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The first #BlackActress Panel event was held recently at Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital studios in Los Angeles

*Hosted by MTV/Nickelodeon Degrassi:TNG star Andre Lewis, the first #BlackActress Panel event was held recently at Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital studios in Los Angeles, California.

Addressing a sold out audience, the panelists included Yara Shahidi (Black-ish), Quinta B (Buzzfeed), Keesha Sharp (Girlfriends), and Reagan Gomez (The Cleveland Show).


Hosted by Andrea Lewis: Panelists included Yara Shahidi, Quinta B, Keesha Sharp, and Reagan Gomez.

The audience encompassed a diverse group of influential women of color within the entertainment and creative arts industries. The panel event also included music from DJ Sparks, and catering from Orleans & York Deli, of Inglewood, CA.

The panelists shared their uninhibited opinions, refreshing perspectives, and valuable knowledge on what it takes to be a black actress.

They shared their moments of surprise, sorrow, and success, and galvanized the audience towards unity and solidarity. Held on the same day as the latest Million Man March on Washington, DC, the event was a celebration of the strides that black women have made in the entertainment industry, but also the challenges that they still face.

As Ms. Lewis’ Jungle Wild Productions continues to expand in creating more content and more opportunities for content creators and performing artists of color, stay tuned for more “#BlackActress Panel Events,” and the release of new Black Actress series episodes at

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