25 Jul 2019
Studio 525 , New York
Join us as we bring colorism to the forefront in a panel discussion across entertainment industries– fashion, dance, and entertainment. Panelists will share their first-hand experiences, expose our role in perpetuating colorism, and discuss effective strategies to resist these biases. We welcome all who come with an open mind ready to be a part of our first, of many, important conversations to be had about colorism. Members of the audience will be able to interact with panelists following the discussion.
Luam, International Celebrity Choreographer and Creative Director. Luam has worked with artists and projects such as Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Nike, Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Robin Thicke, Britney Spears, Kanye, Reebok, Janelle Monae, X Factor, American Idol, America’s Got Talent and more. She has obtained cult popularity among the dance community all over the world with her teachings and passion for spreading inspiration.
Sharifa Murdock, Founder of ENVSN Fest and Liberty Fairs. Sharifa Murdock has arrived at the top of the fashion industry confidently and wearing this season’s most coveted shoes. A founding team member of Project, one of the industry’s contemporary fashion forums, Sharifa has maintained a strong grasp of industry trends and emerging brands. She is currently a founding partner, at Liberty Fairs where she concentrates on bringing new brands to life through the industry’s newest menswear showcase. Additionally, she founded “The Brooklyn Intern,” an organization that works closely with high school students to give them the opportunity to experience exclusive internships in the fashion industry. Sharifa is also on the board of directors for the 14+ Foundation, an initiative to construct schools in Africa. Most recently she has worked with African Health Now and PetalsNBelles.
Amaya Allen, TEDxVanderbilt Colorism Talk and Vanderbilt Student. Amaya Allen is a Vanderbilt University sophomore studying Law, History and Society and Communications Studies on a pre-law track. Originally from Queens, New York, Allen graduated from Medgar Evers College Preparatory School with honors in 2017 and received a full tuition Posse Foundation Scholarship. At Vanderbilt, Allen is a resident advisor for E. Bronson Ingram residential college and is involved in many student organizations including Caribbean Student Association and Evolve. During her summers, Allen has interned at The Asia Society as well as QBE North America. After she graduates from Vanderbilt, she plans on attending law school in the New York tri-state area.
Laurise McMillian is the Content Strategy Editor for the Refinery29 Instagram team. As a founding member of @r29unbothered, the company’s IG for Black female empowerment, Laurise is an industry leader in all things audience development and digital growth. Prior to R29, Laurise has done social media for Fox Searchlight, MTV, ELLE magazine, Seventeen magazine, Girls’ Life magazine, Urban Outfitters and more.
Raven Roberts, Founder of Own Your I Am and Celebrity Fashion Stylist. Raven Roberts, who about seven years ago began styling in Los Angeles, California. Raven quickly made a name for herself working with publications like ESPN Magazine, Allure, and Bleu Magazine along with celebrity talent like Naturi Naughton, Diggy Simmons, Jay Williams, Katherine McNamara and Daveed Diggs. Today Raven is based in New York City has quickly become one to watch in the fashion industry not only behind the scenes, but also in front of the camera (featured in campaigns for Clairol, Carol’s Daughter, MTV EMAS and on Essence.com)