The Magazine The Merge Symposium by Shenoba Kinsey

The Merge Symposium was held on Saturday, August 1, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland. This one-day empowerment event was created by CEO and Founder of Relevé Entertainment, Dr. Holly Carter. The event is an extension of the Merge Summit, which is held in Los Angeles, California annually. It consisted of a full day of educational industry-influenced master classes designed to empower the next generation of leaders. Those attending had an opportunity to network with and learn from the top Hollywood executives and entertainers from film, television, music, ministry and more. The empowerment experience featured industry executives such as Executive Producer Mona Scott-Young, VP of Talent & Casting of BET Networks Robi Reed, Senior VP of TV One D’Angela Proctor, Oscar Nominated Recording Artist Michelle Williams, Author & Editor at Large Nikki Taylor, and Host & Managing Editor of News One Now Roland Martin. The mission of the symposium was to merge mainstream media with faith-based content in a way that inspires today’s emerging generation of leaders. Dr.Holly Carter is also the creator of Oxygen’s “Preachers Of….” franchise that now has shows in Los Angeles, Detroit and Atlanta. Her other recent television projects include “Fix My Choir”(Oxygen) and “The Sheards” (BET). She also created and executive produced BET’s “106 & Gospel,” and packaged and produced feature films “The Gospel” (Rainforest Films/Sony Screen Gems), “In the Mix” (Lionsgate) and faith based indie “A Beautiful Soul.” (Photo Credit Courtesy of Ask April Love PR Firm)

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