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CLEO TV brought their groundbreaking, signature series, “CLEO SPEAKS,” to The Promontory in Chicago with special guest influencers and business owners Miko Branch, Shelah Marie, Afrobella and Signed Blake.
“CLEO SPEAKS” highlights the personal stories and voices of influential women of color. The series has showcased a variety of these powerful women in politics, beauty, entertainment and business including activist Tamika Mallory, activist and creator of #OscarsSoWhite April Reign, co-host of Sway In The Morning Tracy Garraud, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Alicia Garza and more.
LaTanya Butler, VP of Marketing and Partnerships, Content Distribution and Marketing at CLEO TV, Morgan Franklin, Coordinator of Content Distribution & Marketing at CLEO TV and Keesha Boyd, Executive Director of Multicultural Products at Xfinity, welcomed a room full of media, influencers and attendees with opening remarks and spoke to the importance of the network’s subject matter, and how CLEO TV’s collaboration with Xfinity has facilitated great strides in its mission to defy the negative stereotypes of today’s modern women.
“This was a great collaboration with Xfinity Black Film and TV.  We welcomed the opportunity to bring CLEO TV to the community and make a meaningful impact.  Xfinity opened the door for women of color in Chicago to experience firsthand, a network that authentically reflects their truth,” said LaTanya Butler, VP of Marketing and Partnerships, Content Distribution and Marketing at CLEO TV.
“CLEO TV is making space for voices of color to be heard, so it makes perfect sense for us to be here in support of them as Xfinity Black Film & TV on demand is also about making space for stories about black culture & identity to be seen, heard and enjoyed. We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with CLEO TV in bringing authentic and empowering experiences like ‘Cleo Speaks’ to women,” added Keesha Boyd, Executive Director of Multicultural Products at Xfinity.

Celebrity photographer and disabled Vietnam veteran Jerome Dorn embodies the very definition of resilience. Born in Philadelphia, the fifth of seven children, Dorn stayed focused throughout his youth, eventually obtaining his degree in Criminal Justice. Dorn has worked with the Philadelphia Police Department, Department of Justice, World Wide Detective Agency, and several other high profile security groups. Throughout his successful career, Dorn wrestled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, an aftereffect of his military service. Battling the pain and debilitating effect of PTSD, Dorn found comfort behind the camera. Photography proved to be not only therapeutic, but life changing as well. Dorn picked up his first camera in 1970 while serving in Vietnam and knew instantly that behind the lens was where he belonged. His shooting style and photographs were special, generating a buzz in the industry. In 1985, he began his career in photojournalism, working in a variety of genres. Dorn’s credentials include fashion, lifestyle photography, photojournalism, and celebrity/red carpet coverage. Working with MSNBC, Jet Magazine, and major publications in Philadelphia and around the country, Dorn has had the honor of capturing the images of hundreds of notable celebrities and politicians including President Barack Obama, George Bush Jr, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Maya Angelou, Jesse Jackson, Rihanna, Snoop Dog, Will Smith, and Tyler Perry. Photography has sent Dorn around the globe, inspiring his passion for civil activism. In 1995, Dorn assembled and led a group of forty-two men to the Million Man March. Together, they spent five days walking from Philadelphia to Washington DC. In his travels, Dorn observed a common theme amongst the youth of the world. Many of the children he encountered seemed lost. Understanding that opportunities for at-risk youth are minimal, Dorn was inspired to make a difference. Established by Dorn in 2011, InDaHouseMedia was built on the idea that there is room in the house for everyone. With InDaHouseMedia, Dorn’s mission is to provide the future generation with positive direction through sports, music, and photography.

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