About Us

The Hire Black Database helps place Black assistants and executives in positions across the entertainment industry.

We’re invested in breaking down the barriers of entry that have prohibited black professionals from opportunities and advancement. No more excuses for not hiring black talent; this platform holds companies accountable and aims to build a long term perspective shift.

Companies that have hired our candidates

Meet the Team

The Hire Black Database has been co-created by Entertainment Assistants for the Black Lives Matter Movement, and Young Entertainment Activists:

co-founder

Jackie (Decembly) Penn

Born and raised in the Midwest, Jackie graduated from The Ohio State University and attended the University of Cincinnati for graduate school. After several years as a Spanish teacher, Jackie left teaching to pursue a career as a TV writer. Now an LA based 1hr dramedy/light drama writer, Jackie’s writing focuses primarily on female-driven stories that explore the idea of being a fish out of water. Her Blackish TV spec “Downsizing” was a semifinalist for The Breakk Screenwriting Competition. Jackie has worked as a set production assistant, a line producer’s assistant and writers’ production assistant. She was a writers’ assistant for Ginny & Georgia, an upcoming Netflix YA series and is currently a staff writer on Turner & Hooch.

co-founder

Jerrica Long

Jerrica Long is a queer Florida raised and Brooklyn made writer and standup that has been gaining experience the last 5 years working as support staff on VEEP, Carol’s Second Act, Being Mary Jane, black-ish’ and Diary of a Future President. Jerrica writes character-driven comedies with social commentary on dating and relationships. She is drawn to stories about female friendship, love, and the failures of dating. Jerrica’s half-hour pilot, It’sJerricaSays, landed on the 2017 Bitch List, a selection of unproduced scripts that pass the Bechdel test. In 2018, her pilot Loveless was a semi-finalist for the Blacklist & MACRO Episodic Lab. In 2019, Jerrica was a finalist for Sundance’s New Voices Lab. She was featured on Elizabeth Bank’s WhoHaha 35 LGBTQ Creators We Love list. Last year she co-wrote an episode on the Disney+ series, Diary of A Future President. Most recently, Jerrica was tapped to help develop an animated show with Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine.

Young Entertainment Activists

As the hub for activism in entertainment, our organization provides tools and resources for our community of 3,500+ Hollywood leaders to make an impact in their industry and in the world. To find out more, visit our website.

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