The Dakar Media Academy hung out with AT&T executives Donovan Green and Amir Johnson, along with community activist from the Brother Hood Crusade and three members of the Santa Monica Community College Media Club. We didn’t see Erykah Badu, Miguel, the Roots, Jhené Aiko and some of the other luminaries headlining this year’s BET Experience, but we had a good time bonding and around the festival type environment.

The BETX was anchored around L.A. Live, and promised a 4 days of arena shows, late-night performances, seminars, celebrity panels and the 6th annual BET’s annual awards show telecast. The festival, which drew 165,000 last year, started Thursday and goes through Sunday.  One of my motivations for coming to BET Genius Talks Series was to hear Charles King, Macro speak, as I truly believe he has a genius story that every creative needs to hear.  Below is an excerpt from his fireside chat with Terry Crews.5