Courtesy of Howard University
**FILE** Courtesy of Howard University

Howard University has teamed with Amazon Studios to announce the launch of Howard Entertainment, a program designed to diversify the entertainment industry by creating a pipeline for African American students and other marginalized populations to train and study alongside entertainment executives.

The program will be an immersive two-semester experience located in Los Angeles that offers Howard University students the opportunity to take academic courses during the spring semester and participate in a fellowship in the entertainment industry during the summer semester.

“The vision of Howard Entertainment is to offer a one-of-a-kind experience for students interested in all aspects of entertainment, from project green-lighting, to PR and marketing, to entertainment law and finance,” said HU President Wayne A.I. Frederick. “This relationship aligns with Howard’s strategic goals of enhancing academic excellence and inspiring new knowledge. Collaborating with Amazon Studios will enable us to marry academia and industry efforts to build a robust workforce of diverse entertainment industry leaders. With Howard’s proven track record of developing some of Hollywood’s most notable actors, comedians and musicians, this next-level collaboration will enable us to have even greater impact.”

Students will have to engage in a competitive process to be selected for the program. To qualify, they must be enrolled as a Howard University student, be an upperclassman or graduate student and will have to complete an application and interview to be considered for the program.

The new program, to be taught by Howard faculty with the support of Amazon Studios employees and other industry professionals, is slated to begin with the spring 2020 semester.

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