Macy’s at Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta, Georgia continued the celebration of African American culture with a distinguished panel discussion that included some of America’s most unique, stylish and community conscious talent on Friday evening.
The Conversation Café joined local media and an excited audience in listening to spirited and thoughtful dialoged from Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Taye Diggs, Chef G. Garvin and Illustrator Shane Evans as they all provided personal insight into their rich family backgrounds and how their worlds have been shaped by various experiences, both professional and personal and the like.
We were presented with a trailer from Jurnee’s latest project Underground which is centered on a planned escape of slaves from a Georgia plantation in conjunction with the aid of an abolitionist couple. Series writers definitely infused an interesting twist that the American TV audience has not been quiet accustomed to. There are other noteworthy actors also, Aldis Hodge, Myketi Williamson, Christopher Meloni and John Legend is an executive producer. The series will air on WGN beginning in March 2016.
Taye and Shane’s lifelong friendship has brought about collaboration on a children’s book worth noting. “Chocolate Me” authored by Diggs and illustrated by Evans gives insight into the world of a brown boy who embarks upon the lessons of self-esteem and self-awareness. The book can be purchased from any major book outlet.
Chef Garvin candidly gave words of encouragement to inquiring listeners and also made known his many adventures behind the scenes as a producer. Look for an upcoming project featuring newly married Keshia Knight Pulliam. Garvin’s cooking genius topped off the night with light refreshments that left the audience’s palate enthused and singing appreciation and praise.
Checkout other scenes from the event below: