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Kesha emphasized the importance of supporting the next generation of women at The Hollywood Reporter‘s 2018 Women in Entertainment event on Wednesday before introducing a heartfelt, inspirational video showcasing those students who took part in this year’s Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program.
“It’s incredibly important to create an equal and safe work environment for both men and women in the workplace, so they can focus on being the best actress, the best singer, the best songwriter, the best stylist, the best makeup artist, the best director, the best producer, the best writer, the best whatever you wanna be that you can be,” she said. “And that’s what the Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program is all about.”
The singer then introduced the video on the 2018 mentorship program, which gave 18 girls the chance to learn from high-level executives at CBS, Warner Bros., Amazon Studios and others. The program, a joint venture between THR and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, pairs girls with women who have made great professional strides in the entertainment field.
One of the mentees of the class of 2018 spoke in the video about her family’s transition from Guatemala to the U.S. and coping with her sister’s cystic fibrosis diagnosis and hospitalization. Despite being bullied for her financial situation, she joined the program and aspires now to attend college.
“One of the most touching moments for me in this program was when one of our mentees said to me, ‘How can you care about somebody who comes from nothing?'” THR executive editor and program co-founder Stephen Galloway said in the video. “We all come from nothing, and I want them to understand that it doesn’t matter where they came from, they’re truly extraordinary.”
The video also featured mentor and mentee pairings speaking about their relationships. “It makes me hopeful for the future. It makes me hopeful for the next generation to know that there are people like Angelica,” said Project Runway producer Jane Cha of her mentee.
After the clip was shown at the event, Kesha welcomed to the stage the mentorship program’s class of 2019 and announced several scholarships that they would be receiving. Recipients stepped onto the stage to standing ovations from the crowd. In addition, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira revealed a new scholarship created by Walt Disney Studios.
The Power 100 Women in Entertainment event presented by Lifetime is sponsored by American Airlines, Cadillac, Fiji Water, eOne, Gersh, Loyola Marymount University and SAG-AFTRA, in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and Entertainment Industry Foundation.
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