Do you know that the first African-American to own a production company in Chicago was a black man? No?! Then that is the problem.
In a world where representation matters more than ever, it’s crucial to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of Black trailblazers in media who have paved the way for future generations. Actor Dave Leonard is one such individual who has made a significant impact in the entertainment industry.
With a career spanning over two decades, Leonard has worked behind the scenes on major feature films and in the music industry, promoting artists such as 50 Cent, Robin Thicke, and Mary J. Blige. On the film side, he has worked as an Assistant Location Manager and Location Scout for various Chicago-based film and TV productions, including FOX’s Empire, Showtime’s The Chi and Shameless, and Amazon’s Patriot and Electric Dreams.
On our recent podcast interview, Leonard reflected on his journey and the importance of Black representation in media. “It’s better than where it’s been, but we still have a long way to go and a continued fight. But I feel like there is a much better and larger representation than there has been in the past.,” he said.
Leonard’s dedication to uplifting and empowering Black voices in media has not gone unnoticed. He has paid it forward had provided endless opportunities to his fellow creatives.
But Leonard is not alone in his quest for greater representation in media. There are countless other Black trailblazers who have paved the way for future generations, such as Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, and Shonda Rhimes, to name just a few.
These pioneers have broken down barriers and shattered stereotypes, paving the way for greater diversity and inclusion in the industry. Their impact has been felt not only in the United States but around the world, inspiring new generations of creatives to pursue their passions and make their mark on the world.
During our interview, we also got a chance to take a deep dive and recap Just N Life’s recent interview with former Grey’s Anatomy star, Isiah Washington, which honors the work of black trailblazers in media.
As we continue to celebrate Black History Month and beyond, let us remember and honor the contributions of Black trailblazers in media like Dave Leonard and Isiah Washington. They have blazed a path that others can follow, and their impact will continue to be felt for generations to come. Check out the latest episode on Just N Life podcast delving into this.