Howard University and Amazon Studios are giving African American students a big opportunity. This opportunity is so big that it has journalism students at other universities burning in envy. The new program ‘Howard Entertainment’ will create a pipeline for African American students to work with Amazon entertainment executives, and diversify the entertainment industry.
Howard Entertainment will be located in Los Angeles, California, and allows students to take academic courses during the spring, followed by a fellowship in the summer. In addition to receiving real-world experience in the industry and networking, the chosen students will receive course credit toward graduation. Students at Howard University will have the opportunity to apply as long as they’re upperclassman or graduate students.
The process will not be an easy one though. Students must complete the application before competing in a rigorous interview process. Hand-picked industry officials and Howard faculty will conduct the two-semester program.
This collaboration is a power move for both Howard University students and African Americans within the entertainment industry. Not only is this collaboration creating more jobs for African Americans looking to break into the industry, but it’s also diversifying the content that reflects them. Be on the lookout for Howard journalists and producers, as Howard Entertainment gears up to launch in 2020.