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Howard, Amazon Team Up to Diversity Entertainment Industry



    Amazon Studios, Howard University Team Up to Diversify Entertainment Industry

    Howard University is teaming up with Amazon Studios and putting 12 students at the forefront of the entertainment industry. News4's Shomari Stone spoke with some of the students who are excited about this potentially life-changing opportunity.

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019)

    Howard University has teamed with Amazon Studios in California to create a program designed to diversify the entertainment industry.

    Howard Entertainment creates a pipeline for African-American students to train, study and learn from Amazon entertainment executives.

    “This is the first program of its kind with a premier institution like Howard University,” Amazon Studio head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Latasha Gillespie said.

    The program starts in January and will have two semesters in Los Angeles.

    “I really hope this experience will give me access to the industry professionals that I look up to,” said Z’Kijah Fleming, one of 12 students accepted into the program.

    “I hope to learn a lot from this experience because I know Amazon is again one of the greatest companies on the planet,” student John Felder-Washington said

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