Tired of the tropes of “white saviors,” “sassy best friends,” and “super thugs”? (Yeah, us too.) That’s why EBONY.com and the  African American Film Critics Association got together to create Fast Forward, a multi-part roundtable series talking to the real power behind what you see on screen.  This episode, we continue a conversation featuring attorney Nina Shaw, a powerful partner at the blue-chip law firm Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka & Lezcano; talent executive Deborah Byrd; talent agent Andrea Nelson-Meigs; and James Lopez, Head of Motion Pictures at Will Packer Productions.

Watch, listen and learn, plus join the discussion via @ebonymag and @theaafca with #FASTFORWARD


Kyra Kyles is the Editor-in-Chief and Senior Vice President of Digital for Ebony Media Operations, LLC.  You can get @ this digital diva on social media via thekylesfiles on Twitter or Facebook.  Oh yeah, and feel free to send social media / tech etiquette questions and grievances to her via [email protected]. She just might tackle them for the next “Social Skills.”

Gil Robertson IV is an award-winning journalist, bestselling author and president of the African-American Film Critics Association. EBONY.com and the AAFCA are partnering to push the conversation for film and television diversity forward.