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Issa Rae Presented with “Trailblazer Award” at The Hollywood Confidential

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Insecure’s Golden Globe Nominee Issa Rae

Presented with “Trailblazer Award” at

The Hollywood Confidential

(Issa Rae)

Credit: Getty Images / Desiree Stone


An open forum for aspiring actors, producers, writers and directors to gain insight on the inner workings of the industry.


Brand Maverick Entertainment (BME) president and event creator, Steve Jones, moderated a conversation with Golden Globe nominee Issa Rae (creator and star of HBO’s Insecure) at the fourth installment of The Hollywood Confidential on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills as a celebration in recognizing the closing of Black History Month.

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Powered by Walgreens and presented by SAG-AFTRA, the panel focused on elements of acting, beauty, health, fitness and the breakthroughs taking place around diversity and inclusion.

Special highlights of the evening included opening remarks from SAG-AFTRA President, Gabrielle Carteris; a pre-conversation panel moderated by host Stacy Ike and featuring actors Dawn-Lyen Gardner (OWN’s “Queen Sugar”) and Logan Browning (Netflix’s “Dear White People”); and Rona Forte (Walgreens Diversity Specialist) presented Issa Rae with the Trailblazer Award for her breakthrough in the entertainment industry positively impacting diversity and inclusion.

(L-R: Event Creator Steve Jones, Issa Rae)

credit: Hollywood Confidential

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The event, designed to educate aspiring industry professionals on the inner workings of the entertainment industry. The last panel installment, sponsored by Chick-Fil-A and returning sponsor Walgreens was hailed as an unquestionable success, including participation from the cast of The Perfect Guy (Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy).

Brand Maverick Entertainment (BME) is a boutique brand management firm led by 10-year industry professional and brand strategist Steve Jones. BME specializes in positioning their clientele’s product within world’s view through tailor made, scalable solutions.

Areas of focus include digital marketing, endorsement deals, product development, TV, Film and more.



SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other entertainment and media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. A proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO, SAG-AFTRA has national offices in Los Angeles and New York and local offices nationwide representing members working together to secure the strongest protections for entertainment and media artists into the 21st century and beyond. Visit SAG-AFTRA online at


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