Seed & Spark, Black & Sexy TV and Color Farm Media are uniting in a joint initiative to increase representation and inclusiveness in the entertainment industry.  Keep it Colorful aims to bring together crowdfunding and streaming platform Seed & Spark with Erika Alexander’s diversity-focused media company Color Farm Media and entertainment and lifestyle network Black & SexyTV, to ultimately help green light 50 pilots from creators of color in 2018 and hopefully empower more. They will focus on educating filmmakers and providing them a platform for better representation on screen as voter registration drives efforts start in July.

Alexander has seen the change that has transpired recently in Hollywood and has an intense desire to help drive the momentum and become a force for change.

“I’ve been in showbiz for three decades and I watched a New Majority of creators of color emerge. Now those creators, previously ignored and disposable, are valuable. We will help them learn the tools and techniques needed to tell their stories. And they will discover they have the power to change the world, forever,” said Alexander. Best known for her roles on Living Single, The Cosby Show, Get Out and Queen Sugar, she’s continuing to use her platform and role as founder of Color Farm to inspire and empower non-traditional creators to take the next step in their work.

“There’s a lot of talk in the industry on how to solve the ‘diversity problem’,” said Emily Best, Seed&Spark founder and CEO. “We’re coming together with one solution: getting work made by creators who have not yet had the chance to make it.”

Keep It Colorful’s educational tour will feature various events, including Q&As with Alexander, workshops with Seed&Spark and panels. The confirmed dates and locations are:

June 2: Cleveland, OH
June 7 – 8: Detroit, MI
Late June: Los Angeles, CA
July 9-13:    Atlanta, GA
July 14: Washington, D.C.
July 19-21: Philadelphia, PA

More dates and locations will be announced for August and September in the coming weeks.

A crowdfunding rally will open for submissions June 18, and launch on September 4 and with a goal of creating more episodic work featuring people of color.

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