Lawyer Creates Website For Diversity in the Entertainment Field

Attorney Jaia Thomas decided that there needed to be one central location to find diverse talent when it came to staffing up behind-the-scene teams in the entertainment industry. Up until this point, one was left to put staffs together piecemeal, which for the most part, came by way of recommendations from industry peers.

Thomas launched the platform, succinctly titled, Diverse Representation, which is a comprehensive database featuring African American entertainment agents, attorneys, managers, and publicists. She has currently focused the list on the Los Angeles area but the plan is to grow and scale it nationally, hitting two other major talent hubs next. “Over the next several months the database will grow to include other markets such as New York and Atlanta,” stated Thomas.


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Diverse Representation was created to expand the conversation surrounding diversity in the entertainment industry. “Oftentimes, when we speak about diversity in the entertainment industry it is limited to the perspective of those names and faces we see on screen,” said Thomas. “Rarely do we speak about it from the perspective of those doing the legwork behind the screen who represent those talents by negotiating fair deals and fostering relationships for future work.”

There are still gaping racial disparities when it comes to those hired to represent talent and there are several layers to this. Not only is the lack of representation coming from the talent hiring a diverse team, but it also hails from the network and studio side. This list will hopefully provide awareness of who is out there.

Some prominent names found on the list include Dana Sims from ICM Partners, Nina Shaw from Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano, and Everett Johnson from Williams Morris Endeavor who have been known to represent some of Hollywood’s most successful African American talent.

To check out the full directory, click here.

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How Wrestling Has Become Entertainment for Everyone

Earlier this year, I attended my first independent wrestling show after a long love affair with the sport, and a growing interest in Australia’s wrestling scene. Standing in the queue, I made idle conversation with a gentleman who soon turned to me in surprise, proclaiming, “You know a lot about wrestling, don’t you?” While he didn’t go so far as to add ‘for a girl’ to his churlish statement, the implication was as clear as his surprise.

Wrestling has long been seen as a sport ‘by men, for men’, an exclusive club dominated by masculine ideals and misogyny. But wrestling, like any entertainment medium, changes with the times, and recent years have seen it blossom into a unique and brilliant art form with stories and characters for everyone. It’s part of the reason why I love wrestling so much. 

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Condé Nast Entertainment, Netflix Team for Docu-Series on IPL’s Mumbai Indians

Netflix and Condé Nast Entertainment have partnered on a new unscripted series focused on Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise the Mumbai Indians. The eight-part series will follow the storied cricket team as they attempt to win the IPL for a record fourth time. It will spend time with players in the 2018 season, both on and off […]




Do you stay up late waiting for Game of Thrones recaps to go online? Did you spend hours obsessing over all the hints you missed in Get Out? Are you still completely obsessed with Harry Potter? We’re all entertainment geeks here at EW, and we’re looking for recent graduates who are as passionate about pop culture as we are. We need you to be well-versed in at least one of the areas we cover (TV, movies, music, and books).

Daily responsibilities include writing news posts for the website and some typical entry-level tasks, such as opening mail, transcribing interviews, fact-checking for print, and monitoring online feedback. A motivated intern will also have the opportunity to write TV recaps, report stories for the magazine, learn our print fact-checking procedures, cover red carpets, attend movie screenings, and more.

This isn’t an internship for someone who thinks they might be interested in entertainment journalism; it’s an internship for someone who lives and breathes pop culture. The ideal candidate will have impeccable research, reporting, and writing skills, and will already have completed at least one internship.

WHEN: 4-6 months, beginning April 2018; 40 hours/week, including some night and weekend hours, at $ 12/hour

WHERE: Los Angeles

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a résumé, cover letter, and 3-5 previously published clips to

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Bustle Is Hiring Work-From-Home Writers to Cover News and Entertainment

If you’ve got a passion for writing about news, politics, astrology or TV and film, take a look at these part time, remote jobs at Bustle Digital Group.

Bustle is looking for writers to cover news and politics for its women’s news and lifestyle website.

Bustle’s sister publication Elite Daily is hiring an astrology writer and a TV/film writer for its news platform geared toward millennials.

A representative for Bustle told me that the pay for these jobs is commensurate with experience.

If none of these jobs is for you, be sure to check out our jobs page on Facebook, where we’re always listing new work-from-home jobs.

