The Macro X HBCU Summit Goes Digital and Global This Year

The second annual MACRO X HBCU Entertainment Summit will go virtual this year, but the panels, conversations and inspirational messages will still be presented by some of the most talented and intelligent brothers and sisters in the game.

The event features appearances by award-winning actor, director and producer Kenya Barris and Black KkKlansman star John David Washington (Morehouse College Alumnus) MACRO Founder & Chief Executive Officer Charles D. King, Steve Pamon (Morehouse College Alumnus), NBA star Chris Paul and Black Media boss Terrence J as well as a host of industry executives, experts and influencers—many that are HBCU alumni.

This year’s event will premiere online on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 10:00am EST on

Additionally, one DJ from 10 different HBCUs, representing different regions and styles of music, will create their own brand-new playlists, available to stream on Amazon Music. The event is also open to the public.

Last year’s event took place at storied Howard University with the stated goal to engage and educate students about a swath of careers, opportunities and inroads toward success in the media and entertainment fields.

The digital nature of this year’s summit means the MACRO X HBCU Entertainment Summit will indeed be global but still available to students enrolled at Historically Black Colleges and Universities in America.

Participating institutions include Alabama A&M University, Clark Atlanta University, Florida A&M University, Grambling State University, Hampton University, Jackson State University, Morehouse College, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University, Spelman College, Tennessee State University, Texas Southern University, Tuskegee University, Xavier, University of Louisiana, Savannah State University and Howard University.

Below is an abbreviated itinerary of the event.


  • A MACRO Conversation with Kenya Barris.  Moderated by Charles D. King, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, MACRO.MACRO Founder & CEO Charles D. King (Howard University School of Law Alumni Alumnus) sits down with writer, producer, actor and showrunner Kenya Barris (Clark Atlanta University Alumnus) to discuss their journeys in this business and also provide words of inspiration and encouragement for students looking to enter the business.


  • About That Action.  Powered by Shea Moisture.  

A fireside chat with future NBA Hall of Famer, Chris Paul, on using your voice and platform to lead the charge for social justice. Moderator: Terrence J, Actor/Influencer (North Carolina A&T University Alumnus)
Panelist;  Chris Paul, NBA Player, Oklahoma City Thunder (Winston-Salem State University Student)


  • When and Where I Enter: Black Women At The Seat of Power.  Powered By Amazon Studios.

A roundtable of baller Black women on the business side of entertainment, discussing the strategies they used to make their voices be heard and respected in white and male dominated spaces.

Moderator: Latasha Gillespie, Executive Head, Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Amazon Studios

Panelists: Inga Dyer, Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, MACRO (Howard University and Howard University School of Law Alumna)

Karen Toliver, Executive Vice President, Creative, Sony Pictures Animation

Niija Kuykendall, Executive Vice President, Film Production, Warner Bros. Pictures


  • Creators & Manifesters

A roundtable discussion about utilizing skills and gifts that are often undervalued and overlooked and turning them into a career. Manifesting your dreams by activating your unique skills, gifts and interests.

Moderator: Stacey Walker King, Chief Brand Officer, MACRO

Panelists: Jasmyn Lawson, Editorial Manager, Netflix, Mark Anthony Green, Special Projects Editor, GQ, Quinn Wilson, Creative Director, Lizzo


  • The Playbook: How to Actually Break Into The Industry

This panel will educate viewers on the strategies and skills you need to finally get your foot in the door. What to do, what not to do and what it takes to survive and thrive in entertainment will be discussed.

Moderator: Krystal Franklin, Senior Digital Producer (Grambling State University Alumna)

Panelists: Ahmadou Seck, Director, Development, MACRO Television Studios, Brandon Lawrence, Agent, CAA (Morehouse Alumnus)

All attendees must register to attend at

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