About Us

About Us

 

colorbars

is a professional and social network established to support the advancement of all people of color working in media, entertainment and communication. This initiative is achieved through networking events, panel discussions, informational lectures, and mentoring programs.

  

Meet the Board

 

Leah Harper

Founder. Director of Program Development

Leah believes it is her time to give back and founded colorbars in May 2008. Her inspiration came from a series of supportive mentors who encouraged her to participate in media related intern and fellowship programs. colorbars programs will open doors for members, and in turn assist in building a well-rounded and diverse industry. Leah thrives in the media world and in establishing strong relationships with recruitment and networking partners. After pulling up through the production management ranks at CBS Sports and MTVN she broke from her television and film background and joined Imagination, a leading global independent marketing communications company, as a Senior Production Manager. She has delivered projects for several clients including Ford Motor Company, Shell and Land Rover.

 

Kamilah W. Lewis

Manager, Program Development

Kamilah is truly a tri-state freelancing phenom, and the driving force behind colorbars networking events and mentoring programs. She started her career in Philadelphia at Banyan Productions in 2001, and shortly there after made her way to New York and continued on the production path at NBC Sports, ESPN, Apollo Theatre, Miss America competition, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and BET. Her credits also include Spike TV where she currently serves as a Unit Manager. Kamilah graduated from Temple University with a degree in Broadcasting, Telecommunications & Mass Media.

 

David Brown

Co-Manager, Mentoring Programs

Freelance Producer David Brown brings a diverse professional background to the colorbars community. His extensive experience includes NBCís 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, truTVís "The Smoking Gun Presents...", VH1ís 2007 Hip Hop Honors and Black to the Future series, and BETís Hip Hop vs America. As the mentor liaison for the colorbars network, David is responsible for maintaining and growing our mentorship program. An advocate for diversity in the communications industry, David is also heavily involved with NAMIC (National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications), of which he is a Programming Chair for its New York chapter. He received his Broadcast Journalism degree from Boston University. 

 

Hollann Sobers

Communications Coordinator

Hollann began her career in post-production for Judge Hatchett and quickly moved to VH1 Production Management in 2002.  Currently a Line Producer, she has moved up the ranks at VH1 by working on a vast array of programming including VH1 Hip Hop honors, Lords of the Revolution Documentary series and What Chilli Wants. Hollann did not have a mentor but, through her own determination, embraced taking part in company professional development programs and enjoyed sharing that knowledge with everyone around her. She then discovered she had a passion not only for television, but also in mentoring others.  When colorbars launched in 2008, she saw an opportunity to be part of something special with a mission that was close to her heart. Hollann joined colorbars to assist in program development, events and communicating the mission to all those who strive for career success, but may not have access to programs and professional networks. She works to bring in new and existing talent to the colorbars professional network, while developing relationships within the industry and other organizations.

Hollann graduated Cum Laude from Hofstra University with a degree in Communications, Video and Television Production.

 

 

 

 

Volunteers and Consultant

 
Volunteers
 
Magdalena Albizu
Angela Brown
Steven Chew Jr.
Dina Emam
Brook England
Dawn Hamme
Atheena Jai
Charis Satchel
Steven Shlivko
 
 

 

Financial Consultant/CPA
 
Richard Cecchi 
Wbf-rich@att.net
 
 
 

Legal Consultant

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

 
 
Website Design & Development
 
James Lane
Yuning Ding
 

 

 

 

 

 

Keshia Williams

Manager, Sponsor and Recruitment

Keshia Williams is the Vice President for Original Music Production at Vh1, Vh1 Soul, and Vh1 Classic where she is charged with overseeing the development and production of Vh1ís original events, series and specials. She volunteers her time to assist colorbars with panelist selection and sponsor recruitment.