"RACE IN AMERICA: AN MTV DISCUSSION" PREMIERES TONIGHT SEPTEMBER 19TH AT 11:00 P.M. ET/PT
Hosted By Nessa with Special Guests National Spokesperson for GLAAD Tiq Milan and
COO at Revolve Impact Carri Twigg
In the wake of a recent incident of racial bias on "The Challenge," MTV gathers a group of young people in a half-hour town hall format to discuss the importance of challenging racism and bias in America. Host Nessa and special guests Tiq Milan, National Spokesperson for GLAAD and Carri Twigg, former Associate Director of Public Engagement for the Obama Administration will lead the conversation that will also include cast members from "The Challenge." During the special, MTV will drive viewers to its Emmy Award-winning anti-bias campaign, Look Different, which will offer custom resources focused on tackling racism and bias in your own life. "Race in America: An MTV Discussion" premieres after "The Challenge" tonight, September 19th at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
About Tiq Milan
Tiq Milan speaks and writes about intersectional leadership, transgender rights and racial justice. He shares stories of his life and how his transgender experience has informed his views on masculinity, race and the gender binary. A journalist for over a decade his work has appeared on MIC, BuzzFeed, NBC and CNN. He is also a strategic media consultant helping organizations and companies create detailed media campaigns that will engage diverse audiences in ways that are inclusive and authentic.
Milan has been most inspired by his years mentoring LGBTQ youth at the Bronx Community Pride Center and the Hetrick Martin Institute in the New York city. He was able to witness first-hand the intersectional lived experiences of gay and trans youth and how it is affected by social systems put in place to help them. He most recently was the Senior Media Strategist and National Spokesperson for GLAAD where he utilized the media to call attention to the needs of the LGBTQ community, particularly transgender people of color.
He is currently the Co-Founder of Milan Media Arts Productions along with his wife Kim Katrin Milan. MAPS is content creation and consulting firm that is dedicated to creating narratives of queer people and their allies.
About Carri Twigg
Carri Twigg is a cultural/campaign strategist and a unique millennial voice. She served as Special Assistant to President Obama during his administration, overseeing White House efforts to protect the rights of working Americans. She also served as Director of Public Engagement for Vice President Biden. In that role, Twig was a senior advisor to the Vice President and crafted his public-facing work on behalf of the administration. Additionally, she served as a White House liaison to the creative community, helping to expand the cultural competencies of the White House beyond its previous dimensions. Twig has also built and consulted on strategic cultural movements, including the California-based Schools Not Prisons Tour and the SuperPAC Save The Day with director Joss Whedon, which created multiple viral videos throughout the election. In 2016, she worked with VH1 to reprise its iconic "Behind The" franchise, writing and hosting a series looking at issues impacting the 2016 Presidential election titled #BehindTheVote. Her clients include MTV, AFROPUNK, and the Ms. Foundation for Women and she has contributed to :ATTN, The Young Turks & Refinery29.
About Look Different
MTV's Emmy Award-winning "Look Different" campaign helps America's youth better recognize and challenge hidden racial, gender and anti-LGBT biases, empowering them to create a more equal future. While Millennials are widely considered the most diverse and tolerant generation in history, 94% see bias in their lives and 8 in 10 believe bias is at the root of a lot of the world's problems. Today, discrimination based on race, gender and sexual orientation can be quite subtle - and most young people feel ill-equipped to respond when they see it. To support our audience in reaching towards a world without prejudice, MTV has built a coalition of the foremost authorities and tackles this issue on all of our platforms, including on-air programming, social media engagement, innovative digital tools and much more.
Join in on the social conversation on Twitter @LookDifferent or for more information please go to LookDifferent.org.