News Reporter at Bustle

Responsibilities include:

  • Covering a variety of politics, policy and general news issues
  • Analyzing and reporting current events of interest to millenials
  • Filing at least two 600-word pieces per day
  • Performing in-depth investigations
  • Reporting on breaking news

Applicants for this position must have:

  • Availability to work either Sunday to Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Thursday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
  • Two to five years’ experience in journalism with a news publication
  • Experience in investigative reporting, breaking news and analysis
  • Strong communication and pitching skills
  • An established network of sources
  • The ability to manage multiple articles at the same time

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News and Politics Writer at Bustle

Responsibilities include:

  • Writing about politics, women’s issues, national news, global news, health, tech, science, crime and more
  • Writing breaking news quickly
  • Juggling multiple articles at once
  • Applying search engine optimization to each article
  • Monitoring social media for viral and top news stories
  • Incorporating digital content into articles

Applicants for this position must have:

  • Availability to work either Sunday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Monday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. or Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • A degree in journalism, communications, political science or a related field
  • At least two years of writing or blogging experience
  • Strong journalistic integrity and ethics

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Astrology Writer at Elite Daily

Responsibilities include:

  • Writing astrology, zodiac, horoscope and new-age content
  • Pitching article ideas
  • Writing three to four articles per day

Applicants for this position must have:

  • Availability to work two or more shifts Monday through Friday
  • A relevant degree and/or previous relevant writing experience
  • A solid understanding of astrology
  • Experience working with various forms of multimedia
  • SEO experience

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TV/Film Writer at Elite Daily

Responsibilities include:

  • Analyzing and writing about TV shows and films
  • Writing three to four articles per shift
  • Pitching article ideas
  • Watching and covering movies and TV shows

Applicants for this position must have:

  • Availability to work remotely at least three days a week
  • Two or more years of experience in reporting, writing, and/or blogging
  • Experience in entertainment writing or TV/film reviewing
  • Solid news judgment

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The Top 10 BAW Entertainment Stories Of 2018

When you think about 2017, there were a lot of big entertainment stories. There was the implosion of the careers of Russell Simmons and Tavis Smiley due to sexual misconduct allegations. There was Beyonce’s babies, Jay-Z’s album and tour and the engagement of a sitting British royal to a divorced, biracial actress commoner named Meghan Markle. But what did BAW readers care about the most this year? Not any of those celebrities.

They cared about RHOA’s Sheree Whitfield and her dream house, Chateau Sheree. Yes, Sheree and her dream house was the top story on this year. You also seem to be quite fascinated by nude celebrities as Celebs Who’ve Posed Nude was our top photo gallery. Hey, we’re a family site! Here is a list of the stories you read most in 2017.

Sheree Whitfield’s Dream House

Was it finished? Did she have to sell it? What was really going on with Chateau Sheree? That’s what you wanted to know. Mind you, this was of more interest to people than the fact that Sheree was dating an incarcerated man. 

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TiVo Taps AT&T Entertainment CTO Enrique Rodriguez as CEO

Veteran tech exec Enrique Rodriguez is leaving AT&T’s Entertainment Group, where he’s served as CTO for a bit over two years, to join TiVo as president and CEO. Rodriguez takes over the job from Thomas Carson, who earlier this year announced plans to retire. Carson, previously CEO of Rovi, had taken over as TiVo’s chief […]



Comedian Louis C.K. admits sexual misconduct, entertainment outlets cut ties

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. comedian Louis C.K. on Friday admitted to sexual misconduct allegations made against him by several women, and television and film companies moved quickly to sever ties.
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Award-Winning Media Exec Amy DuBois Barnett Joins Bryon Allen’s Entertainment Studios and theGrio

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Media executive and award-winning writer Amy DuBois Barnett has been named executive vice president of Digital at Entertainment Studios Inc. as well as the chief content officer of the company’s digital media platform theGrio.


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DuBois Barnett, who was a featured speaker at the BLACK ENTERPRISE 2016 Women of Power Summit, has held senior positions at a number of leading publications. Most recently, she helped lead the development and launch of ESPN’s off-shoot The Undefeated, which premiered in 2014. Prior to ESPN, DuBois Barnett was editor-in-chief of Ebony, where she helped restructure the iconic lifestyle magazine and revamped its website. DuBois Barnett also served as the deputy editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, where she was responsible for overseeing both print and digital editorial teams and helped re-launch the brand’s digital platform. At the beginning of her career, she was editor-in-chief of the now-defunct Honey magazine. During her stint, she landed one of the last interviews with Aaliyah before the singer’s untimely death in 2001. From there, she went on to become the managing editor of Teen People.

Bryon Allen, the founder and CEO of Entertainment Studios, which acquired theGrio in June 2016, praised DuBois Barnett and alluded that the company plans to continue to expand.

“With our motion picture, cable, broadcast television, and digital platform divisions expanding at such a rapid pace, we are totally committed to exploring additional opportunities for acquisitions, content production, and building our assets worldwide,” said Allen in a statement released Thursday. “Amy DuBois Barnett is the perfect addition to our global media company. We are thrilled to have her join our team, and to lead the expansion of theGrio.”

DuBois Barnett, who will report to the Entertainment Studios headquarters in Los Angeles, said she is excited about her new role and helping theGrio expand its reach through digital video production.

