Last week, HBO Max celebrated storytelling, music, and culture with the following events at The Chicory and the Ace Hotel in New Orleans.
On Friday, July 1 HBO Max curated a mixer to celebrate and uplift the creative community of New Orleans with ‘Katrina Babies’ Director Edward Buckles Jr.
Directed by Edward Buckles, Jr. — (pictured above) — Katrina Babies offers an intimate look at the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its impact on the youth of New Orleans. The documentary is coming soon to HBO, you can learn more about the show by visiting the official HBO website.
On Saturday, July 2 HBO Max POV hosted a conversation over brunch to highlight multicultural and behind-the-scenes talent within HBO Max programming.
Curls and Convo
That afternoon, Felicia Leatherwood, head of the hair department of HBO Max’s Rap Sh!t, and Hannah Diop, Founder of Sienna Naturals, conducted a live hair demo, celebrating Black women and diverse hair textures.
Rap Sh!t Screening
Later that evening, Issa Rae’s new comedy series, Rap Sh!t, premiered an exclusive screening and hosted a conversation featuring the stars of the series.
And to round out the evening, Scene in Black took over the Ace Hotel with a DJ set and surprise musical guests Kali and Light Skin Keisha to bring the essence of Rap Sh!t to life.
Finally, on Sunday, July 3 Scene in Black partnered with RNBHouseParty to host a creator’s brunch, bringing influencers and tastemakers together for the weekend finale.
From Executive Producer, Issa Rae, Rap Shit is coming to HBOMAX on July 21st.
ABOUT SCENE IN BLACK
Scene In Black recognizes and celebrates Black creators and audiences alike while providing a haven for our viewers to see themselves in HBO Max programming. We elevate Black cultural experiences and spotlight Black representation to cultivate a supportive community for our audience.
We engage our audience all year round via social media profiles, experiential events and strategic partnerships that nurture our audience while strengthening our brand connection.
FEATURED GUESTS: Creator/Executive Producer Issa Rae, Showrunner/Executive Producer Syreeta Singleton, Director Sadé Clacken Joseph, Aida Osman, KaMillion, Showrunner/Executive Producer Rikki Hughes, Director Edward Buckles Jr., Director Joe Guidry, Celebrity Hair Stylist/Hair Department Head, HBO Max Rap Sh!t Felicia Leatherwood, Co-Founder, Sienna Naturals Hannah Diop
PHOTO CREDIT: Dorothy Hong/Warner Bros. Discovery/Team Epiphany