Howard University and Amazon Studios aim to diversify entertainment industry

Howard University and Amazon Studios announced the first class of their joint Howard Entertainment fellowship program at a press event Thursday night.

“This is the first program of its kind with a premier institution like Howard University,” Amazon Studios head of diversity, equity and inclusion Latasha Gillespie said.

Twelve students were selected for the interdisciplinary program in Los Angeles, California, which aims to diversify the entertainment industry by creating a direct pipeline for marginalized students to train hands-on with entertainment executives. The program begins in January, and students will spend the spring taking classes before spending the summer embedded in fellowships.

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