HBO MAX’S Scene In Black, Celebrates Creatives in New Orleans

Last week, HBO Max celebrated storytelling, music, and culture with the following events at The Chicory and the Ace Hotel in New Orleans.

Scene In Black presented by HBO Max c

Day One

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

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.

Edward Buckles, Jr.
Edward Buckles, Jr.

Day Two

Table Setting at the POV Bruch presented by HBOMAX

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.

Left to Right: Hannah Diop and Felicia Leatherwood
Left to Right: Hannah Diop and Felicia Leatherwood

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.

KaMillion, Aida Osman
Left to Right: Gia Peppers, Issa Rae, Syreeta Singleton, Sadé Clacken Joseph, Aida Osman, KaMillion
Left to Right: Gia Peppers, Issa Rae, Syreeta Singleton, Sadé Clacken Joseph, KaMillion, Aida Osman
Issa Rae & Syreeta Singleton
Left to Right: KaMillion, Syreeta Singleton, Issa Rae, Aida Osman

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.  

DJ Set
Rapper Kali
Rapper Kali
Lightskin Keisha

Day Three


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.

Left: Right: Sadé Clacken Joseph, Aida Osman
Syreeta Singleton

Rap Shit streaming on HBOMAX July 21st

From Executive Producer, Issa Rae, Rap Shit is coming to HBOMAX on July 21st.


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 JosephAida OsmanKaMillion, 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

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Author: Goddess Giselle

Welcome to My World of Imagination! I’m Giselle, also known as Goddess Giselle. I’m the Founder and Creator of Giselle Avenue - a space in the metaverse to fully express myself. When I'm not creating here on the Ave. I'm spending time with my loving Husband, Corderius and our long-haired 5 year-old, gray cat -- Mister Sidney. Thank you for traveling, be sure to stop by every page here on the site!

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