Cornel West Keynotes “Here Are All the Black People”

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Cornel West will deliver the keynote address at "Here Are All the Black People," a career fair promoting diversity in advertising, promoted by The One Club.

Dr. Cornel West is a compelling voice for equality and diversity in America. We're honored to have him involved with Here Are All the Black People.

The One Club (, producers of the prestigious One Show Awards, announced today that Dr. Cornel West, a prominent public intellectual and equal rights advocate, will deliver the keynote address for Here Are All the Black People ( A creative career fair promoting diversity in advertising, Here Are All the Black People, will be held on Monday, September 23rd at the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th Street in Manhattan.

Cornel West is best known for his social activism, commenting regularly on the role of race in American society on networks such as CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC and PBS as well as programs such as Real Time With Bill Maher and The Colbert Report. West has degrees from Harvard and Princeton, and is the recipient of more than 20 honorary degrees and an American Book Award.

“Dr. Cornel West is a compelling voice for equality and diversity in America,” said Traecy Smith, Director of Diversity at The One Club. “He has the unmatched ability to bring attention to issues that normally fly under the radar. We’re honored to have him involved with Here Are All the Black People and have no doubt that he will deliver a rousing address that will inspire and motivate all those in attendance.”

In its 4th year, Here Are All the Black People draws hundreds of students, recent graduates, freelancers and other working professionals vying for opportunities in a competitive industry. A post-event survey of Here Are All the Black People attendees from the last two years revealed the following results:

  •     21 landed internships
  •     58 secured mentorships
  •     153 received career advice
  •     96 received valuable portfolio feedback
  •     21 scheduled interviews
  •     17 secured jobs
  •     18 established creative partners
  •     45 made industry contacts

Here Are All the Black People’s event agenda includes portfolio reviews, elevator pitches, mentoring sessions and speaker panels:

The keynote panel, “Killing It in a Cross-Cultural Market,” will be moderated by Ken Wheaton, Managing Editor of Advertising Age, and will feature Rei Inamoto, CCO/VP of AKQA; Kinney Edwards, ECD of Tribal DDB Worldwide; Jimmy Smith, CEO/CCO of Amusement Park Entertainment; José Mollá, Co-founder/Creative Director of la comunidad; and Richard Ting, EVP, Global ECD, Mobile & Social Platforms at R/GA.

The second panel, titled “Creative Ways to Break into Advertising,” will feature panelists who pursued jobs via unconventional means, including Alec Brownstein, film director and award-winning copywriter; Perry Fair, CCO and President of JWT Atlanta, Dallas and Houston; Justin Racz, New York-based creative director and entrepreneur; Casey Neistat, director and filmmaker; and Suroosh Alvi, co-founder of VICE.

Here Are All the Black People takes place on Monday, September 23, 2013 at the Metropolitan Pavilion at West 18 Street in New York, NY. Visit or email diversity(at)oneclub(dot)org for more information about Here Are All the Black People. Visit for a live stream of the event.

About The One Club
The One Club, a non-profit organization, exists to champion and promote excellence in advertising and design in all its forms. Founded in 1975, as part of its mission to promote high standards of creative excellence, The One Club produces the One Show, One Show Design, One Show Interactive and One Show Entertainment. The coveted One Show Gold Pencils are regarded as the zenith of achievement in the advertising world. Its OneScreen Short Film & Video Festival returned from a four-year hiatus in 2012.

In 1995, The One Club established an education department, dedicated to fostering the creative talents of advertising students nationwide. The department administers scholarships to outstanding students in advertising programs at a variety of schools across the country and produces an annual College Competition. As a part of this department, the award-winning One Club Diversity Program conducts workshops, portfolio reviews and outreach to multicultural students around the country.

The One Club co-produced The Real Mad Men and Women of Madison Avenue, a documentary film about advertising in the 50s and 60s through today. Art & Copy, a documentary film produced by The One Club, won an Emmy Award after appearing on PBS Independent Lens.

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