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Ira McKinley: Passionate Storyteller

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IRA MCKINLEY is a filmmaker, activist, and the director/producer of the award-winning documentary “The Throwaways.” Born in upstate New York, he is now based in South Florida where his most recent film, “Outta the Muck,” is set in Pahokee, Florida — his ancestral home.

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Susan Orlean: Author + Staff Writer, The New Yorker

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SUSAN ORLEAN is the author of 12 books, including “The Orchid Thief,” which was made into an Academy Award winning movie called “Adaptation,” starring Nicholas Cage, Chris Cooper, and Meryl Streep as Susan Orlean. Orlean is also a longtime staff writer for “The New Yorker” magazine.

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Joyce Tenneson: Visionary Photographer

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JOYCE TENNESON is the author of sixteen books including the best seller, “Wise Women,” which was featured in a six-part NBC Today Show series. She is the recipient of many awards, including Fine Art Photographer of the Year in 2005 (Lucie Awards), and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographers of America in 2012.

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The Portraits of Artist Addonis Parker

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OneUnited Bank, the largest Black owned bank in America, sponsored  Le Art Noir on December 2, 2021 and purchased the first “From Paris with Love” non-fungible token (NFT) created by internationally acclaimed artist ADDONIS PARKER, which pays tribute to renowned entertainer and civil rights activist Josephine Baker.

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Hank Phillippi Ryan: Earning Emmys and Agathas

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HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN has been honored with more than 50 prestigious awards from news organizations all over the world including 37 EMMYs and 14 Edward R. Murrow Awards. Ryan is also the USA Today bestselling author of 13 psychological thrillers, winning the genre’s most prestigious awards: five Agathas, four Anthonys, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award.

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