during Homecoming week, the forum featured Jeff Friday,
founder of the American Black Film Festival; actress
Tracie Thoms of “Cold Case” and Broadway’s
“Rent;” Depelsha McGruder, senior vice president
of business operations for Centric; and other Howard
alumni. NBC Universal and DreamWorks Studios, co-sponsors
of the event, also had recruiting representatives speak
to students interested in internships and career opportunities.
sisters say they recognized a disconnect between the
alumni working in entertainment, and the students interested
in it and saw HOWARDwood as a chance to bridge the gap
between the two.
contributed so much to the woman I am, and we want to
pay it forward,” said Adia. “We know the
great legacy of Howard in Hollywood—in front of
and behind the camera—and we want to continue
that legacy with this program, and then we want the
people in this program to continue the legacy when they
become actors and agents and moguls.”
Noce, a senior public relations student who served as
an intern for HOWARDwood, believes the event was a huge
success. “I think this is only the beginning for
worked as an intern with International Creative Management
in Los Angeles this past summer, and was able to bring
the student perspective to the planning and execution
had to go to Los Angeles with Dr. [Tia] Tyree to find
these opportunities,” Noce said, “so to
be able to bring everything I saw back to Howard with
me was a very rewarding experience.”
Schell, a senior marketing student, saw HOWARDwood as
a chance to network his way into the entertainment industry.
“I was able to meet with a casting director and
a talent agent within minutes, something most people
spend months and months trying to do,” he said.
“It was an amazing opportunity, and I’m
anxious to see what will come from it.”
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