Conversation First will explore unforeseen events that took place prior to the protests, and the death's of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and Rayshard Brooks that ignited the fire to this explosive story of injustice of murder.
Conversation First will also go behind the scenes of The Black Lives Matter movement not only to highlight their policy on police brutality but also to share and explain their vision of couragement of police reform but also to bring awareness and END systemic racism.
Systemic racism first begins with identifying the disparities in criminal justice, housing, healthcare, employment, politics, and education. Redlining basically meant it was impossible for black and brown people to own homes. Banks and the real estate industry determined which neighborhoods would receive loans and what type of people would live in the neighborhoods.
Conversation First gives a direct insight into these stories and troubled community's problems all over the world.
Our platform will discuss and debate issues such as white privilege and wealthy takeovers which are results in the growth of the racial wealth gap in America.
In America this led to the areas that were redlined not have access to the tax support needed for schools, transportation, and health care systems; which ultimately led to over policing.
HIlena Lena Mellese an African American woman. I identify as Ethiopian ethnicity. I was raised in the St. Paul suburbs of Minnesota. I completed schooling in Minneapolis at Augsburg University with a Bachelor’s in Business Marketing and relocated to Los Angeles in 2015. I am currently studying film and have starred as the lead female in an independent film released in early 2020.
McKinley Horton first played keyboards and toured for several years with Harold Melvin and his legendary group, The Blue Notes. Now, a veteran music producer and songwriter, McKinley has created great hits for Vanessa Williams’ and he is a collaborator of legendary music producers Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Organized Noise, Sleepy Brown and Outkast, and countless other industry giants. He has contributed to hit film soundtracks for such features as “Shaft2000”, “Snakes On The Plane”, “Miami Vice”, and “Money Train.”
Today, McKinley is expanding more creatively into Television and Film, Music Licensing, and Book Publishing. He also is Chief Operating Officer for Shamack Pictures, which is currently in pre-production for the upcoming movie the GhostDancer
Robert Lott is the President of Teamwork Media Group International, Digital Media Producers.
Lott is one of only a handful of producers with a successful track record in syndication with his first syndicated hit, “The Gavin & Lott Show” that he also co-hosted and aired for 2 years in 1982 – 1984 covering over 75% of the country.
He was President for 4 years of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Black Music Association and a member of the National Executive Committee.
Over the years Bob has worked with many of the recording artists in the stable of the legendary production duo of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International Records, including Teddy Pendergrass, McFadden & Whitehead, Patti LaBelle, Bunny Sigler, The O'Jays and many, many others.