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Press Statement June 2, 2022

NAACP to Host Annual Arts, Culture And Entertainment (ACE) Festival

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On Saturday, June 4, the NAACP will host the Annual Arts, Culture and Entertainment (ACE) Festival to celebrate the power and impact of the arts from an African American perspective.

This year, conversations will feature some of the most influential industry professionals and companies covering topics in television, film, streaming, and music and highlighting pathways to equity and inclusion in entertainment. 


The festival will feature a Black Hollywood Closed-Door Conversation where NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson will discuss the most pressing issues facing Black America and the role entertainment media can play in addressing them. The conversation, moderated by comedian Amanda Seales, will take place at 9:00AM PST in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Ovation Hollywood in Los Angeles, California.

"We need all hands on deck to address the urgent issues our communities face on a daily basis," said Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP. "The arts and entertainment media play a critical role in illuminating and addressing these most pressing issues that impact Black people nationwide. I'm looking forward to a lively discussion at this year's ACE Festival about how we can advance our fight for equality, together." 

Other panels and workshops include "The Importance of Black Television Programming," "A Masterclass: How to Produce in Television and Film," and "You Look Familiar: An Inside Look at the Journey of a Working Actor," among other workshops and panels aimed at honing artistic expression and empowering Black artists.

Register for the virtual and/or in-person experience(s), which begin on Friday, June 3, at this link. Additionally, you can find the full schedule for the festival, including both virtual events on Friday and in-person events on Saturday, at this link.