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“MOVING ON UP? THE CHANGING FACE OF RACE ON TELEVISION”

THE FIRST ISABEL SANFORD LOS ANGELES SCHOLARSHIP EVENT RAISES FUNDS TO BENEFIT MINORITY STUDENTS IN ENTERTAINMENT & PERFORMING ARTS

Ms. Sanford’s long career in the business of acting was remembered at the inaugural fundraising event for the scholarship in her name at the Emerson College Los Angeles Center. The event, held at the Writers Guild of America West, was titled “The Changing Face of Race on Television since ‘The Jeffersons’” and featured a screening of the first episode of the series, followed by an interactive industry panel discussion on issues of diversity in the portrayal of race on television.

A panel of entertainment industry professionals discussed issues of diversity in the portrayal of race of television at the Writers Guild of America West at the inaugural fundraising event for the Isabel Sanford Los Angeles Scholarship at the Emerson College Los Angeles Center.

(L to R: Ebony and Jet Magazine west coast editor Aldore Collier, casting director Monica Swann, “The Jeffersons’” actor Ned Wertimer and writer/producer Maiya Williams).

Sponsored by TV Land and Sony Pictures Television, panelists included veteran character actor Ned Wertimer (who played the role of Ralph the Doorman on “The Jeffersons”), producer/writer Maiya Williams (“What’s Happening Now,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and, currently, “MAD TV”), casting director Monica Swann (“The Parkers,” “The Steve Harvey Show,” “In Living Color,” “Phat Girlz”) and Aldore Collier, west coast editor of Ebony and Jet magazines.

Jim Lane, executive director of the Emerson College L.A. Center hosted the event. The panel discussion and audience question-and-answer session was moderated by Brad Lemack, Ms. Sanford’s long time manager and current faculty member at the school’s L.A. Center.

The Isabel Sanford Los Angeles Scholarship Fund was established shortly after Ms. Sanford’s death to assist a currently enrolled Emersonian, preferably a minority student who is receiving financial assistance, with the costs of participating for a semester in the school’s acclaimed Los Angeles Program.

The L.A. Program, established in 1988, affords students the opportunity to participate in entertainment industry internships and academic classroom studies with industry professionals.

The Isabel Sanford Los Angeles Scholarship, created in her honor, is specifically designed for study in the college’s Los Angeles Program. The Emerson College Los Angeles Center is located at 4001 W. Alameda Avenue, Suite 200, in Burbank.

Event organizations and panel participants:
(L to R) Brad Lemack, Aldore Collier, Monica Swann, Maiya Williams, Ned Wertimer and Jim Lane.

Click here to learn how you can contribute to the scholarship fund.

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