THE HART LEADERSHIP CENTER FOUNDATION AND CITY NATIONAL BANK PRESENT THE 2018
BLACK BUSINESS LEADERS HALL OF FAME
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 USC BOVARD AUDITORIUM
Reception: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 3551 Trousdale Parkway
Program: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Los Angeles, CA 90089
The Black Business Leaders Hall of Fame highlights and celebrates the successful business leaders of Los Angeles. Local community members can nominate individuals and businesses that they feel have made an impact on our community and city.
Launched in 2016, this is the second Black Business Leaders Hall of Fame presented by the Hart Leadership Center Foundation and City National Bank in support of entrepreneurs and their businesses within the Black community.
We hope you will join us in this year’s celebration of the men and women advancing equality in all industries through their remarkable accomplishments and inspiring entrepreneurship.
WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT THIS YEAR’S KEYNOTE SPEAKER, REGINALD HUDLIN
In this year’s conversation, actor and producer Wren T. Brown will interview keynote speaker Reginald Hudlin.
Reginald Hudlin is a pioneer of the modern Black film movement, having written, directed and/or produced features including House Party (1990), Boomerang (1992), Bebe’s Kids (1992), and Marshall (2017).
Hudlin was an executive producer and writer of the TV series Black Panther and executive producer of The Boondocks. He was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar as one of the producers of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained in 2012. In 2016, Hudlin was one of the producers of the 88th Annual Academy Awards. He also served as Black Entertainment Television’s first president of entertainment, from 2005 to 2009.
Hudlin has been honored by The NAACP, The United Negro College Fund, The ACLU, The Sundance Film Festival, The American Film Institute, The San Diego Comic-Con, The African American Film Critics Association, and many more organizations.
ABOUT WREN T. BROWN
Wren T. Brown is a fourth-generation Angeleno and is very proud to be in his fourth decade as an actor, and entering his second decade as a producer and director. Wren has dozens of film, television and theatre credits, in addition to appearing in more than 100 commercials and a broad range of voice-over and spoken word projects.
In 2018, Wren made his Lone Tree Arts Center directing debut with August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Fences.” In 1999, Wren made his debut as a producer with the critically acclaimed feature film, “Boesman & Lena,” starring Danny Glover and Angela Bassett.
In 2007, Wren founded the award-winning Ebony Repertory Theatre, the first and only African American professional theatre company in Los Angeles history, where he serves as its producing artistic director.
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2018 Black Business Leaders Hall of Fame Wrap-up
Posted on October 15th, 2018 by Derêka K. Bennett
After producing numerous of successful animated series such as Bebe’s Kids and The Boondocks, Reginald Hudlin of Hudlin Entertainment has optioned author Joshua B. Drummond’s illustrated children’s book I’m A Brilliant Little Black Boy! for a new animation series entitled Brilliant Boys!
As director and producer of some of the most influential films and television series in the canon of Black popular culture (House Party, Boomerang, The Bernie Mac Show, Django Unchained, Marshall), Hudlin recognizes the importance of Brilliant Boys! and the profound impact it stands to have on the youth.
“It’s important now, more than ever, that we show our boys positive reflections of themselves. Kids respond to what they see. I’m A Brilliant Little Black Boy! is one of the best examples of regular boys having regular experiences. They have their own brand of creative brilliance. We just have to recognize it, channel it into a fun animation series and celebrate it,” says Hudlin.
Brilliant Boys! aims to address the void in animated network programming targeted to African-American children between ages 6 and 11.
“There are no animated series for our boys right now,” says Joshua. “It’s time to address that. I grew up seeing limited reflections of myself, especially in animation form. Today, there aren’t any animated series starring ordinary Black boys just being cool and doing fun things. It’s my intention to help remedy that with Brilliant Boys!”
The 22-year-old University of California at Santa Barbara film student was inspired to pen the book after noticing the scarcity of books with positive messages available for young Black boys. The book gained support from Academy Award winning actors Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson as well as Academy Award nominated filmmaker John Singleton – all of whom provided quotes for the book’s cover.
The subsequent #Bbrilliant campaign for the book included a viral video featuring appearances by actor Vin Diesel, Michael Ealy, Blair Underwood, and Omari Hardwick among others.
Reginald Hudlin shares updates on the project at HudlinEntertainment.com.
My creation, Shuri, now has her own comic book series at Marvel. Here’s the writer of the book talking her:
I spent the first half of summer 2018 producing the movie EMPEROR, based on the true story of Shields Green, who was rumored to have royal heritage. He escaped from slavery and had a series of amazing adventures as he moved north, where he ended up meeting Fredrick Douglass and John Brown.
First up is location scouting.
We saw pretty much every swamp in Savannah, and a few other cities too.
Plenty of reminders where we were.
In the gift shop of one of the forts. I shoulda bought it!
This was in the lobby of the building we used as our production office. I thought that was a good sign.
I like to cover the walls of the production office with research and inspirational images for the film.
Emperor. Something about this image that is undeniably powerful.
Dayo Okeniyi as Shields Green, Emperor.
Got to pick the right gun for each character.
Over the years, there have been many versions of the American flag. You have to pick the right one for the era.
Real snakes were used in the movie!