Tirrell D. Whitley: September 6, 2019


Media Diversity Summit Held Friday September 13th at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference at the Washington Convention Center

Tirrell D. Whitley

CEO of Liquid Soul and Executive Director of “Brian Banks”


The Multicultural Media Correspondents Association (MMCA), an advocacy organization leading a national call to increase media diversity, in partnership with The Walt Disney Company will present a summit entitled “Diversity in the Media Industry: Obstacles and Opportunities” at the CBCF Annual Legislative Conference.

Representative Val Demings, (D-FL), Chair of the Media Diversity Congressional Braintrust and Representative G.K. Butterfield, (D-NC), Past Chair (114th Congress) of the Congressional Black Caucus, will serve as Honorary Hosts for the discussion. The event will be held on Friday, September 13, 2019, at the Washington Convention Center, Room 207B, from 11:30am, ET – 1:30pm, ET.

Moderated by Tirrell D. Whitley, CEO of Liquid Soul and Member of the Academy of Arts and Science, the panel will feature power players, media executives and notable actors including Terence Carter, Executive VP Drama and Comedy Development, Twentieth Century Fox Television; Michelle Ebanks, CEO Essence Communications; Pearlena Igbokwe, President of Universal Television; Vanessa Morrison, President of Fox Family; Connie Orlando, Executive Vice President, Programming, BET;  and  Randall Winston, Executive Producer, ABC’s black-ish and prequel series  mixed-ish, and co-executive producer of the Freeform comedy series UnRelated.

The robust discussion will highlight the growing concern of policymakers and the public regarding the lack of diversity in media. While top media companies have pledged to invest in a viable solution, the challenge of “group” think, homogeneous coverage and access to ownership remains pervasive.  In this landmark conversation, stakeholders and industry leaders will share their innovative efforts to remove obstacles to diversity and discuss how policymakers can help foster and/or scale these efforts. 

For more information please visit: www.mmcadc.org

More About The Multicultural Media Correspondents Association:

MMCA is a nonpartisan/nonprofit organization leading a call to action to increase media diversity.  In just its fourth year, MMCA has become a trusted convener and facilitator of thought leadership, resource and information sharing and strategic engagement between multicultural media stakeholders, tech and media decision-makers, policymakers and private entities committed to increasing the percentage of diverse media stakeholders and content.

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