Endeavor Impact has partnered with Michael B. Jordan through his Outlier Society and HBCU LA in launching ‘Summer Series’, a virtual program created to give individuals the required knowledge on how to work and succeed in the entertainment, sports and fashion industries.
The program will accommodate applicants who apply through the Endeavor Impact Summer Series website as well as those coming from Michael’s Outlier Society Fellowship and students from HBCU LA. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that over 1000 individuals have already sent in applications to join.
“Last summer marked the inaugural year of my Outlier Society Fellowship Program, a long-time dream of mine to find and cultivate a pipeline of talented and diverse minds from the next generation. We’re often referred to as gatekeepers which is why our industry has to reflect the world we live in today. By pulling up a seat to the table and investing in our communities, we are able to find those individuals who didn’t have the opportunities some of us may have had to break into the industry,” Michael disclosed in a statement.
Summer Series begins June 22 to August 24, with recruited program instructors such as Phil Sun (WME Partner), Alana Mayo (Outlier Society), Rich Kleiman (Thirty-Five Ventures co-founder), Marshawn Lynch (CEO of Beast Mode Enterprises) and many others. The program is a temporary replacement for Endeavor’s Impact Fellowship Program, which has been axed amidst COVID-19 crisis.
“Although we shifted the Endeavor Impact Fellowship program to a virtual Summer Series, the objective remains the same — to provide access and education to students who do not have a direct path into the entertainment, sports and fashion industries. Our partnerships with the Outlier Society Fellowship Program and HBCU in LA will help open a door for the next generation of diverse leaders with the tools they need to succeed, lead and accelerate social change in and throughout our industry,” said Endeavor’s head of social impact Romola Ratnam.
On the other side of new initiatives and partnerships for Michael, the ‘Black Panther’ actor has partnered with Amazon Studios to bring free drive-in movies to cities around the United States. It is supported by some black-owned businesses namely; Path Water, Pipcorn Popcorn and Partake Cookies, all coming on board to offer refreshments for guests that will take a seat.