The Black TV & Film Collective is a 501c3 development and production hub with a simple mission: to create career advancing opportunities for Black and African Descent artists to achieve financial sustainability within the entertainment industry.
We provide critical production support enabling members to build a strong body of work, supplemented by workshops and labs focused on craft development and networking events to foster relationship building.
There is power in numbers and together there is unlimited potential in what we can achieve.
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Justin serves as Chair of the Board at the Black TV & Film Collective, leveraging his background in strategy, technology and consulting to propel the organization forward.
Justin Lewis is a retail and technology expert with over 10 years of experience priming organizations for growth. Recently as a consultant for A.T. Kearney, Justin helped companies design new business models and services that aligned to emerging industry and consumer trends. Justin is an authority on the future of retail, and currently advises large retailers on how to enable omni-channel offerings.
Justin graduated NYU Stern with an MBA in Strategy and Entrepreneurship, and has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Cooper Union.
Kibi serves as Treasurer of the Board at the Black TV & Film Collective. She is an LA based business executive and Emmy Award winning producer with over 18 years of experience in strategy, business development, media, entertainment, tech, finance and entrepreneurship. Working in Executive roles at Red Table Talk (President), Bloomberg Media (Head of Digital Strategy & Business Development), ABC News (Senior Manager, Business Strategy and Operations), and Broadway Federal Bank (VP/ Business Development Manager) she’s become recognized for her ability to mix comprehensive industry insight, entrepreneurial acumen, and strategic communications skills to build digital businesses and brands globally.
Kibi received her MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and is a Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University, where she earned a BA degree in East Asian Studies.
Ekwa serves as Secretary of the Board at the Black TV & Film Collective. Ekwa has written & directed for both film and television, including her latest narrative feature film, Farewell Amor which premiered in U.S. Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Through Farewell Amor, Ekwa was awarded the 2018 Jerome Foundation Grant, Tribeca All Access Fellowship, Cine Qua Non Lab Fellowship, IFP/No Borders, and Sundance Feature Film Development Fellowship.
Ekwa has been an adjunct faculty at Tisch School of the Arts, as well as a recurring mentor in Mira Nair’s East Africa based Maisha Screenwriting Labs. Currently Ekwa is the resident educational instructor with the African Film Festival, and teaches Screenwriting at The New School and Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, Brooklyn College.
You can follow her on FB, Twitter or Instagram @ekwapics or on IMDB at http://www.imdb.me/ekwa
Huriyyah is an award-winning writer, director and producer whose projects have been invited to the Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, New Voices in Black Cinema, American Black Film Festival and many others. She is a 2018 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow and recipient of the 2020 Sundance Creative Producing Award for Farewell Amor, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in US Dramatic Competition.
Huriyyah is also co-founder of the Black TV & Film Collective, a 1300-member 501c3 dedicated to developing and supporting artists of color. At the Collective, Huriyyah wears many hats, most of which can be summarized as leading this awesome team and being inspired every day by our members.
She holds a BS in Computer Science from Spelman College and an MBA from NYU.
Kahlil Garner is a Co-founder of the Black TV & Film Collective and serves as Vice-President of the Board. He is a New York City filmmaker. Kahlil got his start working in post- production and Community Theater in New York and received his MFA in writing and directing from Columbia College Chicago.
Kahlil has written, directed, and produced both fiction and non-fiction shorts. He is an adjunct professor of Film and Television at the City University of New York, and is in the beginning stages of research on what will be his first feature film. At the Collective, Kahlil leads Membership Engagement and will soon be offering a summer intensive directing workshop.
Laura Fielder is writer, director and producer. She has lent her producing talents to short films and web series such as Little White Lies, End of Season, The Flower Shop, Frankie’s Bakery and Keloid, the Original Series. She has also written/co-written several short film scripts including Payback, created for the 2012 Asian American Film Lab (AAFilmLab), while her first full-length feature script, The Scorpion Twins, was written specifically for the Latin American film market. Milan’s First Day, written by Laura and her directional debut, has screened in national film festivals. Laura is also a proud mother of three.
A member of the Board of Directors of the Black TV & Film Collective, Laura leads Granting and Member Engagement.
Letitia is a multi-hyphenate creative whose works spans, theatre, film and episodic content. Her work has been presented at PS 122, Lincoln Center, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, National Black Theater, New Perspectives Theatre Company, Project Row Houses, BRIC Arts Media among others. She has received funding from Brooklyn Arts Council, BAX, National Performance Network, Puffin Foundation and Harlem Stage/Aaron David Hall.
Letitia’s writing credits include the theatre: The Further Adventures of Gussie Mae in America, MAE and THE (beginning of the End), Free at Last, Dancing in Her Head: The Life of Katherine Dunham, Crawfish Tales, RED, 8
Letitia produced the award-winning short comedy, Pas Honteux and the powerful LGBTQ narrative short Winston. These films were official selections at the Hip Hop Film Festival, Blackstar Film Festival, American Black Film Festival, TIDE Film Festival, Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, Bronze Lens Film Festival and more. Currently, Pas Honteux
In addition to the above, Letitia produces events for NYC Parks and curates the award-winning Movies Under the Stars Programs for Brooklyn. Through this work she has fostered partnerships with the American Black Film Festival, Hip Hop Film Festival, African America Women in Cinema, Black TV & Film Collective and Art of Brooklyn Film Festival. She is a member of the Hemispheric Institute, Harlem Writers Workshop, AFTRA, NY Women in Film & Television, Dramatists Guild, DC 37; and is a proud alum of the University of Texas (BFA, Drama) and New York University (MA, Performance Studies) respectively.
Arinze is an attorney. He currently serves as a senior associate in the New York office Sullivan & Worcester LLP, a full-service corporate law firm. His legal practice consists of representing institutional investors, including regulated funds of funds, family offices and pension plans, making alternative investments in domestic and offshore special situations, growth, buy-out, venture capital, real estate and other private investment funds and co investments. He also represents fund sponsors in the organization, structuring and operation of their private funds. In addition, he assists institutional investors with secondary transactions to purchase or sell portfolios of private fund interests.
Prior to joining Sullivan & Worcester, Arinze was a full-time entrepreneur engaging in various industries, including (i) co-launching and ultimately selling two health-conscious restaurants based in northern New Jersey, (ii) co-venturing in several ground-up and rehab residential real estate investment deals, (iii) performing and releasing mature hip hop music designed to push its listeners to pursue life with integrity and (iv) running a law practice that provided legal and business consulting services to companies that ranged from start-ups to globally-established institutions. Before jumping into entrepreneurial ventures, Arinze was an Associate in the Private Equity Group at Cleary Gottlieb Steen Hamilton LLP for three years, where he assisted top tier private equity fund sponsors in the formation of their private equity funds.
Apart from serving clients, Arinze provides black entrepreneurs with helpful information on how legal strategy is essential in the success of one’s business, as well as other business-related concepts. He provides this information through social media outlets, lectures and, occasionally, music.