Caseen Gaines, Moderator
Caseen Gaines is an author, director, educator, and popular culture historian. He holds an MA from Rutgers University in American Studies, focusing on racial representations in popular culture. He has written for Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, and more. He is the author of "When Broadway Was Black: The Triumphant Story of the All-Black Musical That Changed the World," (available February 2023), the story about how an all-Black Broadway cast and crew changed musical theatre―and the world―forever.
Carell Augustus is a Los Angeles-based photographer whose career has taken him around the world to shoot some of the biggest stars on the planet. After a tour of duty in Germany as a U.S. Army soldier, he set his sights on Santa Barbara, CA to attend the world-famous Brooks Institute of Photography. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Imaging and Advertising, he made his way to Los Angeles where he worked at premier studios Smashbox and Quixote. His celebrity clients have included Viola Davis, Beverly Johnson, Mariah Carey, Elizabeth Banks, Pierce Bronson, Meghan Markle, Serena Williams, Snoop Dogg, and more. Augustus is the author of "Black Hollywood: Reimagining Iconic Movie Moments," available now, a groundbreaking reimagining of Hollywood's most beloved films.
Ali Biko Sulaiman Kamanda
Ali Biko Sulaiman Kamanda is an award-winning filmmaker and social entrepreneur from Sierra Leone, West Africa. He runs BIKO Studios, a cross-cultural film production company, and is the President of Salone Rising, a not-for-profit organization that provides micro-financing and mentoring resources to small business owners in rural Sierra Leone. Ali Kamanda and Jorge Redmond are first-time authors who channeled their feelings over the murder of George Floyd into something positive for the world in their picture book, "Black Boy, Black Boy," available now, that not only disrupts the harmful narrative of absentee Black fathers but also profiles Black male role models. A similar-in-concept "Black Girl, Black Girl" picture book will be coming soon.