Join the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) on the eve of the 40th NAACP Image Awards for a public forum on the infrequent intersection of African American and LGBT images in media. The panel will explore the historical under-representation of these images, the ongoing advocacy efforts to promote the telling of these stories and the professional issues and challenges facing openly gay African American artists. Panelists will discuss the importance of inclusive stories being told, particularly in the wake of California's Proposition 8.
National Black Justice Coalition and the
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Host
"Knocking Down the Door: Black LGBT Images in Media"
Co-sponsored by the Screen Actors Guild LGBT Actors Committee and the Beverly Hills-Hollywood Branch of the NAACP.
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009; 7pm - 9pm
WHERE: Screen Actors Guild
James Cagney Board Room, First Floor
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036-3600
PARKING WILL BE VALIDATED
Confirmed panelists include:
•Willis Edwards, Member, National Board of Directors, NAACP; Vice Chair of the NAACP Image Awards
•Deondray Gossett, Writer/Producer/Director, "The DL Chronicles"
•Maurice Jamal, Writer/Producer/Director, "Dirty Laundry," "The Ski Trip"
•Sonja Sohn, Actor, "The Wire"
•J. Karen Thomas, Actor; Founding Member SAG LGBT Actors Committee
Rashad Robinson, Senior Director of Media Programs, GLAAD
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