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May 2020 Update – Progress During this Downtime

I hope this message finds everyone healthy and safe. Even though regulations are beginning to relax across the country, we are still in the first steps of a long road back. We hope that everyone has a successful return to their personal and business lives. Although we are still reflecting deeply on the loss of […]

Mamie Lang Kirkland: September 3, 1908 – December 28, 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Mamie Lang Kirkland. Mamie was born in Ellisville, Mississippi on September 3, 1908, the second child of Edward Lang, a Baptist minister and Rochelle Moore, a housewife and domestic. Her four siblings including Rosetta, Elizabeth, Edward and Lucille have all preceded her in death […]

Tarabu Betserai Kirkland

Tarabu is the last of Mamie Kirkland’s nine children and has been developing the “One Hundred Years From Mississippi” project for the last several years. Tarabu hails from Buffalo, New York and resides in Los Angeles, CA. Tarabu’s background as a Media Artist, Producer and Administrator includes twenty years in Public Radio having served as […]

Gina Rugolo Judd

Gina Rugolo Judd runs her own talent management and production company Rugolo Entertainment in Los Angeles. Previously, she was a partner at Rigberg Rugolo Entertainment and worked at Relevant Entertainment. Rugolo Judd began her management and producing career at More Medavoy Management. Prior to becoming a talent manager, Rugolo Judd was a leading entertainment publicist […]

Barry Shabaka Henley

Veteran actor Barry Shabaka Henley draws from a rich history of acting in many high profile films, television shows and theatre productions. He most recently appeared in the hit Oscar-nominated film “A Star is Born” with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. He is currently starring in the new CBS Chuck Lorre comedy “Bob ♥ Abishola,” […]

Cassandra Chowdhury

Cassandra is an editor, producer and the co-founder of Mindfruit Studios. Though her career started in commercials and music videos, Cassandra has refocused on documentary and educational content and seeks with each of her projects to make people think more compassionately about the world around them. Cassandra has worked with such clients as National Geographic and […]

Derek Nakamoto

Derek Nakamoto has been a Producer in the Music Industry for more than 30 years. He recorded and performed with Hiroshima of Epic Records. With June Kuramoto, he co-wrote one of the band’s signature songs “Thousand Cranes.” Throughout his career, Derek has worked with industry legends including: Herb Alpert, Whitney Houston, The Jacksons, Michael Bolton, […]

James Seligman

100 YEARS FROM MISSISSIPPI IS DEDICATED IN HONOR OF JAMES SELIGMAN When James met Mamie in 1986 he fell in love with her and became passionate about telling her life story. He made a lifelong commitment to capturing events, documenting history, interviewing people from all walks of life, and telling stories that enrich our lives, reflect […]

Andres Alegria

Andres is a major pillar in the Latino media community; a multi-talented editor, producer, and community activist. Andres Alegria began his career as a producer of news, documentary and cultural radio programming. He produced and hosted programming for 10 years for public radio focusing on Chicano and Latin American affairs. Since then he has been […]

Lynda Obst

Lynda Obst is one of Hollywood’s best known and most successful producers. She has made over 20 movies and TV shows at almost every studio over the course of her long and prestigious career. Her credits include the Christopher Nolan directed Interstellar, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Contact, Hope Floats, One Fine […]