Black Carpet Series


The Black Carpet Speaker Series features conversations with top Black professionals in the entertainment industry from across the globe. These accomplished individuals provide valuable insight into their journey and professional experience.  Presented by the Black Hollywood Education Resource Center (BHERC), this speaker series features directors, producers, entertainers, musicians, editors, animators, marketers, cinematographers, composers and more.  BHERC is proud to provide these talented individuals a platform to discuss their careers, influences, latest works, and insights.  The series gives access to a broad range of audiences, communities, colleges, universities and provides valuable insight for all. Join us on the Black Carpet!



Reggie Rock Bythewood & Lisa Whittington

A converstion with Reggie Rock Bythewood- Creator and Executive Producer of the Apple TV Plus Series “Swagger” and Lisa Whittington- Main Title Sequence Artist Apple TV Plus Series “Swagger”. In this episode of the Black Carpet Series, Bythewood and Whittington discuss their artistic collaboration, arriving at a color palette and the inluence of Emmett Till during the development of the “Swagger” series.



Rihannon Giddens & Rissi Palmer

A timely conversation with two amazing women in music: Rhiannon Giddens- Celebrated MacArthur “Genius Grant” Recipient, Grammy Winner, Singer, Fiddle and Banjo Player & Rissi Palmer- Southern Soul Singer, Apple Music Country Radio Host of “Color Me Country” and Singer-Songwriter. This riveting conversation is about their groundbreaking journey, struggle, triumphs and more.



Kasi Lemmons & Gina Prince-Bythewood

The first of the live virtual Black Carpet Speaker Series, this is a timely and rich conversation between groundbreaking female directors, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Kasi Lemmons, on the urgency to tell stories of black women and disrupting the status quo.   These long-time friends and filmmakers have been championed by Sandra Evers-Manly and BHERC since the beginning of their careers when short films from each filmmaker played at one of the organization’s film festivals.  Prince-Bythewood and Lemmons have both gone on to direct influential films including their most recent works respectively, “The Old Guard” and “Harriet.”

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