Board of Advisors
Ricky Anderson, Esq.
Thomas Miles II
Dr. Carolyn Evans-Shabazz
Jalene M. Mack
Jalene is not only an entertainment attorney but this industry renaissance woman and ARTivist has successfully integrated the demanding roles of wife, mother, playwright, TV & Film producer, writer, actress currently starring as Wanda Kennedy in the UMC Network Houston drama 5th Ward, a hit television series renewed for a second season, Founder of Mack Performing Arts Collective (MPAC), a performing and visual arts nonprofit and author of The Business of Stage, Screen & in Between, Entertainment Attorney Jalene Mack's Practical Advice for Performers, Playwrights & Producers by keeping the focus on her long-term goal "to make an impact on the entertainment industry."
Jalene majored in Political Science and minored in Mass Communications receiving her Bachelor of Art's Degree from Xavier University of New Orleans in 1990. She received her Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in May, 1993 and was admitted to the bar thereafter. With over 27 years of expertise in the entertainment business, she remains passionate about using her legal and business skills to support artists and further their Arts business.
From her base in Houston, she has expanded her reach into the film centers of Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Austin, New Orleans and other cities. Ms. Mack's legal skills in Entertainment include a wide range of matters regarding Film & Television (scripted and unscripted) from development through distribution, Theater, Music, Books, Performing Artists, Contracts, Film Finance, Distribution, Federal Trademark & Copyright Registration and more. In addition to compiling a long list of acting credits in over 40 productions including Better Call Saul & Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and winning a Hollywood & Africa Prestigious Award (HAPA) for Best Supporting Actor for the independent film Christmas Belles, Jalene was also either Producer or Production Attorney on another three dozen or more films and TV series.
A few recent films she produced/executive produced include The Pillow Case (BET, Oct 2021) Staycation (ALLBLK, Feb 2022) One Crazy Christmas (Tammy Townsend, Shawn Blakemore), The Great Divide (BET, Darrin Henson, Tichina Arnold) and My B.F.F. (Aspire, C. Thomas Howell, Sean Patrick Thomas.) She recently served as production attorney to MTV's A Hip Hop Christmas (Dec 2021), Lifetime's Safe Space (Jan 2022) and Red Guerrilla Entertainment's North of the 10 (2022) which shot in Chicago and the UAE. A few clients former or present include Steve Harvey, Rushion McDonald, Kim Burrell, AJ Johnson, Kiana Dancie, LeToya Luckett, Nephew Tommy, Kenny Smith, Carl Payne, Greg Carter, Datari Turner, Rhyan LaMarr to name a few. Jalene also serves as the Executive Director of Tava Cares, a nonprofit that advocates financial assistance and resources to women diagnosed with breast cancer. For her work with the youth, contributions to the arts, law and the community, she has been honored with the President Barak Obama Lifetime Achievement Award, Top 30 Influential Women of Houston Award, Houston Lawyers Association, Matthew W. Plummer, Sr. Justice Award, Attorney of the Year Black Excellence Awards, and recently recognized as one of 40 Influential Women of 2020 by Los Angeles Wire Business Edition to name a few. She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. You can find Jalene on all social media and professional platforms: @JaleneMack. Websites: www.jalenemack.com, www.mpac-arts.org, www.tavacares.org.
Attorney Ricky Anderson, is a 1979 graduate of Benton Harbor High School, attended Prairie View A & M University, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1983, and his Juris Doctor Degree, from Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1992, and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas, in 1992.
