3rd ANNUAL ICON MANN POWER 50: ON THE SCENE27 Feb 2015, Posted by Film and Television, Lifestyle in
This year’s festivities saw the fledgling organization expand its media reach, hosting a full day of panel discussions titled the ICON MANN SESSIONS, designed to begin a dialogue and state solutions surrounding the dearth of roles for African Americans in Hollywood. The first panel, entitled “Evolution Of Character,” was moderated by Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Executive Director David P. White and featured a discussion with actors David Oyelowo, Louis Gossett, Jr., Blair Underwood and casting director Robi Reed centered around how things have—and have not—changed in Hollywood through the years when it comes to roles for Black actors.
The latter panel, called “Black Book Value,” was all about box office and delved deep into the argument that Black actors can’t carry films overseas. There were myriad examples disproving that flawed theory by the panelists, which included studio executives Matt Jackson, Jeremy Kleiner, talent agent Charles King and moderator Franklin Leonard.
The 3rd annual dinner was held the following evening at Mr. C in Beverly Hills, with a who’s who of Black Hollywood showing up to celebrate their own. LA.com was on the scene for the red carpet festivities.
Check the accompanying video to see what took place on the red carpet.