Brand Maverick Entertainment (BME) president and event series creator, Steve Jones (Producer of OWN’s “Black Love,” “Motherly Love”) moderated a conversation with actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish (“Night School,” “Girls Trip”) who received the “Trailblazer Award” at the ninth installment of Hollywood Confidential on Friday, July 6, 2018 at the The Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, CA in partnership with Essence Magazine.
Jones shared, “…it is through Hollywood Confidential that I have come to learn that service breeds purpose. Purpose and its discovery is why we are all here on earth. It is our job to look within, to listen, and to discern our heart’s song—allowing the lyric and melody to lead us into our God-given destinies…my #1 tip to the aspiring entertainer, you have the power to change the course of your life, simply by creating what you want to be a part of; manifest.”
Powered by Bumble and sponsored by Walgreens, the conversation with Haddish focused on her personal journey and becoming a breakout star, staying true to oneself while in pursuit of one’s career and the importance of mentorship within the entertainment industry.
Haddish shared, “When I read scripts, I always think of 16-year-old Tiffany. Would 16-year-old Tiffany want to see this? Would 16-year-old Tiffany be telling all of her friends “Guess what I’m about to do, let’s go to the movies, let’s see if we can get a fake ID and sneak into this, you think your big sister would want to see this?”
(Photo L-R: Tiffany Haddish, Steve Jones) Credit: James Anthony
Award-winning producer Mara Brock Akil (“Love Is__,” “Being Mary Jane,” “Girlfriends”) made a surprise appearance for a special moment to present the “Legend Award” to veteran producer Ralph Farquhar (“Moesha,” “The Parkers,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood”)—Farquhar has been a mentor for both Haddish and Akil throughout their careers.
Akil shared to Farquhar, “Thank you for changing my life, for seeing something in me. Thank you for creating a space that I could do what I do, so that I could have a dream realized. I know I’m not the only one so I’ll speak for everybody, there’s probably thousands of lives that you have touched.”
(Photo L-R: Mara Brock Akil, Ralph Farquhar, Tiffany Haddish, Steve Jones) Credit: James Anthony
Hollywood Confidential is a free panel event series designed as an open forum to inspire and motivate aspiring actors, producers, directors, and writers while also educating them on the inner workings of the entertainment industry. Past participants include Emmy award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown, Golden Globe-nominated actress Issa Rae, Grammy award-winning recording artist Snoop Dogg and Emmy award-winning actress Regina King.