Attorney Ricky Anderson, has been the Managing Partner of the Law Firm of Anderson & Smith P.C., since 1994, with their office in Houston, Texas, as well as, an Adjunct Professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law since 1998, where he Lectures Entertainment Law, Music Industry Contracts, and Trial Preparation. The National Bar Association's Entertainment Attorney of the Year, 2006-2007, recipient of the National Bar Association's Presidential Award 2008, 2012, 2014, and 2016, National Bar Association Entertainment, Sports & Arts Law Section of the Year Award 2014, the National Bar Association's Chair, Entertainment Sports and Arts Law Section 2010 to Present, National Bar Association's Board Member of the Year 2015, National Bar Association's Alternate Chair, Entertainment, Sports and Arts Law Section, 2008 - 2010, State Bar of Texas - Houston Bar Association Entertainment Attorney of the Year 2014, State Bar of Texas - African American Lawyer's Association Outstanding Achievement Awards 2015, American Bar Association - Thurgood Marshall School of Law Blue Ribbon Committee 2005-2014, Thurgood Marshall School of Law Barrister of the Year Award 2004, Texas Southern University Distinguished Alumni Award 2005, National Bar Association - Life Member, Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA) Life Member, Inducted into the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA) Entertainment Attorney Hall of Fame 2014, Advisor to the Grammy's Board of Governors Texas Chapter 2010 - 2011, Grammy U Advocate of Year 2010 - 2011, Grammy Governor for The Recording Academy, Texas Board of Governors 2007 - 2010, 2011 - Present, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., 100 Years of Excellence Award (1911-2011) Entertainment Attorney, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Life Member, Trustee, Prairie View A&M University Foundation (2013-Present), Thurgood Marshall School of Law Sports and Entertainment Appreciation Award 2010, 2013 and 2014, Texas Southern University School of Communication - Stellar Award 2014, Alumni Board Member 2012-2014, BESLA Honors Award 2012, Wisconsin African-American Lawyer Appreciation Award 2014, Houston Fisk University Alumni Association - Salutation Award 2014, Top Black Attorneys Living Legend Award 2012, Lifetime Achievement Award In The Spirit Entertainment 2016, Inducted into the National HBCU Pre Law Hall of Fame 2016, D-Mars Top 50 Black Attorneys Title Sponsor Award 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, Black MPAC - The State of Television & Film Industry Appreciation Award 2014, Texas Bar Foundation - Life Fellow, Houston Lawyer's Association - Community Service Award 2015, The North Houston Frontier Club - Greater Houston Frontier Club, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award 2017.
Thomas "Nephew Tommy" Miles has built a career that encompasses radio, television, film and more. Thomas' role as co-host of the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show puts him in front of a live radio audience of more than 8 million listeners daily. As Nephew Tommy he provides a key role in the morning show, perhaps best known for his prank calls, and lighting it up with his own cast of colorful characters.
Rushion McDonald is a two-time Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer, three-time NAACP Image Award Winner, host of Money Making Conversations radio show, creator of Baker Spotlight recipe library, Ambassador for Perfect Bake Scale, and owner of 3815 Media production company. Rushion McDonald is recognized throughout the entertainment industry for his successes in producing top television shows, movies, and events.
Dr. Carolyn Evans-Shabazz
Dr. Carolyn Evans-Shabazz is a native Houstonian from "Third Ward, Texas" and a proud graduate of Jack Yates High School. She is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. She has a master's degree in Psychology and a Doctorate of Education from Texas Southern University. Although she wears many hats, she had a long career working as a teacher and a Lead Evaluation Specialist before retiring from the Houston Independent School District in 2009. As an Executive Committee member of the NAACP-Houston Branch, and in particular as chairwoman of the Education Committee, she stays very active in the community addressing issues to bring about equality for all people. She has been a realtor in Houston for over thirty years. Dr. Evans-Shabazz is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and is a member of the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church.
Dr. Evans-Shabazz was recently the Houston Community College Trustee serving District IV and served as the first African American female Chairwoman of the Board for two consecutive years. Her mantra is "If I can help somebody as I pass along this way then my living will not be in vain" and thus feels that public service is her calling.
Her goals for District D are to provide information, as well as to seek resources for her constituents, to provide quality of life. She feels that education is the key to changing the circumstances of entire families. It is tantamount to reducing crime, preventing dumping and encourages civic participation. She seeks to provide avenues for this outreach and intends to engage with community organizations and institutions to encourage workforce and educational pursuits in order to provide skills and training. She seeks to have all of her constituents, who desire, to be gainfully employed. Statistically, those that are gainfully employed seldom engage in criminal activity and furthermore engage in the educational process of their children which is instrumental in producing good citizens for our future.
Dr. Evans-Shabazz's family hails from Prairie View, Texas as her grandfather was the first president of the university. Her parents were the late Edward B. "Doc" Evans, the coach for many years of the mighty Jack Yates lion's basketball team and the late Catherine Williams Evans, a teacher in the Houston Independent School District. She is the second child and has four siblings, Bert, Cathy, Charlotte, and Marc. She is married to Malik Shabazz, a local landscape design business owner.
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