John is a two-time Emmy nominated filmmaker with an eye for documenting under-recognized creative communities. His biographical portraits have aired globally. Battle Sounds, his film about DJ culture, premiered at the coveted 1997 Whitney Museum Biennial.
Director, Producer, Editor, DP
Tracy is an accomplished entertainment journalist. With over 25 years of experience, she has written for numerous media outlets including the Associated Press, Essence, Rolling Stone, AARP, Broadway World Dance and Dance Retailer News.
TRACY E. HOPKINS
Debbie Allen is an actress, dancer, choreographer, television director and producer. She is currently an Executive Producer on Grey’s Anatomy. Her directing and producing credits include Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, Empire, and A Different World.
Charles is a TV and Broadaway Writer and Director. He directed Motown The Musical on Broadway, and has directed episodes of Greenleaf and Katy Keene for TV. He currently is in production on three musicals: American Prophet (Arena Stage, DC); Orfeus (Young Vic, UK); and the re-release of his musical Blue (Apollo Theater, NYC).
Ron Gillyard is a trusted marketing and media executive who has served as president of Urban Music at Interscope Records, head of Urban Music at J Records, and general manager at Bad Boy Entertainment. He produced the BeBe & CeCe Winans musical, Born for This.
Prue Arndt has uncovered footage and photos for numerous award-winning documentaries including, I Am Not Your Negro (2016 Oscar Winner), The Opera House, Project Nim, African-American Lives w. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley, and Free to Run.