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Lyric Ross Among Panelists for THE POWER OF TV: HOMELESSNESS IN STORYTELLING

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In partnership with KIA Motors America on Oct. 27.

Lyric Ross Among Panelists for THE POWER OF TV: HOMELESSNESS IN STORYTELLING

The Television Academy Foundation today announced it will present " The Power of TV: Homelessness in Storytelling" in partnership with KIA Motors America on Oct. 27.

The free, open-to-the-public, virtual event will feature a panel discussion with on-screen and behind-the-scenes creative talent focused on how the media industry can raise awareness on the largely invisible-but growing-homeless youth community through authentic depiction in storytelling.

Panelists for the event include actress Lyric Ross (This Is Us), writer Kay Oyegun (This Is Us), writer Lucien Christian Adderley (David Makes Man), writer Richard "Byrd" Wilson (David Makes Man), Kat Lilley, Guest Advisory Council, Family Promise, and Kevin Ryan, CEO, Covenant House. David Ambroz, Executive Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Walt Disney Television will moderate.

On any given day in America, it is estimated that over half a million people are experiencing homelessness, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. The health and economic impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations will undoubtedly increase these figures.

"Hundreds of thousands of Americans face homelessness each year, and yet we rarely see them portrayed as real human beings in television and the media as a whole," said Madeline Di Nonno, chair of the Television Academy Foundation. "Homeless does not mean uneducated, dangerous, always living on the street or jobless. The Foundation advocates for increased and accurate visibility of vulnerable communities on screen. This event will facilitate a sorely needed conversation on homelessness and explore how television's content creators can better represent this marginalized community and in turn, help promote beneficial social change."

The virtual event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. (PDT).

Admission is free, RSVP is required, space is limited. To register, visit TelevisionAcademy.com/power-of-tv/tickets.


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