It's hard to keep a straight face when talking to Chris Spencer. Extremely talented and hilarious, this quick-witted funnyman has a resume spanning over 20 years since his start in the business at six years old. Today, his resume ranges across several sectors of the industry – acting, writing, producing, directing and stand-up. With more than thirty television commercials, nine feature films, numerous television show appearances, a published book and nationwide comedy tours under his belt, Spencer is truly at the top of the entertainment game.
Chris created and executive produced BET/Netflix’s hit original series Real Husbands of Hollywood, a faux reality-TV satire, starring Kevin Hart. In its first season, he won a prestigious NAACP Image Award. The show is entirely based on a sketch Spencer and Hart created for The BET Awards in 2010 that immediately went viral.
In addition to Real Husbands of Hollywood, Chris has been the head writer for countless award shows featuring hosts such as Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Hart, Mike Epps, Jamie Foxx and Cedric the Entertainer. In 2016, he created the series WHITE FAMOUS for Lionsgate and Showtime, starring Jay Pharaoh and Jamie Foxx. He is currently a Co-Executive Producer on Grown-ish, which is Freeform’s spinoff of ABC’s hit show Black-ish and is currently developing his latest sitcom with Lebron James’ Springhill Entertainment and Warner Brothers Television.
If Chris Spencer looks familiar, it’s probably because you may have seen his Showtime Special “Chris Spencer…the Other Chris” or his TV credits, which include Being Mary Jane, Black Love, Jimmy Kimmel, Def Comedy Jam or his own late-night talk show, VIBE. His film credits include Bad Ass, Black Dynamite, Sin, Sixth Man and Don’t Be a Menace.
He has published the bestselling book 150 Ways to Tell If You’re Ghetto. His notable writer/producer projects also include The Emmy’s, The ESPY Awards, The BET Awards, SNL and the MTV Video Music Awards…to name a few
Chris has also moved behind the lens, directing episodic television, several music videos, comedy specials and various commercials.
LAWRENCE JACKSON, PHD
Lawrence Jackson, PhD, is an assistant professor of Couple & Family Therapy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine. His areas of research include racial disparities and inequalities for people of color, systemic support variables that influence Black male’s academic achievement and mental health outcomes. In addition to his academic role, Lawrence is the owner of The Black Male Therapist LLC, and creator of Black Therapy Fridays. Black Therapy Fridays is a campaign that was created to help those struggling with mental health receive tools and resources to improve their situations. Similar to Black Friday, which helps companies who are in the “red” return back to the “black”, Black Therapy Fridays utilizes different mechanisms to normalize mental health in our communities. Dr. Jackson also has a private practice in the Las Vegas area where he serves a diverse clientele including couples and families.
ALEXANDER "LEX" KING
Writer | Director | Producer
King is a self-taught, funded filmmaker creating an online platform for queer films of color. Her work is always directed towards introspection and better representation of those like her in the community. She spends a major proportion of her time honing her filmmaking skills and experimenting with innovative ideas.
Being a humanitarian, self-taught, queer, afro-latina director, King allows vulnerability to pour into her films.
King created Queerious TV (QTV) is a media service provider and outlet that creates, produces + distributes LBGTQIA+ content such as web series, short films, music videos + more. Representation matters for the LGBTQIA+ community and what best way to represent, create our own story + media outlet! We take great pride in creating content that is a better representation of whom we are-in new and creative ways.
King aspires to direct films that are not just eye-candy but carry meaning and emotions too. She wants her viewers to feel her ideas and imagination and she also wishes to provide young, talented filmmakers of all backgrounds, color, and sizes, who would otherwise have been overlooked in this industrious film sector, with a platform to showcase their skills and garner applause. With proper funding, she is certain she can achieve all her ambitions and contribute positively to film.