This last weekend marked the 4th annual Influencers Brunch as part of the Congressional Black Caucus weekend in DC, organized by Terk Entertainment Group partners Tarek ‘Terk’ Stevens and Ronald ‘Tricky’ Montgomery.
The brunch initially emerged from a casual breakfast meeting between Anthony Anderson, Stevens, and Chris Spencer during The BET Honors. Gradually it morphed into an exclusive gathering where Hollywood, Wall Street, and Capitol Hill meet to discuss cultural impact and social change. On the event, Ronald ‘Tricky’ Montgomery explained:
“It’s always a beautiful room… you look around and see so many different examples of black excellence from entertainment, to politicians to corporate brand managers, it’s black people supporting, collaborating and celebrating each other.”
The program opened with Pop/R&B artist Eli, then transitioned to a discussion between American Film Producer, Will Packer and Director Malcolm D. Lee (Girl’s Trip), moderated by Heart & Soul Channel’s Cayman Kelly on Sirius XM.
Packer and Lee shared insider knowledge about the industry while promoting their new film Night School. Lee encouraged attendees to work their way to their dreams no matter the cost:
“I started at the bottom. I got coffee, bagels, etc. I even messed up sometimes and got yelled at, but it’s ok… Sometimes we want the success but aren’t willing to start at the bottom, but in many cases that’s the only way in.”
Notable guests included author Michael Eric Dyson, former Essence editor-in-chief Susan L. Taylor, Maryland Delegate Jay Walker, and Director of the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment Angie M. Gates, among others.