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AT&T Hello Lab's Diversity-Focused Mentorship Program Premieres 5 Short Films on DIRECTV NOW

Mentors include Academy Award winners Octavia Spencer and Common.

AT&T is No. 3 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity 


AT&T Hello Lab, a slate of original entertainment created by, for and with Millennial and Gen Z audiences, debuted five short films as part of its Mentorship Program on DIRECTV NOW on Dec. 1.

The program is a new initiative that brings together entertainment industry leaders with aspiring filmmakers from diverse backgrounds as they create a piece of work that supports their creative vision.

Each short celebrates young adults and provides the filmmakers with a place to share their unique perspective and authentic voice.

  • The Lost by Neil Paik; mentored by Rick Famuyiwa - The events surrounding a highly publicized protest altercation are played out from three differing points of view.

  • Yoshua by Matthew Castellanos; mentored by Nina Yang Bongiovi - A group of outcast teens must flee their hometown of South Central to protect their big blue alien friend from a ban against its kind.

  • Last Two Lovers at the End of the World by Nefertite Nguvu; mentored by Common - A future-set, New Year's Eve wild night's journey that follows two young lovers as they try to outsmart the end of the world.

  • Candid by Gabrielle Shephard; mentored by Octavia Spencer - Faced with the memory of her late mother, an aspiring street photographer takes a surreal journey through the city as she reconciles her future and the relationship with her father.

  • Tooth & Nail by Sara Shaw; mentored by Desiree Akhavan - After their youngest child is diagnosed with terminal cancer, an estranged family reunites and struggles to overcome their dysfunction.

During the year-long creative process, the filmmakers were fully supported by AT&T, Fullscreen and a group of industry advisors who counseled them on pitching their work, managing budgets and directing character-driven narratives.

More on the filmmakers:

Gabrielle Shepard: Graduated as an MFA Film and Television Producing Fellow in the Conservatory of Motion Pictures at Chapman University. She has produced films that have been programmed in the Austin Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival and Cannes Short Film Corner. Gabrielle now pursues fresh and dynamic projects to bring to life as a writer, director and producer.  She currently works in the Motion Picture Lit department at William Morris Endeavor.

Matthew Castellanos: A Mexican-American filmmaker from South Central, Los Angeles. He intends for his stories to start new discussions and shed some light on humanity. For the past two years, he's produced and directed twelve digital television shows on artist Tyler, the creator's network GOLF MEDIA. This August, Matthew's first linear television show NUTS + BOLTS premieres on the network VICELAND, which he's serving as both executive producer and director.

Neil M. Paik: A filmmaker and artist from Los Angeles. After graduating from the film school at UCLA, where he was editor of the Daily Bruin, he filmed a documentary on the ground in the Middle East analyzing diverse perspectives in the conflict zone. His short fiction films have garnered several awards while playing at festivals nationwide. Over the last three years, he has worked in development and production at Warner Bros., Color Force, and WME and as a director's assistant.

Nefertite Nguvu: A graduate of New York's School of Visual Arts, where she obtained a B.F.A in Film. Her thesis project at SVA won the award for outstanding screenplay. Nefertite is an award-winning writer/director and producer whose work includes, several narrative and documentary shorts, a host of web based programming, and a feature film entitled "In The Morning" which is currently available worldwide via Video on Demand.

Sara Shaw: A director and editor. While attending NYU's graduate film program at the Tisch School of the Arts, her film Ballarat Ghost Town won the Grand Prize and Audience Award at the Fusion Film Festival. She has edited a number of feature films, including Desiree Akhavan's Appropriate Behavior (Sundance '14), Adam Leon's Tramps (Toronto '16), Theresa Rebeck's Trouble (SIFF '17), and Desiree Akhavan's forthcoming The Miseducation of Cameron Post.

Fullscreen Media, a next-generation entertainment company, is majority owned by Otter Media, a partnership between AT&T and The Chernin Group.

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AT&T Announces Largest Deployment of Free Aira Service

AT&T, Aira Use Groundbreaking Technology to Bring Retail Experience to Blind & Low- Vision Shoppers at Over 5,300 AT&T Retail Locations.

Originally Published by AT&T.

AT&T* and Aira continue to expand their relationship to bring new experiences to the blind and those with low vision. This time, it's the customer experience. All AT&T company-owned retail and authorized retail stores are now Aira Access Locations. That means that any member of the blind and low-vision community with a smartphone can become an Aira Guest and can get free use of Aira's service at over 5,300 AT&T retail locations across the U.S.

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AT&T: 6 Lessons I Learned Along My Journey to the C-Suite

Reputation is what others think of you. Character is who you are. It's something you own.

Originally Published by Linkedin.com.

By David Huntley, Senior Executive Vice President - Chief Compliance Officer

I had the honor of addressing the incoming class of full-time MBA candidates at SMU, my alma mater. After sharing how the continuous reinvention of my career parallels that of AT&T's, I provided 6 lessons I've learned along the way. At the encouragement of others, I'm sharing them with you. Regardless of your industry, profession, personal background or career aspirations, I hope you find value in them.

