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Howardwood Entertainment Event Returns for Fourth Year

Organizers Seek to Inspire Students Pursuing Entertainment Industry Careers
Tiffany Smith-Anoa'i

WASHINGTON (October 16, 2013) – Howard University’s annual Howardwood entertainment event will showcase premiere talent and executives once again in the Blackburn Center on Thursday, Oct. 24.

This year’s guests include For Colored Girls and Sparkle actor Omari Hardwick; Keith Clinkscales, chief executive of Revolt TV; alumni Inga Dyer, Revolt TV’s vice president for business and legal affairs; Fonzworth Bentley of G’s to Gents and Think Like a Man Too; and Tiffany Smith-Anoa'i, vice president of diversity at CBS.

In past years, Charles King, Lance Gross and Wendy Raquel Robinson were among the notable alumni who took part in the event. May Sister Entertainment looks to once again set the bar high when it comes to entertainment workshops. This year’s event will once again feature workshops for aspiring screenwriters, actors and business professionals. Howard University homecoming attracts more than 100,000 attendees each year.

Howard alumni Adia Z. May and Asha Kamali May of May Sister Entertainment created Howardwood, a non-profit organization, in 2010. The sisters are devoted to changing the playing field for students of color interested in pursuing careers in the field of entertainment. The goal is simple: to make direct connections with Howard alumni and others who are blazing trails in Hollywood.

“Our goal is to provide students who have walked the same yard as we did with tangible opportunities in the entertainment industry,” said Asha May. “We are changing the faces of power players in the entertainment industry, and it starts at Howardwood.”

“Howardwood is critical to diversify the playing field in front and behind the camera in film and television,” Adia May said. “Historically, Howard University alumni have broken barriers in the entertainment arena. However, the connection between those alumni and the next generation has been non-existent until now.”

Fonzworth Bentley
Students can register for the workshops and roundtable by visiting

Please join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram by following @HUHowardwood and visit for details about the event. For more information, contact Gregory Taylor, (512) 585-7085 or

Thursday, October 24, 2013

9 a.m. -10 a.m.                      
TV/Film: The Creative Process: Keith Clinkscales, CEO, Revolt TV

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.                       
The Business of Entertainment: Inga Dyer, VP for Business and Legal Affairs, Revolt TV

Noon-1:30 p.m.
Actor Workshop: Tools to Win: Omari Hardwick and Vera Katz, Professor Emerita                      

1 p.m.-2 p.m.             
BET Internship Interviews
1:30 p.m. -2 p.m.                   
Red Carpet / Meet and Greet

2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.                    
Roundtable Discussion

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