Blacktag and Versus Unveil Inaugural SLATE: Showcasing 16 Visionary Black Creatives

From the release:

Blacktag, a global network for creators that drive culture, and Versus, the premier creator of culture-defining creative and production, proudly announce the launch of their inaugural SLATE, featuring a talented roster of 16 groundbreaking directors, creatives, and artists.

This initiative marks a significant milestone in the Blacktag and Versus partnership which is committed to amplifying Black voices and reshaping the creative landscape.

Tthe Roster:
Alan Ambran
Alana Yolande
Dior Rodriguez
Ellie Foumbi
Ellington Hammond
Gladimir Gelin
Imani Dennison
Justin Lamar Carter
Keaton Greene
Khleo Armstrong
Lanre Danmola
Lemar Griffin
Modi Oyewole
Simone Holland
Suresh Gordon
Tramaine Townsend

These creatives, spanning directors, producers, editors, designers, and motion graphic artists, represent the first wave of talent joining the SLATE initiative. SLATE is a carefully curated roster, built to empower Black talent and voices in the creative industry.

“Our vision for SLATE is to break barriers, and to place our network of Black creators in front of influential brands and agencies for creative and production collaboration, and allow a more actionable avenue to fulfill their commitments to diversity and inclusion. We believe these initial 16 creators have the power to inspire, innovate, and reshape the Black narrative in the creative industries,” commented Ashley Champ, Blacktag Head of Growth and Partnerships.

In September 2023, the two organizations announced a transformative partnership with the goal of putting action over talk to amplify Black voices and empower Black creative talent. During the announcement, there was an open call for interested creators to apply for SLATE. Over 200 applications were reviewed, and of that group, 16 were selected.