Congratulations to our winning filmmakers, graphic designers and writers representing creativity from around the world! We are excited to have these new members of the Urban Mediamakers Winners Circle. Checkout the full winners list.
The 18th Urban Mediamakers Film Festival (UMFF) 2019 was a success because of the actors, filmmakers, content creators, writers, movie lovers and volunteers from around the world. Thank you for coming out October 10-16 to support diverse and inclusive storytellers!
Happy holidays and we look forward to seeing you in 2020!
Urban Mediamakers Team
Media Mogul Leading the Way – Byron Allen, CEO of is a comedian, television producer, philanthropist, and the founder, owner, chairman, and chief executive officer of the U.S. television production company Entertainment Studios.
A Game changer, Byron Allen is leading the challenge of white media powers – Comcast and Charter – for not doing business with wholly-owned Black media businesses in the USA. Using the Civil Rights Bill of 1866 — the very first civil rights bill of the United States — Allen is suing and has won several legal battles against Comcast and Charter.
Kudos to Allen for speaking truth to power and addressing inequity in USA media. We, the Urban Mediamakers, are honored to give Byron Allen the UMFF Vanguard Award 2019 in Gwinnett County, Georgia on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 7:00 pm at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast Hotel in Norcross.
Tyler Perry came to Atlanta living out of his car. Now he owns the largest studio in the United States. Located in southwest Atlanta – SWATS – Perry has turned an old confederate United States Army Base into a site to see. Atlanta has its own Hollywood owned by Tyler Perry. Congratulations Tyler. We are so proud of you.
Written by Cedric ‘BIG CED’ Thornton for Black Enterprise
Astute businessman and comedian Byron Allen has gained support in his ongoing court battle against Comcast from rapper and activist Michael “Killer Mike” Render and The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Both the outspoken hip-hop activist and civil rights group are urging black people to stand with Allen in his $20 billion racial discrimination lawsuit against Comcast, which will be heard in the Supreme Court Nov. 13. Allen also has a similar $10 billion suit against Charter Communications.
Byron filed the multi-billion suits back in 2015 and 2016, arguing that Comcast and Charter violated the Civil Rights Act after he unsuccessfully tried for years to get the cable systems to carry his networks, Entertainment Studios, which were available through rival distributors, including Verizon, Dish, and AT&T’s DirecTV. Both Comcast and Charter, however, assert that race was not a factor in their refusal to carry stations under Allen’s production company.
Read the entire Black Enterprise article.