By Darlene Donloe
The Television Academy and SAG-AFTRA recently hosted their annual Dynamic & Diverse reception at the newly redesigned Television Academy headquarters in North Hollywood.
Hundreds of industry colleagues, celebrities and execs attended the soiree to celebrate this year's Primetime Emmy Awards® nominees. For the first time in Academy history, performers of color appear in every leading actor category.
Along with saluting the Emmy nominations, DYNAMIC & DIVERSE is also an opportunity to mix and mingle with the community of people of color representing the entertainment industry.
Created in 2013 from an idea by Sharon Liggins, who was an Academy governor at the time, DYNAMIC & DIVERSE has become an annual fixture during the Academy’s Emmy Awards nomination festivities.
(l-r) John Marshall Jones, Hal Williams and Petri Hawkins Byrd
Jason George (Grey's Anatomy)
Television Academy Diversity Committee Co-chairs
(l-r) Hayma 'Screech' Washington and Rickey Minor.
Celebrities in attendance included: Hal Williams (227), Malcolm Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show), Aloe Blacc, Jessie Usher (Survivor’s Remorse), Timon Duckett (Queen Sugar/OWN), Yvette Nicole Brown (Odd Couple/CBS), Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead/AMC), J August Richards (Notorious/ABC), Garcelle Beauvais (Spider-Man), Yvonne Orji of Issa Rae's upcoming HBO series Insecure, Dale Godboldo (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story), Chris Williams, Hudson Yang and Ian Chen (Fresh Off the Boat), Lou Gossett, Lisa Vidal, John Marshall Jones, Niecy Nash, LaMonde Byrd and Petri Hawkins Byrd.
Shirley Gossett and Lou Gossett