#1 Seek out and identify mentors and sponsors – No matter where your career path takes you, you'll always need the assistance of others, whether that's sponsors or mentors. To realize your fullest potential, you must seek out people who can help you throughout your journey. Some will be mentors: people willing to lend advice and help you find your way. Others will be sponsors: people that won't simply mentor you, but advocate on your behalf and champion your efforts. Having both will help you reach the career aspirations you've set for yourself.

#2 Persevere – Never give up. At times, you'll experience what you may see as roadblocks. They're not. They're simply speedbumps that require more introspection to help determine the right path forward. You must have the resolve to persevere. Struggle leads to progress. Just think, what would happen if Steve Jobs had stopped the first time he was fired from his own company. We probably wouldn't have the iPhone and Apple probably wouldn't be the first publicly traded trillion-dollar company. Instead, he persevered, stayed true and reached his goals.

#3 Be flexible and embrace change – Greek philosopher Heraclitus is cited as the source of the saying "change is the only constant in life." Joining AT&T as a junior lawyer almost 25 years ago, I expected to practice corporate law through retirement. That wasn't the case. I've spent roughly half of my AT&T career in the Legal department, the other half in operations. And while I'm not a practicing attorney today, I still lean on my legal background on a daily basis. Bringing a foundation in the law to an operations role has only increased my value. So, if change is constant, you must be able to embrace it. If you can't, you'll limit your career options.

#4 Stay relevant and be proactive – Always be learning. You can't stay relevant if you keep your head down. Identify your strengths and continuously develop them. If you have an interest in something, but lack the knowledge, do the work. Always be learning. Whether that's reading, attending training or going back to school, the only way you'll stay relevant is by knowing the latest trends. If you don't remain relevant, then the tools you possess will dull and your value will fall.

#5 Compete the right way – Who doesn't like competition? Healthy competition makes us better. It's when we compete by cutting corners, cheating or sabotaging others that we lose, even while "winning." Because those that you undercut will always remember. They may forgive you, but they'll never forget. And you never know who you might work with, or work for, in the future.

#6 Exercise humility – Admit that you don't have all the answers. The best leaders surround themselves with the best people, so they know who to go to when they don't know the answers. Every great leader also has great people behind them. No one gets to where they are on their own. The sooner you recognize this, the more effective you'll lead. And, one last thing, boldly recognize the great work of others. Give credit where credit is due. Who doesn't want recognition from time to time. This accomplishes two things. It shows your humility, endearing others to you. And it shows others you value their contributions and they're deserving of praise.

The Wrap Up

The last thing I left the MBA candidates with was the importance of character. You can do all the things I've shared above to help position you for success, but character is key. Reputation is what others think of you. Character is who you are. It's something you own. If you haven't started to really focus on it, you must. And while you do, keep integrity at the center.

After all, how do you want to be remembered?

Montgomery County Transforms 911 Communications With AT&T

AT&T ESInet Boosts 911 Reliability and Enhances Emergency Communications.

Originally Published by AT&T.

Montgomery County is transforming its 911 communications with AT&T* ESInet™. The county recently joined others in the National Capital Region and selected the service from AT&T. The solution gives 911 call takers enhanced tools to speed their responsiveness and boost reliability to those in emergencies.

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AT&T AUDIENCE Network Unveils Expanded Programming Slate

AT&T AUDIENCE Network has unveiled its upcoming programming lineup at the summer Television Critics Association tour in Los Angeles.

Originally Published by AT&T.

AT&T* AUDIENCE Network has unveiled its upcoming programming lineup at the summer Television Critics Association tour in Los Angeles.

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AT&T Completes Time Warner Acquisition; Agrees to Acquire AppNexus; Reports Second-Quarter Results

Consolidated results include 16 days of Time Warner results for the second quarter.

Originally Published by AT&T.

"It was an exciting quarter for AT&T as we completed the acquisition of Time Warner on June 14 and created a modern media company built around premium content, 170 million direct-to-customer relationships, advertising technology and high-speed networks," said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO.

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AT&T: To a Workplace and a World Without Boundaries

We've been at it for decades, addressing accessibility across the workplace, our products and services, our supplier diversity program and even in the community.

Originally Published by AT&T.

By Corey Anthony

One of the things I'm most proud of here at AT&T is how we infuse inclusion into our culture. We are constantly pushing ourselves and innovating to make the world and our workplace a more open and inclusive place.

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Gabrielle Union Talks About Colorism and the Beauty of 'Chocolate Sisters' ​

Union said that her stepsons "have to have somebody else tell them that a chocolate woman is attractive for them to believe it."

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Actress Gabrielle Union partnered with AT&T ( No. 3 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list) for its Dream In Black campaign during Essence Fest over the weekend to inspire Black people to dream big and live their wildest dreams. At the event, Union shared with the press that the topic of colorism has come up in her household and explained how she addressed it.

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AT&T to Acquire AlienVault

Acquisition to Expand Threat Detection and Response to AT&T Business Customers.

Originally Published by AT&T.

AT&T* announced its plans to acquire AlienVault®, a privately held company based in San Mateo, Calif. The agreement has been approved by both companies.

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