march, 2021

202113mar4:00 pm5:00 pmPanel: Power of Media to Promote Social Justice4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Virtual


Event Details

Discussions with local organizations on the power and pros and cons of media for activism.

Hosted by Moderator: Fanshen Cox, Actor, Educator, Writer, Producer

Harold Brown (Lorde Santcus) Connect the Coast

After cutting his teeth in the music industry as an artist/producer from 2000-2016, Lorde Sanctus transitioned to licensing music to film and television.  His first major co-published placement landed in the Denzel Washington film “Magnificent 7.”  Since then, Lorde Sanctus has placed music in The Ellen Degeneres show, On My Block season 1 & 2 (Netflix), Kobra Kai season 3 (Netflix), Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) and MUCH more.  Learning the value of owning his masters and publishing inspired Lorde Sanctus to start an artist friendly media platform and record label that could also double as a resource for black and brown creatives on the Central Coast.  The focus would be on helping local creatives market and monetize their content without a major record label, television station, radio station or movie studio.  Connect the Coast’s secondary initiative would be amplifying the voices of the most market ready creatives on the Central Coast.  Since 2018 CTC has added 6 artists to its roster, released over 12 projects and has had 3 singles go viral.

Alisa Heraldo – Co-Founder, Community Roots Project

Alisa Heraldo is a photojournalist and documentarian in San Luis Obispo. She grew up in the Bay Area and holds her B.S. in child development and her M.A. in counseling psychology. Alisa studied photojournalism in San Francisco and worked on ETC. Magazine as both a photographer and photo editor. In 2020, Alisa and her husband, Stephen, founded COMMUNITY ROOTS PROJECT, a journalistic platform that fosters community through visual storytelling and activism. Alisa’s passion is to tell stories that focus on marginalized groups in small communities and to create spaces for people to be in community with one another. 

Courtney HaileCo-Founder, R.A.C.E. Matters SLO

Courtney Haile spent her teenage years in San Luis Obispo and returned to the community in 2013 after 15 years in Los Angeles and San Francisco. She explored media representation, race, and gender as an undergrad in USC’s Annenberg School for Communication; and examined Black identity development in predominantly white communities for her graduate work at the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State. In 2016 Courtney co-founded R.A.C.E. Matters SLO, a grassroots organization amplifying racial justice and centering Black voices through art and culture. She has been a driving force for R.A.C.E. Matters’ creative endeavors, cultural programs and organization of local racial justice events. Courtney spearheaded the visionary art series, BELONGING, and produced two original short documentary films including SLO Film Festival selection Restrictions Apply, about San Luis Obispo’s history of housing discrimination. Courtney brings a bold and honest voice to community advocacy and her work on equity, justice and belonging. 

Karen Garcia – Editor, New Times

Karen Garcia covers North San Luis Obispo County, local government, social justice, and immigration issues for New Times SLO. She joined the editorial team in 2016 after contributing several articles to the local NPR affiliate KCBX. Karen is a Southern California native and earned degrees from El Camino Community College and California Polytechnic State University.