Writer, producer and actress Issa Rae created her own path by starting out in the online/web space, but has since transitioned to television and is now one of Hollywood’s much-watch talents. Her new show, HBO’s INSECURE, took the world by storm this past year with its ridiculously hilarious punch lines, private rap battles and a killer musical selection. It also earned her her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a TV Comedy or Musical.
F. Gary Gray has been making moves behind the camera since 1989 and has brought some of today’s most buzzworthy and top box office films to the silver screen. Gray directed his first film, the urban comedy "Friday," at age 24 and has since gone on to direct some of the biggest names in film, including Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey and Academy Award-nominee Samuel L. Jackson in "The Negotiator." Up next, he will direct the eighth installment of "The Fast and the Furious" franchise.
Terrence Howard is a man of many talents. Best known for his current role on Fox’s Empire as malicious music mogul, Luscious Lyon, the real Terrence Howard is also a musical force. His self-taught talent is on full display in several of his earliest film appearances including Ray and Hustle and Flow. The Columbia Records signee completed his debut album in a mere five days, and went on to write music for a number of his on – screen characters. His big screen performances have earned him: a BET Award, five NAACP Image Awards, and Oscar and Golden Globe nominations among them.
Denzel Washington is a veteran and iconic figure whose exemplary performances in film and on the stage have been recognized by his peers and loyal fan base. His unforgettable performances have garnered him two Academy Awards, three Golden Globes, and countless other awards. Denzel’s current project, the critically-acclaimed film adaptation of August Wilson’s "Fences," in which he produced and directed, also earned him a 2017 Oscar nomination.