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Roslyn M. Brock
Roslyn M. Brock is Chairman of the National Board of Directors for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She made history in February 2010 when she was unanimously elected as its 14th Chairman. She is the youngest person and fourth woman to hold this position.
Brock is currently employed as Vice President, Advocacy and Government Relations for Bon Secours Health System, Inc., in Marriottsville, Maryland. Prior to working at Bon Secours, Brock worked 10 years in health programs at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan.She graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Union University; earned a master’s degree in health services administration from George Washington University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Master of Divinity degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. In May 2010, she received an honorary doctorate degree from Virginia Union University.Brock has been a servant leader with the NAACP for more than 27 years. She is a Diamond Life Member of NAACP and joined the Association as a freshman at Virginia Union University where she was elected President of the Youth and College Division from the Commonwealth of Virginia. One year later, she was elected as a Youth Board Member from Region 7 representing the District of Columbia, Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 1988 as Vice Chairman of the NAACP Board Health Committee, her advocacy for quality, accessible and affordable health care for vulnerable communities resulted in the National Board’s mandate of a health committee for all units in its Constitution. In 2012, she initiated and led the Board’s historic policy decision to support marriage equality and to implement The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative.
An expert grant writer, Brock has secured millions of philanthropic support for the NAACP. From 1999-2010, Brock chaired the NAACP’s National Convention Planning Committee. In this role, she led the Committee to institute fiscal policies that resulted in the Annual Convention becoming a profit center for the Association with average yearly net revenues of one million dollars. For nine years (2001-2010) she served as Vice Chairman of the NAACP National Board. In 2005, Brock created the NAACP Leadership 500 Summit. The Summit’s goal is to recruit, train and retain a new generation of civil rights leaders to the NAACP. Since its inception, Leadership 500 has contributed more than $1.5m to the NAACP to support its civil rights programs.
Brock is a member of the Board of Trustees of The George Washington University, Kellogg Global Advisory Board, American Public Health Association, American College of Health Services Executives, Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, The LINKS and a former Trustee of the Catholic Health Association of the United States of America.
Brock’s leadership skills have been recognized by several national publications and organizations. In 2012, she was the convocation speaker at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and featured as the February 6, 2012 NBC Universal iVillage Woman of the Week. Brock was awarded the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award by The George Washington University; the September 2010 issue of Essence magazine listed her among the “40 Fierce and Fabulous Women Who Are Changing the World,” Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) 2010 “Black Girls Rock,” honored her in its inaugural broadcast and she received the 2010 National Urban League’s Women of Power Award.
Brock participated in the 2008 U. S. Department of Defense’s 75th Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC) reserved for American leaders interested in expanding their knowledge of the military and national defense. She was a guest lecturer on “Alleviating Global Poverty” in Rome, Italy at the 2007 Martin Luther King, Jr. Conflict Resolution Conference. From 2003-2005, Brock was a Young Leaders Fellow with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations to build cross-cultural understanding and professional networks with young Chinese leaders.
Brock’s goal in life is embodied in an African proverb, “Care more than others think is wise, Risk more than others think is safe, Dream more than others think is practical, and Expect more than others think is possible.”
Cornell William Brooks
Cornell William Brooks is the President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most widely respected grassroots-based civil rights organization. In 2014, he became the United States and worldwide are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.
A graduate of Head Start and Yale Law School, Brooks considers himself “a grandson, heir and a beneficiary” of the landmark decision Brown v. Board of Education argued by legendary NAACP litigator Thurgood Marshall. As a civil rights attorney, social justice advocate, fourth-generation ordained minister and coalition-builder, Brooks’ life and experience exemplify the NAACP’s mission to secure political, educational, social, and economic equality for all citizens.Prior to joining the NAACP, Brooks led the Newark-based New Jersey Institute for Social directed the Institute’s successful efforts to win the passage of three landmark prisoner reentry bills in 2010, hailed by The New York Times as, “a model for the rest of the nation.” The historic legislation created a more level playing field for individuals returning home following incarceration, and enabled formerly incarcerated men and women to rebuild their lives as productive and responsible citizens. As part of the Institute’s Equal Justice/Legal Initiative, Brooks oversaw the Institute’s juvenile justice reform work, including successful efforts to reduce juvenile detention rates in New Jersey to historic lows and founding the state’s first community court.
Under Brooks’ leadership the Institute developed workforce development and training programs that delivered education and professional training to over 700 low-income, hard- to-employ residents, and placed more than 500 program graduates in higher-wage jobs. His efforts transformed workforce development initiatives into more market-sensitive and community-responsive interventions by linking the Institute’s training programs to high- demand sectors and employers.
Brooks also galvanized broad support among leaders in New Jersey’s finance and educational institutions for an innovative finance instrument to stimulate urban economic development. Social Covenant Bonds increased demand for local workers and suppliers, complementing the Institute’s supply-side programs of job training, placement and retention. By adding socially beneficial terms to capital construction bonds, urban colleges and universities could commit to meeting benchmarks of local hiring and sourcing in exchange for reduced interest rates. This win-win model appealed to the growing market of socially conscious investors who wanted to secure safe investments and promote the social good.
In 2010, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie selected Brooks to serve on his transition team on the Committee on Homeland Security and Corrections. While in New Jersey, Brooks served as Second Vice-Chair of the East Orange General Hospital Board of Trustees, Vice -Chair of the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority, and on the National Governing Board of Common Cause.
Brooks previously was Senior Counsel with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), working on legal and policy matters promoting small business and media ownership diversity, and directing the FCC’s Office of Communication Business Opportunities. Serving in this capacity, he led efforts to increase financing available to small, minority- and woman-owned businesses through regulatory and industry initiatives. Earlier as a U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney, Brooks secured the then largest government settlement for victims of housing discrimination based on testing, and filed the government’s first law suit against a nursing home alleging housing discrimination based on race.
His civil rights experience includes serving as Executive Director of the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington and as trial attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. As the Executive Director of the Fair Housing Council, Brooks oversaw a regional program of fair housing testing and public education in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and metropolitan Maryland that served as the basis of impact litigation.
Inspired by his grandfather’s 1946 example, Brooks ran as the Democratic Nominee for U.S. Congress for the 10th District of Virginia in 1998, advocating for public education, affordable healthcare and fiscal responsibility.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in political science from Jackson State University and a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology, with a concentration in social ethics and systematic theology. After seminary, Brooks earned a Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal and Member of the Yale Law and Policy Review. He served a judicial clerkship with then Chief Judge Sam J. Ervin, III, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. While studying at Boston University as a Martin Luther King Scholar, Brooks was awarded both the Oxnam-Leibman Fellowship for outstanding scholarship and promoting racial harmony, and the Jefferson Fellowship for outstanding scholarship and excellence in preaching.
As an attorney, activist, congressional candidate, and pastor, Brooks has spoken before congregations of diverse faiths, as well as the United Nations Sub-Committee on Discrimination, business organizations, bar associations, labor unions, civil rights groups, schools, and colleges in the U.S. and Europe. As a columnist, he has written for several newspapers on contemporary politics, ethics, and faith. Brooks, his wife Janice Broome Brooks, and their sons Cornell, II and Hamilton, are members of Turner Memorial A.M.E. Church in Hyattsville, MD.
Emmy nominated, Anthony Anderson is star and executive producer of ABC’s sitcom “black-ish,” one of the breakout comedies of the 2014-2015 season. He plays the main character in the series; a family man that struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle class neighborhood. He stars opposite Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburne.
Next up, Anthony can be seen in Warner Bros. BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT releasing in the U.S. on April 15, 2016.
Anthony was recently seen hosting The NAACP Image Awards, and is set to continue his hosting duties through 2017. This year, Anthony won his second individual Image Award in the category of “Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.” Anderson has also been nominated, for his role as Dre on ABC’s “black-ish,” for both an Emmy Award and a Critic’s Choice Award in 2015.Born in Compton, California in 1970, Anderson has appeared in over 20 films. His performance on “Law & Order” earned him his fourth consecutive NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for the 2010 season. He has received 8 total Image Award nominations in his career. Before joining Law & Order, Anderson starred in the New Orleans-based drama “K-Ville.” Over the years, he has displayed his bountiful talent in the DreamWorks’ blockbuster “Transformers,” directed by Michael Bay, as well as in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar winning feature, “The Departed,” alongside a stellar cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson. Most recently he has been seen in the Sundance film “Goats” and 20th Century Fox’s “The Big Year” starring Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin, directed by David Frankel.
Anderson first gained attention as one of Jim Carrey’s sons in “Me, Myself, and Irene,” and has subsequently appeared in such films as “Scary Movie 3,” “Barbershop,” “Kangaroo Jack,” “Exit Wounds,” “Cradle 2 the Grave,” “Two Can Play That Game,” and “Malibu’s Most Wanted.” He also starred opposite Eddie Griffin and Michael Imperioli in “My Baby’s Daddy,” opposite Frankie Muniz in “Agent Cody Banks 2” and had a cameo in “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.” Anderson brought his talent and humor to the small screen in his own WB sitcom “All About the Andersons” which was loosely based on his life. Anderson appeared in the police-drama television series, “The Shield,” opposite Michael Chiklis and Glenn Close and in NBC’s “Guys with Kids.”
