Jun 24, 2019
Leading thought leaders gathered to explore how media’s digital revolution can create opportunity for the Black community.
At META Convened by BET, leading Black entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and cultural icons gathered in Los Angeles to discuss how they can work together to use technology to advance the Black community.
META—which stands for Media, Entertainment and Technology Alliance—Convened was the brand’s inaugural social impact conference and served as a lead-in to the BET Awards. It was created to spotlight how technology, which continues to disrupt the entertainment industry, can also be used to enable marginalized and underrepresented communities.
“BET Networks is uniquely positioned to convene thought leaders from across sectors for this timely dialogue about the power of media, entertainment and technology to positively impact the African American community,” said Scott Mills, president of BET Networks.
At the two-day event, panelists—including Queen Latifah, Tyler Perry, Lee Daniels, Rev. Al Sharpton, Jemele Hill, Donna Brazile, and DJ Khaled—discussed how media can change cultural stereotypes; how the rise of online video, experiential marketing, and artificial intelligence has the potential to elevate Black stories and Black representation; and the 2020 election.
Here are three important themes that emerged during the panels: