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Release Date: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:00 PM
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“Howardwood” Returns to Howard for Third Year
Event Seeks to Prepare Future Moguls During Homecoming Week

WASHINGTON (October 15, 2012) – With the help of sponsor NBC Universal, “Howardwood” returns to campus for a third year on Thursday, Oct. 18. The event connects students interested in pursuing careers in the entertainment field with Howard alumni and others who are blazing trails in Hollywood both in front of and behind the camera.

Howardwood was created by May Sister Entertainment, (sisters Adia Z. May and Asha Kamali May). This year’s event expands by adding educational boot camp sessions. The three sessions will cover screenwriting, business of show and acting.

Popular actress and Howard alumna Wendy Raquel Robinson (“The Game”) will serve as an acting boot camp instructor. Rounding out the participants are screenwriter and alumnus Dallas Jackson, talent manager Jelani Johnson, film director Sheldon Candis (“LUV”), and NBC Universal Vice-President of Diversity and Inclusion Sal Mendoza. Vera Katz, professor emerita from the Howard University Department of Fine Arts, will instruct acting boot camp as well.

“We are extremely excited to expand Howardwood in our third year to educational boot camps, internship interviews and a round table discussion,” said Asha May. “Our goal is to provide students, who’ve walked the same yard as we did, tangible opportunities in the entertainment industry.”

Adia May added, “Historically, Howard University alumni have broken barriers in the entertainment arena. However, the connection between these trailblazers and the next generation has been non-existent. Howardwood is bridging this gap with the support of Howard University and sponsors like NBC Universal.”

Students can sign up for the Boot Camps and Roundtable Sessions here:

Undergraduate and Graduate students pre-selected by Howard’s Communications, Business and Law Schools can take advantage of the NBC Universal internship interviews.

For more information please visit and join the conversation by following @HUHowardwood on Twitter.

For more information regarding covering the Red Carpet, media interviews or press please contact Jocelyn R. Coleman, Favor PR, (323) 330-0502 or 


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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