Washington DC - The Multicultural Media and Correspondents Association (MMCA) hosted its 4th Annual Multicultural Media Correspondents Dinner (MMCD) and Summit on July 9-10 in the heart of the nation's capital. A bevy of entertainment/media luminaries, media industry insiders/influencers, policymakers, executives, corporate and advocacy organization allies attended the exclusive, invitation only gala celebrating this year's honorees, which included radio host icon Tom Joyner, U.S. Representative Val Demings of Florida, and Parker Morse of H Code Media. The Correspondents Dinner, held on July 9 at the National Press Club, was hosted by actresses/comedians Sherri Shepherd and Kym Whitley.
The following day the organization hosted its Media Diversity Summit and reception entitled "“Taking Control of the Media Diversity Crisis” at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.
Complete list of MMCD honorees:
- 2019 Radio Broadcast Luminary - Tom Joyner aka “The Fly Jock”
- 2019 5thEstate: New Media Owner - Parker Morse, CEO, H Code
- 2019 TV Broadcast Journalist – Eun Yang, WRC-TV, News 4, Washington, DC
- 2019 Digital Media Journalist – Veronica Villafane, Publisher Media Moves
- 2019 Congressional Champion - Cong. Val Demings (D-FL)
During the Summit there were important panel discussions held around the subject of diversity in media. Featured panelists included award-winning journalist and author Helen Zia, journalists Dorothy Gilliam & Jeff Yang, who moderated the panel on "Media Diversity Challenges - Then And Now. A second panel featured Carla Santiago, co-founder of UNCMMN, Dujuan McCoy - CEO of Bayou City Broadcasting, Tim Hwang - CEO of Fiscal Note, Londell McMillan - Entertainment Attorney and Erika Alexander of Color Farm Media, who moderated the panel.
Co-founded by David Morgan of David Morgan Partners, MMCA is a nonpartisan/nonprofit organization leading a call to action to increase media diversity. In just its fourth year, MMCA has become a trusted convener and facilitator of thought leadership, resource and information sharing and strategic engagement between multicultural media stakeholders, tech and media decision-makers, policymakers and private entities committed to increasing the percentage of diverse media stakeholders and content. www.mmcadc.org; @mmcadc on all platforms.
The week's events were sponsored by Comcast NBC Universal and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).