Anderson grew up in Los Angeles. While pursuing his acting career, he continued his education by attending the High School for the Performing Arts, where he earned first place in the NAACP’s ACTSO Awards with his performance of the classic monologue from “The Great White Hope.” That performance, along with his dedication to his craft, earned him an arts scholarship to Howard University.
Anderson currently lives in Los Angeles.
Reginald Hudlin is an innovator of the modern black film movement, having created, written and or directed such beloved films as House Party, Boomerang and BeBe’s Kids, which are some of the most profitable and influential films of his generation. Last year, Hudlin received a Best Picture nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for producing Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. The film won multiple awards including two Oscars and two Golden Globe Awards, and is one of the top grossing Westerns of all time.
Hudlin is the executive producer and writer of the Black Panther animated series, which premiered following a successful multi year comic book run. Hudlin’s stories reinvigorated the classic super hero for Marvel. He was also executive producer of The Boondocks animated series, director the pilot of the hit series Everybody Hates Chris, and was producer and director of several award-winning episodes of The Bernie Mac Show.
From 2005-2009, Hudlin was the first President of Entertainment for B.E.T. Networks, creating some of the network’s highest rated shows during his tenure. While there, he launched a profitable home entertainment division and revamped the news division, which went on to win more than a dozen awards in that period.
Recently, Hudlin directed episodes of Murder In The First, Bad Judge and other hit series such asModern Family, The Office, The Middle, and Psych. Through his production company Hudlin Entertainment, Hudlin produced the 44th NAACP Image Awards last year on NBC, and the 45th NAACP Image Awards this year for TVOne, which was the highest rated show in the history of the network. Hudlin Entertainment is slated to return to produce the 46th NAACP Image Awards early 2015. This summer, he partnered with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and The Hollywood Bowl to produce a live cinematic concert experience titled: The Black Movie Soundtrack which was a critical and commercial success.
Hudlin is a member of several organizations and currently serves on the boards of UCLA School of Theatre, Film & Television and Wasatch.
Phil Gurin, award-winning Producer/Writer and The Gurin Company have been creating, acquiring, selling and producing entertainment programs all over the world. Responsible for executive producing, creating and writing thousands of hours of television across multiple genres including live event, game, music, hidden camera, comedy, stunt, clip shows, docu-soaps and formatted reality, Gurin’s shows have aired on every major U.S. broadcast network, many cable networks, and in over 125 countries around the world. He currently has programs in development with more than a dozen US channels, and the CBC in Canada. Gurin won a 2013 Rose d’Or Award for “Oh Sit!” on The CW, and a 2014 Emmy Award for “Shark Tank” on ABC.
Gurin began his career as a writer on MTV’s “Remote Control” and Nickelodeon’s “Double Dare,” “Make the Grade” and “Wild and Crazy Kids.” He worked for more than 70 companies as a development executive and as a freelance writer/director/producer, before establishing his own company in 1997. He went on to produce “CBS’ Candid Camera” in primetime for four years, which was followed by an extensive run of shows on NBC, including “Twenty One”, “Weakest Link”, “The Singing Bee”, “Miss Universe”, ”Miss USA” and “Miss Teen USA”. Other live events include “NAACP Image Awards” (TV One), “Women Rock” (Lifetime), “US Olympic Hall of Fame” (USA, NBC), “New Year’s Eve Live!”, “Test the Nation”, “KISS Live!” (FOX), and “Joan and Melissa: Live From the Red Carpet” (TVGN). Other noteworthy credits include: “Wanna Bet” (ABC), “So You Think You’d Survive?” (Weather Channel), “Your Chance To Dance” and “Win, Lose Or Pawn” (CMT) and “Now Or Never: Face Your Fears” and “World’s Most Incredible Animal Rescues” (FOX). He wrote “Before They Were Stars” (ABC), “Night-Rap” (HBO) and he executive produced six seasons of GSN’s all-time #1 original program “Lingo”.
Gurin serves on the Board of Directors for NATPE (National Association of Television and Programming Executives), and is on the international Board of Directors for FRAPA (Format Recognition and Protection Association. He developed and produces the prestigious TELEVISION ACADEMY HONORS for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, along with their annual TV ACADEMY HALL OF FAME. In 2013, Gurin served on the jury for the MIP Formats International Pitch in Cannes, France. He speaks and writes frequently on the topic of international formats.