Founder & CEO, Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program
“Mama Stacy” helps young Blacks enter showbiz via the Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program’s signature HBCU in L.A. internship. The org has more than 20 industry partnerships and places 30-50 students at a time with many getting hired after. Milner was tapped by then-President Obama’s White House initiative on HBCUs in 2012. Back then, people were still “trying to understand what the acronym meant,” she says. For the record, HBCU stands for historically Black colleges and universities. It’s ironic that Milner has been running the program as she never went to college. Soon after high school Milner headed to California from Ohio but before she could enroll in college, she got into the NBC Page program and never looked back, working with icons including Brandon Tartikoff and Grant Tinker.
Challenges ahead: Real inclusion and diversity is not complicated, she says. “They have done all these Band-Aid things.”