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24 SAG-AFTRA | Spring 2018 | Scene Around CELEBRATING BLACK EXCELLENCE From left, SAG-AFTRA Secretary-Treasurer and Los Angeles Local President Jane Austin, National Executive Director David White, filmmaker Reginald Alan Hudlin, former AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris and Ruth E. Carter, the costume designer for Black Panther, at SAG-AFTRA Plaza on Feb. 27 for two ICON MANN Sessions Film Panels. ICON MANN is a program that celebrates influential black men. This year it hosted a celebration of Isaacs' career and a conversation with Carter about the making of Black Panther. A MONSTER EVENT AT SUNDANCE From left, producer Aaron L. Gilbert, writer Cole C. Wiley, director Anthony Mandler, executive producer John Legend, actor Kelvin Harrison Jr., producer Mike Jackson, producer Nikki Silver, SAG-AFTRA Diversity Advisory Committee Chair Jason George, and producer Tonya Lewis Lee at the Blackhouse Foundation panel discussing the film Monster. The panel, which was moderated by George, took place Jan. 20 in Park City, Utah, and examined issues of social and criminal justice raised in the film. CASTING NATIVE AMERICANS Jason Grasl, member of the SAG-AFTRA National Native Americans Committee, moderates The Business of Acting: The Landscape of Native American Casting on Nov. 16 with panelists Beth Klein, executive vice president of talent and casting at Universal Television, and Casting Society of America Vice President Russell Boast. PANEL MAKES HISTORY SAG-AFTRA leadership, including President Gabrielle Carteris, National Ethnic Employment Opportunities Committee Chair Vivicca Whitsett and National Executive Director David White, joined a talented group of multihyphenate panelists for SAG-AFTRA's Black History Month celebration Making History: The Legacy and Future of Black Entertainment at SAG-AFTRA Plaza on Feb. 28. The panel discussed the landscape of black entertainment, the accomplishments of African-Americans in entertainment and careers strategies. ERIK UMPHERY MAURY L. PHILLIPS ANTONIO GILBREATH IMAGES MAURY L. PHILLIPS

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