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West Hartford Chamber to Host ‘Colorful Conversations – The Entertainment Industry’

The West Hartford Chamber of Commerce’s Minority Business Network will host the forum ‘Colorful Conversations – The Entertainment Industry’ on Nov. 16.


The West Hartford Chamber of Commerce, through its Minority Business Network, will hold the next in their Colorful Conversations series on Thursday, Nov. 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom and Facebook Live. The Q&A-based forum will center round the entertainment industry through the lens of persons of color.

Minority Business Network co-founder and West Hartford Chamber board member, Steven King, Jr. of FOURtitude Management, will serve as moderator for the hour and a half event. In addition to sitting on the West Hartford Chamber’s Board of Directors, King himself is a performer and music producer with the groups Soul Sound Revue and SKJ Experiment.

Panelists for the forum are: June Archer – Television/ Media Host and Music Executive; Evolyn Brooks – Show Runner & Producer; Mousa Kraish – Actor & Director; Monica Leigh – Actor; and Germiane Miller-Summers – Publisher & Media Executive.

The Minority Business Network is a committee of the Chamber. It was founded in early 2020 as a means of providing visibility, networking opportunities and resources to Chamber members who are also members of underrepresented racial, ethnic, and religious populations. Their mission is to “increase visibility of minority-owned businesses, provide a discussion forum for the unique challenges faced by minority professionals, and increase diversity of Chamber membership.”

“I am excited to moderate, what I am sure will be an engaging and thought-provoking conversation with our panelists on the past, present and future of the entertainment industry from their perspective as people of color” says King. “We have assembled a group of participants, with backgrounds from varies industries, who will bring their own unique experiences to the forum.

“While I will be guiding the discussion, these Colorful Conversations always deliver productive & dynamic dialogue among our guests. You won’t want to miss this one!”

Colorful Conversations is the continuation of a series of roundtable forums the committee co-facilitated in late 2020 with Charter Oak State College Foundation. The three-part Shea Lecture series focused on disparities and inequities regarding access to capital, education, food and healthcare in minority

Comcast Business and Liberty Bank are sponsors of the event. To register for the Zoom visit: https://business.whchamber.com/events/details/colorful-conversations-the-entertainment-industry-12681?calendarMonth=2023-11-01

For more information on the West Hartford Chamber’s Minority Business Network, visit the website.

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