OHANELE LAW FIRM PRESENTS

Protect Black Voices

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February 25th // 11am PST

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Black Lives Matter...

That's a given, but how much do we value Black stories? What about Black creatives and innovators?

After working with Black creatives and innovators both in the US and Nigeria, creatives have made it clear that their content isn't respected as it should be. Thieves and copy cats use their content and pass it off as their own.

Sadly, there isn't enough money to hire competent lawyers to enforce their rights. That's why most entrepreneurs would rather:

1) Pretend their legal issues don't exist, or

2) Cobble together contracts, terms, and waivers from the internet.

In a lot of ways, the internet can be your friend, but when it comes to legal protection, it isn't.

Protect Black Voices is stepping into the gap between the internet search bar and big law firms. This 3-hour workshop will give Black creatives in the US and Nigeria the information they need to know.

No jargon, no legalese, just straight talk.

Do you want to know what it takes to protect your creative business in the digital age?

CREATIVE PERSPECTIVES

What can you do to avoid copy-cats, content vultures, and thieves while creating content for a global audience?

LEGAL UPDATES

What are the legal updates you need to be aware of to keep your creative enterprise, or small business out of hot water?

RESOURCES

Leave with practical tips, tricks, and actions items that keep you one step ahead of legal trouble.

THE PROGRAM

In Honor of Black History Month, Protect Black Voices is an Intellectual Property Workshop for Creatives presented by Ohanele Law Firm.

START TIME: 2:11​

INTRODUCTION: 12:09​

PANEL 1: 14:50​

Music, Mischief, and Misery- Black Musicians and Challenges of the Digital Media Space

PANEL 2: 1:18:18​

The World’s a Stage- Digital Storytelling for a Global Audience

PANEL 3: 2:22:26​

Heroes Like Me- How YouNeek Studios Took their Storytelling from Local to Global

CLOSING REMARKS: 3:30:26​

CREDITS: 3:33:35

Music, Mischief, and Misery

Black Musicians and Challenges of the Digital Media Space

The landscape of music law is complex and full of potholes--just ask our panelists. It isn't hard to find a story about a Black musician who has been screwed or felt that the laws that govern the industry are unfair. Too often this is because artists don't know how to navigate the pitfalls. This session will bring to light some issues creators should keep an eye on as they brave the music industry.

KJ Greene

John J. Schumacher Chair Professor at Southwestern Law School

A graduate of the Yale Law School and a U.S Marine veteran, Professor Kevin J.  Greene is the John J. Schumacher Chair Professor at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California, where he teaches Contracts, Copyright Law and Entertainment Law.

His award-winning scholarship explores copyright, trademark and publicity rights issues, and IP’s many impacts on African-American creativity.

Professor Greene practiced law in New York at the premier firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

As an expert witness-consultant in copyright and IP cases, Greene worked with funk music legend George Clinton in a landmark copyright case in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

In 2016, the Intellectual Property Institute of the State Bar of California selected Professor Greene for its highest honor, the Vanguard Award in the category of Academics.

In 2020, Professor Greene was selected by the National Bar Association as one of the top 100 African-American attorneys in California.

Also, in 2020, Professor Greene was selected as the Honorary Intellectual Property Law Advisor, and a Fellow (Honors) of the United Sigma Intelligence Association, an international think tank.


Amaechi Uzoigwe

Executive and Entrepreneur

Amaechi Uzoigwe is an NYC-based entrepreneur, executive & investor with a history of launching successful creative careers, companies & campaigns, while also establishing himself as a pioneer in music, a champion of creative artists, an award-winning marketer, content creator, thought leader & community builder.

Currently, as co-manager & business partner of Grammy-nominated & gold-certified hip hop stars Run the Jewels (Killer Mike & EL-P), Amaechi oversees all aspects of the group's multi-faceted enterprise including music, film & TV, publishing, touring, marketing & e-commerce, plus their apparel, alcohol and cannabis businesses. He also represents the ground-breaking West African rock band, Songhoy Blues, who just released their new album, Optimisme, to worldwide critical acclaim. Additionally, Amaechi is a partner & executive producer at GRAiNEY Pictures in LA, an award-winning documentary & branded content production company, which just wrapped it’s next film, Unzipped, tackling the dual crises of homelessness & income inequality in Venice, CA.

This year he’ll  be launching his next venture, Studio A, which will be representing elite talent exclusively from the  African diaspora, with offices in the US, UK & Nigeria, + providing mentorship for industry aspirants. 

Brandon Sand, Esq.

Attorney

Mr. Sand is a graduate from CUNY Brooklyn College, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and Southwestern Law School. Mr. Sand obtained an LL.M. degree in Entertainment & Media law and actively practiced entertainment law in San Diego for a decade. He has served as outside counsel to the performing rights organization SESAC and was counsel for Disney.

Currently, he works as managing counsel for the solar company Freedom Forever. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Sand was a producer and songwriter on numerous record labels. He is also a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (Grammys).

The World’s a Stage

Digital Storytelling for a Global Audience

We hear a lot about the digital economy and content creators but we don't often hear from creators themselves about challenges they face trying to protect the content they pour so much of their heart and soul into. This discussion will pull from the experiences of creators who have been in the game for years, their stories of connecting to audiences around the world, and how they have navigated the dark side of digital creation, content vultures, and copy-cats.

