Conference planned in Fayetteville for media professionals of color


FAYETTEVILLE — SoulCon, a conference for media professionals of color, is set for April 6-8 at Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville.

Organized in partnership with Arkansas Soul Media and the Micheaux Award and Film Labs, the event is the first of its kind in Arkansas. The conference will include three days of networking, workshops, keynotes, and presentations, and will feature professionals of color in journalism, film, marketing, creative and advertising.

Those scheduled to speak include DeShuna Spencer, founder and CEO of kweliTV; Jocelyne Pruna, a Miami-based bilingual TV news anchor and producer for Peacock and NBC Universal; and C.J. Hunt, a comedy writer and documentary filmmaker who will screen his documentary The Neutral Ground. The full lineup includes speakers from Arkansas PBS, CACHE NWA, Fayetteville Film Fest and Fayetteville Public Television. Several workshops are scheduled with reporters, marketers, influencers, filmmakers, producers and creative agency owners.

Attendees can learn from three tracks, including journalism, film/video and promotion. Workshop titles include “Showing up for your community as a BIPOC Journalist,” Understanding the Production Process,” “Pitch Bootcamp,” “Creative Agency MasterClass,” “The Leadership Trajectory,” “Brand to Business,” and more.

In-person passes are available at the event website. Digital passes with limited access to conference workshops and keynotes are also available for purchase with access to materials opening Saturday, April 9.

For a schedule and more information, visit

SoulCon speaker lineup

Jocelyne Pruna – Peacock and NBC Universal
DeShuna Spencer – kweliTV
CJ Hunt – comedy writer, producer and documentarian
Airic Hughes – Micheaux Awards and Film Labs
Niketa Reed – Arkansas Soul Media
Antoinette Grajeda – Arkansas Soul Media
Dr. Synetra Hughes – UA Walton College of Business
Mario Troncoso – CACHE
Dominique Blake – Olympic medalist, entrepreneur
Epiphany Morrow – writer, producer and hiphop ambassador
Colleen Thurston – media professor, documentary filmmaker
Tobias Rose – Kompleks Creative, Black Wall Street Homecoming
Evan Alvarado – CACHE
Alvin Singh – digital strategist, investor, entrepreneur
Sarah Bishop – UARK, Orchid Communications
Amy Sullivan – KATV
Angel Ellis – Mvskoke media director
Brenda Blagg – freelance journalist
Sonny Albarado – freelance editor