HBO held multiple exciting events at The Loft by HBO during Essence Fest in New Orleans.
On Friday, July 5, 2019, HBO hosted the Human By Orientation Gallery Exhibit. As a continuation of HBO’s Human by Orientation initiative, HBO partnered with Queer | Art for an exhibition featuring the artwork of Lola Flash. Human By Orientation is a platform that highlights the universal humanity of all people regardless of ethnicity, orientation or gender identity. The campaign encourages the powerful dialogue needed to humanize the LGBTQ+ community as multifaceted individuals with experiences that celebrate otherness.
To kick off a jam-packed Saturday, July 6, 2019, HBO hosted an intimate, custom workout morning session called Motivation & Movement with Angela Manuel instructed by international fitness evangelist and motivational coach Angela Manuel Davis.
Later that morning, HBO held their HBO POV: Black Ladies in Comedy Brunch where Insecure’s Natasha Rothwell (Supervising Producer & Actress) joined A Black Lady Sketch Show’s Dime Davis (Director) and Lauren Ashley Smith (Head Writer) to chat about creating comedic hits, being a black woman at the top of your game, and the process of rising to the top. The conversation was moderated by The Read’s Crissle West.
Following the brunch, HBO also hosted A Black Lady Sketch Show Screening, Panel, and Mixer where the stars of A Black Lady Sketch Show – Robin Thede (Creator), Quinta Brunson, Ashley Nicole Black, and Gabrielle Dennis – sat down to discuss the need for A Black Lady Sketch Show, the process of its creation, and what to expect this season. The discussion followed a screening of the pilot episode and was moderated by culture writer Jamilah Lemieux.
To close out the weekend, on Sunday, July 7, 2019, HBO in partnership with Black Girl in Om, hosted a special yoga session complete with a workout as well as affirmations in The Loft.
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