The Oddity

Content Creator and Influencer

A Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger and Self-empowerment digital content creator... Sofi created TheOdditty as a space, and community, for young women to feel empowered and free to be themselves.

Sofi has partnered with international brands like Savage X Fenty, beverage company Ritas. She has brought her special light to publications such as Abgara Magazine.

No matter where she is or who she's working with, Sofi believes in showing up as her authentic an 'Odd' self.

Kitchenbutterfly

Food Explorer & Historian

Ozoz Sokoh – the Kitchen Butterfly – is a Nigerian food explorer, culinary anthropologist and food historian passionate about food in its entirety – cooking, eating, dreaming, researching, writing, photographing and styling it , especially on her blog, Kitchen Butterfly. A ‘Traveller by plate’, she uses foodways – the social, cultural and economic practices relating to the production and consumption of food to explore the world because ‘Food is more than eating’.

You can find her chronicling her food adventures on her blog and Instagram account @kitchenbutterfly


The RealFemi

Instagram Comedian

TheRealFemi is a comedian known on Instagram for his deadpan skits, hilarious impersonations, and out of this world takes on pop culture events.

Whether he's taking a tongue-in-cheek approach to a Big Brother Naija controversy or giving you something to think about with the recent social craze, Femi is a clever comedian.

Though his first love is music, he has built a community through social media that enjoy coming together to laugh at all of life's many hurdles. Many credit him for being a bright light in a sometimes jaded industry.

Heroes Like Me

How YouNeek Studios Took their Storytelling from Local to Global

Dark Horse Comics, the publisher behind series like Hellboy and The Umbrella Academy, announced a groundbreaking distribution deal with YouNeek Studios' at the top of 2021. Creator and founder Roye Okupe is joined by his attorney, Isioma Idigbe to discuss the steps he took to build his business and the decisions that helped him close this landmark deal.

Roye Okupe

CEO and Founder of Youneek Studios

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Roye Okupe is an award-winning filmmaker, author, speaker and entrepreneur whose passion for comics and animation led him to found YouNeek Studios in 2015, an avenue that would allow him to pursue his dream of creating a diverse library of superheroes. Under that umbrella, Roye wrote, produced and directed several animated productions, including, but not limited to, the award-winning and critically acclaimed Malika – Warrior Queen Animated Short. These productions have allowed Roye to attain many prestigious recognitions, such as being #5 on Ventures Africa’s list of 40 African innovators to watch (2016) as well as being part of NewAfrican Magazines’ 100 most influential Africans two years in a row (2016 & 2017). Most significantly, in 2021, Roye was nominated for the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics, meant to honor “commitment to excellence and inclusion.”

In August 2015, Roye released his debut graphic novel titled: E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams Part One, a sci-fi superhero epic set in Lagos, Nigeria. E.X.O. was received with critical acclaim and has since been featured on CNNForbesThe New York TimesN.B.C.The GuardianABC7B.B.C.The Huffington PostMashable and more!

Roye’s sophomore graphic novel: Malika – Warrior Queen, was also received with critical acclaim, winning the prestigious Story of the Year award at the Glypc Comic Awards in 2020. That same year, Roye signed a first of its kind, monumental 10-book deal with Dark Horse Comics—one of the world’s largest comic book publishers.

Isioma Idigbe, Esq.

Senior Associate at PUNUKA

Isioma obtained her Bachelor of Law (LL.B) from the University of Kent in Canterbury, United Kingdom . She has a certificate in Entertainment Law from the Osgoode Law School, University of York, Toronto, Canada. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the founder of the University of Kent Nigerian Law Society. She is also a Student Mentor in the Kent Law School Professional Mentoring Scheme.

Aside from practicing law, she works as a sales agent under Distinct Universal Limited buying and selling International and Nigerian content for Film and Television.

Her Firm PUNUKA Attorneys and Solicitors is a member of Lawyers Associated Worldwide (LAW), a global network of over 100 independent law firms located in more than 50 major countries around the world. The state of reciprocity is such that the firm is able to extend to its clients the benefits of their accumulated goodwill to assist them whenever their cross-border transactions touch on those jurisdictions where their correspondents operate.

Her legal team closed the recent distribution deal between Youneek Studios and Dark Horse Comics.

Your Host

The founder of Ohanele Law Firm, Chinwe Ohanele, Esq. has dedicated her skills to supporting creatives and entrepreneurs for nearly a decade. Licensed in New York, New Jersey, and California, Ms. Ohanele couples her keen perspective on the law with a love for creative enterprise to advise creative entrepreneurs not just for their business today but for the legacy they are building for tomorrow. 

Chinwe is an astute business-legal strategist and attorney. She has worked extensively on frameworks necessary to support Pan-African media initiatives and creative entrepreneurship. She has worked with influencers, creative entrepreneurs, and governmental agencies in the US and on the continent of Africa.

Additionally, Ms. Ohanele provides consultancy services around media and entertainment best practices and policies for emerging markets on the continent of Africa. She also runs trainings and workshops on various intellectual property issues.