerful new films from the iconic Love Has No Labels campaign using real stories to showcase how acts of love can drive inclusion, equity and justice. Building on the campaign’s longstanding effort to address bias, hate, and discrimination, the … Continue reading “Cannes Lions: Ad Council presents new creative for Love Has No Labels”

IPG CEO addresses Uvalde shooting in memo

It was an attack nothing short of demonic. On a typical Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas, an 18-year-old gunman, wearing body armor, crashed his car in a ditch near the Robb Elementary School, then entered the building and proceeded to rob 19 students and two teachers of their lives. The senseless and cowardly act of terrorism … Continue reading “IPG CEO addresses Uvalde shooting in memo”

She Runs It: BIPOC industry growth drops from 13% to 5%

Today, She Runs It released its 4th annual #Inclusive100 report on the state of inclusion and diversity across marketing, media and tech. The report is the industry’s first DEI initiative that uses data to measure progress and share the actionable ideas and practices that truly make our industry’s workforce more diverse and the workplace more inclusive.  In … Continue reading “She Runs It: BIPOC industry growth drops from 13% to 5%”

She Runs It honors “Women of the Year”

In pursuit of its mission to pave the way for more women to lead at all levels of marketing, media and tech, She Runs It routinely celebrates women and men who transform and set the pace for the industry, including an annual salute to three leaders who best embody the fearless spirit of the organization: Women of … Continue reading “She Runs It honors “Women of the Year””

Cleveland Indians change name to Guardians

Going… going…. gone. The Cleveland Indians name, which has been in existence since 1915, is outta here. Today, the Cleveland MLB team officially has its new name to The Guardians. The team made the announcement through a video posted to its Twitter account. The new video, narrated by Tom Hanks (Why not Cleveland son, Drew … Continue reading “Cleveland Indians change name to Guardians”

Trump regrets not using military on BLM protests

In a lengthy excerpt published at Vanity Fair from their new book, I Alone Can Fix It, co-authors Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker focus on their hours-long interview with twice-impeached former president Donald J. Trump at Mar-a-Lago, just 70 days after Joe Biden was sworn in as president. “I think if I had it to … Continue reading “Trump regrets not using military on BLM protests”

Williams exposes White fragility with Black anthem

Vanessa Williams, the first Black woman crowned Miss America in 1984, award-winning actress, and singer, is no stranger to controversy. Almost on brand, she inadvertently created another storm of conflict by simply singing a song for our nation’s Independence Day.   According to The Hill, the talented actress and vocalist will perform Lift Every Voice and … Continue reading “Williams exposes White fragility with Black anthem”

Syn: Unites with Black Theatre to Stand for Change

International music agency Syn has joined forces with New York-based non-profit organization, Black Theater United (BTU) for select placement of their inspirational song Stand for Change. The aim of the placement is to secure licensing proceeds to support BTU’s mission to Unify, Advocate and Educate for racial equity and social justice.  Stand For Change was … Continue reading “Syn: Unites with Black Theatre to Stand for Change”

Hollyshorts: 2021 Festival announces live dates

Oscar-Qualifying Hollyshorts Film Festival is returning in a major way for its 17th edition. Today, the festival organizers have announced the dates for this year’s short film extravaganza, which has emerged as one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious short film festivals. The festival has hosted A-list talent and filmmakers for 17 years including … Continue reading “Hollyshorts: 2021 Festival announces live dates”

Candyman: Juneteenth message from Nia DaCosta

Candyman first appeared on film in Bernard Rose’s 1992 cult classic as a vengeful, mystical entity, a victim of a brutal hate crime who externalizes his pain in the same community that once turned against him. Juneteenth is a day that has historically recognized the perseverance and power of the Black community. Over the last … Continue reading “Candyman: Juneteenth message from Nia DaCosta”