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Black Creatives is a global network of over 9,000 creatives in marketing, advertising, technology, media, communications and fashion. We help connect, inspire and advance creatives via our digital channels, live events and personal brand development programs. We're advocates for diversity, tracking the growth and impact of diversity in communications across the US.

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Monday
Mar172014

10 Black Directors to Watch in 2014 by Shannon M. Houston for Paste Magazine

 

It’s a bit of a shame that practically every new director of color whose film has some purpose beyond pure entertainment inevitably gets compared to Spike Lee. One the one hand, it speaks volumes about Lee’s work and his longevity as a director (it’s been 25 years since Do The RIght Thing), but it’s also problematic and disappointing to see that if you’re a black director and you make a good film set in Brooklyn (like Shaka King), you’re dubbed the new Spike Lee. And if you’re a black director and you make a good film with a message about police brutality (like Ryan Coogler), you’re dubbed the new Spike Lee. If you’re a black director and you invoke the spirit of Spike Lee ironically or otherwise (like Justin Simien), you’re, obviously, the new Spike Lee! Sadly, if you’re a black director there’s a good chance that someone is going to either align your work with or against Spike Lee’s.

Even this list, in an attempt to highlight just a few of the exciting projects from many up-and-coming black directors (and a few who have seen some box office success), finds itself inadvertently paying homage to the great Lee. We do this not because we think the new Spike Lee is on this list, but in hopes of changing the dialogue about black filmmakers in general. In 2014, it would be nice to stop looking for the next black director who will stand out in a sea of stories excluding the black experience. And if the success of movies like The Butler and 12 Years A Slave are proof of a growing excitement for more narratives about the black American experience, then we have much to look forward to from these ten directors. Read more here...

 

Monday
Mar032014

New Academy President Pushes For More Diverse Voting Members by Mandalit Del Barco for NPR 

For the first time, this year's best director Oscar could go to a Mexican (Alfonso Cuaron, forGravity) or a black Brit (Steve McQueen, for 12 Years a Slave). That film's lead actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, is also in the running for an award; so is his Kenyan co-star Lupita Nyong'o, who was born in Mexico. This year's nominees are diverse, but the people who vote for the Oscars are not.

In fact, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues to be an exclusive club that is 93 percent white, 76 percent male, with an average age of 63, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"I think people assumed the Academy was pretty homogeneous, and it turned out it was even more so than the worst assumptions," says journalist John Horn. He and a team of L.A. Timesreporters tracked down and spoke with most of the roughly 6,000 members of the Academy.

"When we told the Academy that we had independently confirmed the identities of more than 5,100 voters, there was a gasp in the room," says Horn. "I think they were really embarrassed by the findings of the demographics. They knew they had a problem; they were aware that the image of the Academy was that it was a bunch of old white men. But when they were confronted with the hard data of how old, how white and how male the Academy was, they really had no place to hide." Read More...

Monday
Mar032014

Five Questions With 'Mad Black Men' Creator Xavier Ruffin by Grace Chung for Ad Age

In just a few weeks, Matthew Weiner's acclaimed "Mad Men" will premiere its seventh and final season on AMC -- but before that happens, a young filmmaker named Xavier Ruffin aims to put the black back into the '60s advertising scene with his new online series "Mad Black Men." The satirical show takes a comedic jab at "Mad Men" for its representation of African Americans -- or rather, lack thereof -- and aims to shed light on the real and untold roles of being black in the "Mad Men" era. It launches today on Dailymotion.com.

A son of drug-addicted parents and homeless during a part of his youth, Mr. Ruffin has been known to beat the odds more than a few times. As a bright and talented teen, he was accepted into a pre-college program to pursue his artistic goals, and went on to receive a BFA from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Shortly after, the 26-year-old designer and filmmaker was contacted by a Dailymotion exec who saw his work on music video spoofs via YouTube and worked for the company as a preferred content creator. Last year, he earned backing from Dailymotion to launch his series through the company's Motion Maker's Fund Grant, which allocated $50,000 across 13 winning projects. Read More...

 


Mad Black Men Trailer by MadBlackMen

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Thursday
Feb132014

Ready to Earn Your Tags at the Marcus Graham Project?- By Mikaela Maxwell


“Earn your Tags” is the call for those who want to show they have what it takes to be in the advertising industry. The Marcus Graham Project is back again for the 6th year with their ICR8 Boot Camp. It’s training time Creatives! For one summer, boot camp participants are immersed into an agency-like experience where they are assigned roles in Brand Management, Account planning, Social Media Strategy, Public Relations, Digital/Interactive Design, Copywriting, and Art Direction. They create their own boutique agency, serving as consultants to real-life clients and are guided by industry leaders. 

Previous trainees collectively agree that the MGP ICR8 bootcamp has made a strategic difference in their lives, given many of them a sense of direction, and prepared them for success.

The Marcus Graham Project has a two-fold purpose: To provide the advertising industry with a diverse qualified pool of talent to choose from;  and secondly, to provide young creatives, with an interest in advertising, an opportunity for on-the-job training, industry exposure, and experience.

Black Creatives is proud to support the work of the Marcus Graham Project and it's Co-Founder, Lincoln Stephens. Aspiring Black Creatives, are you ready to “Earn your Tags”?

Apply by Feb 21,2014 for this year’s program at www.marcusgrahamproject.org

Sunday
Feb092014

OgilvyAIR: A New Training Program for Young Creatives

Ogilvy is launching OgilvyAir (Artist In Residence) a new program for young creative talent touted as an opportunity for them to learn the nuts and bolts of great advertising from Ogilvy's leading creatives.

The 18-month program moves Residents through three creative positions, featuring different accounts and roles that expose them to multiple types of work. 

The OgilvyAIR program will also feature weekly workshops hosted by Ogilvy’s award-winning staff. These workshops will focus on a variety of skill sets from craft based exercises, to leadership training.

In the last few months of the program residents will work with Ogilvy NY's Chief Creative Officer to produce a final creative project as a group.

We think Black Creatives should be counted among the first class of OgilvyAIR Residence, don't you?

To learn more about the requirements or to apply, visit ogilvyair.com