“Byron Allen has been breaking ground in the entertainment business for years, and now that he has set his sights on digital media, this is an ideal time to join his company. I am excited by the challenge of taking theGrio, Entertainment Studios’ first digital acquisition, to the next level,” said DuBois Barnett. “I will be focused on creating the dominant video-centric hub for African American perspectives—and on developing a larger digital strategy for ES.”

DuBois Barnett is also the author of the NAACP Image Award-nominated advice book, Get Yours: How to Have Everything You Ever Dreamed of and More.

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Josh Duhamel, James Franco Turn Death Into Entertainment in ‘The Show’ Trailer

In The Show, a thriller directed by Giancarlo Esposito (of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul fame), Josh Duhamel plays Adam Rogers, a reality show host who finds himself in an unusual situation.

Rogers is a Chris Harrison-like figure who hosts a dating show that ends in an attempted murder, wherein the runner-up tries to shoot and kill the winner.

As a result

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Ne-Yo Discusses the Fine Line Between Tech and Entertainment


In the wake of the backlash against Silicon Valley over the lack of diversity in the tech industry, several tech companies have made an effort to open doors to more people of color. For example, at this year’s American Black Film Festival (ABFF), Google hosted a panel discussion titled Decoding Tech: The Next Generation of STEAM Professionals, which addressed the importance of technology as it pertains to entertainment and diversity as a whole.


Google (From the Decoding Tech: The Next Generation of STEAM Professionals panel, presented by Google, during ABFF 2017. Image: Courtesy of ABFF.)


Held at the Betsy Hotel in Miami, BLACK ENTERPRISE Editor-in-Chief Derek Dingle kicked off the panel with opening remarks. Then, Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, head of black community engagement at Google, introduced the panelists, which included Ne-Yo, a Grammy award-winning musician and tech investor; Mekka Okereke, an engineering manager at Google; Emmie Louis, a core team member from Black Girls Code; and Marcella Araica, an award-winning mixing engineer. The panel was moderated by Daraiha Greene, Google’s multicultural strategy lead on CS education in media.

During the discussion, panelists addressed the integration of technology with arts and media, and how this combination has impacted their careers. They also spoke about what it means to be a person of color who works in the tech industry. Ne-Yo argued that part of the reason why there weren’t more people of color working in the tech was due to a lack of knowledge regarding the prerequisites for hiring within this industry, as well as a general lack of awareness about what the industry has to offer overall. An investor in the Holberton School, Ne-Yo actively helps facilitate the education of underrepresented minority youth on tech fundamentals.

“Little boys from the hood don’t say, ‘When I grow up, I’m going to be a coder,’” he said during the panel, adding that though these children might be playing video games, they are not making them. “But, I’m trying to change that,” he continued.


Google (Ne-Yo and Marcella Araica. Image: Courtesy of ABFF)


Okereke also revealed that he has experienced racial profiling in the tech industry, even while walking around the Google campus where he works. Additionally, Greene stressed the importance of spotlighting people of color in tech, and not just for the sake of modifying the current perception of the tech industry. If these achievements were highlighted on a more consistent basis, then these people could serve as positive role models for minority youth to look up to. This could, in turn, could encourage more children of color to explore tech as a plausible future career path.

In an interview following the discussion, Butterfield-Jones, an organizer of the panel, told BLACK ENTERPRISE why Google decided to sponsor this year’s ABFF, stating that the purpose of the panel was to demonstrate “the range of opportunities for people of color in tech.”



“We wanted to demystify what it means to work in the tech industry. Whether someone aspires to be a music producer, or an engineer in the television and film industry; there is a space for you to do that in the tech world. If you think about the television and film industry, you guys are the gatekeepers to our community. So, if we want to change the face of tech, we have to consider strong media partnerships. ABFF is the destination to go, if you want to engage with talented filmmakers, television producers, executives, and writers,” Butterfield-Jones said.

“I hope every attendee walked away [from this panel] with a better understanding of how they can work in the tech industry—not just as an employee, but also as an entrepreneur,” she added.


Google (From left to right: Derek T. Dingle, Daraiha Greene, Ne-Yo, Marcella Araica, Mekka Okereke, Emmie Louis, and Valeisha Butterfield-Jones. Image: Courtesy of ABFF)
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12 Of The Most Shocking Entertainment Stories Of 2016

Over the past 12 months, the world has thrown some pretty hard punches our way, often leaving us all in a state of shock or disbelief.

In January, we lost music legend David Bowie, and a few months later, Prince followed him to the stars. Then, Hollywood’s most famous union fell apart. Yep, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie split, and it wasn’t pretty. Of course, no year would be complete without some Kardashian kontroversies, and 2016 was full of them. 

Check out our list below for 12 of the year’s most shocking moments in entertainment. 

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