Cornel West Keynotes "Here Are All the Black People"


Sep 18, 2013

Creative Career Fair Held at Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC on Monday, September 23rd

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 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 for more information about Here Are All the Black People. Visit for a live stream of the event.

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