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Isisara Bey

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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Entertainment Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange and Amber
Favorite Food:
Curry
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Someplace New
Favorite Quote:
The Rest Of My Life Is The Best Of My Life.

Birthplace

Born:
7/18/1953
Birth Location:
Brooklyn, New York

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Entertainment Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange and Amber
Favorite Food:
Curry
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Someplace New
Favorite Quote:
The Rest Of My Life Is The Best Of My Life.

Birthplace

Born:
7/18/1953
Birth Location:
Brooklyn
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Biography

Corporate entertainment executive and event producer Isisara Bey was born on July 18, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York to Shirley and Eustace Jones of Guyana. She graduated from the Academy of St. Joseph in Brentwood, New York with honors in 1970. Bey earned her B.A. degree in theater in 1976 and her M.A. degree in media communications in 1980, both from Antioch University.

Bey’s career began as an on-air personality for WEAA.FM at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. She then worked as an award-winning news writer and producer for WJZ-TV. In 1988, Bey began working at Sony Pictures Entertainment in Los Angeles, California as a management associate. She was promoted to director of corporate affairs in 1992, later becoming the senior director. She then transferred to Sony Music Entertainment in New York City as vice president, corporate affairs. She retired from the position in 2007, and became the vice president of programs for the non-profit organization, Count Me in For Women’s Economic Independence. She also founded her own consulting company, Journey Agent Productions, serving as a keynote speaker, live events producer and workshop facilitator. Her U.S. and international clients included the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, the Apollo Theater, New York Public Radio, American Society of Transplantation, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Odyssey Media Business Women’s Retreat, Association of Southeast Asian Nations Women of the World (WOW) Festival, Vital Voices and Pathways to Prosperity. She served as the artistic director of the March on Washington Film Festival in Washington, D.C. since 2014.

Bey served on the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation board, and organized the first Congressional Tri-Caucus retreats of Black, Hispanic, and Asian & Pacific Islander members of Congress. Bey also served on the boards of the National Book Foundation, Tony Bennett’s Exploring the Arts Foundation, Rhythm & Blues Foundation and the e-Women Network Advisory Council.

As a news producer for WJZ-TV, Bey received the National Unity Award for reporting on social issues and Maryland’s Associated Press award for best investigative/documentary. She was also awarded the Outstanding Radio, Producer, Short Form award from Associated Press.

Bey has one daughter named Makara Bey.

Isisara Bey was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 29, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Isisara Bey's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Isisara Bey lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Isisara Bey describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Isisara Bey talks about the history of Guyana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Isisara Bey talks about her mother's education and immigration
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Isisara Bey describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Isisara Bey talks about her extended family in Guyana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Isisara Bey describes her upbringing in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Isisara Bey talks about the establishment of the St. Peter Claver School in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Isisara Bey remembers the Academy of St. Joseph in Brentwood, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Isisara Bey remembers her early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Isisara Bey recalls her experiences of discrimination at the Academy of St. Joseph
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Isisara Bey remembers developing an interest in radio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Isisara Bey talks about her college scholarship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Isisara Bey recalls her start at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Isisara Bey remembers the social movements of the late 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Isisara Bey describes her parents' perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Isisara Bey remembers her decision to leave the University of Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Isisara Bey recalls how she came to attend Antioch College in Columbia, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Isisara Bey recalls joining the Theatre Project in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Isisara Bey recalls her introduction to the Moorish Science Temple of America
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Isisara Bey describes the history of the Moorish Science Temple of America
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Isisara Bey recalls her activism with the Moorish Science Temple of America
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Isisara Bey talks about the reparations movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Isisara Bey talks about the influence of the Moorish Science Temple of America
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Isisara Bey describes her current affiliation with the Moorish Science Temple of America
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Isisara Bey remembers her influences at Antioch College in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Isisara Bey talks about Take Our Daughters to Work Day
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Isisara Bey remembers her employment during graduate school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Isisara Bey recalls hosting the morning show on WEAA Radio in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Isisara Bey remembers the programming on WEAA Radio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Isisara Bey recalls teaching at Morgan State College in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Isisara Bey remembers her internship at WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Isisara Bey talks about the growth of black radio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Isisara Bey recalls receiving an award for her news coverage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Isisara Bey talks about the death of her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Isisara Bey remembers the management training program at Columbia Pictures
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Isisara Bey describes her position in corporate affairs at Columbia Pictures
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Isisara Bey talks about Sidney Poitier's impact on the film industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Isisara Bey recalls her mentors at Columbia Pictures
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Isisara Bey recalls creating a diversity symposium for film executives, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Isisara Bey recalls creating a diversity symposium for film executives, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Isisara Bey reflects upon the legacy of H. LeBaron Taylor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Isisara Bey remembers the speakers at her diversity symposium
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Isisara Bey recalls the response to her diversity symposium
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Isisara Bey recalls her exhibition of portraits from the Columbia Records archives
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Isisara Bey recalls her promotion to head of corporate affairs at Sony Music Entertainment
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Isisara Bey recalls hosting a retreat for the Congressional Tri-Caucus
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Isisara Bey remembers her decision to adopt a child
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Isisara Bey remembers traveling to Cambodia to adopt her daughter
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Isisara Bey describes how adopting her daughter changed her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Isisara Bey remembers adjusting to single parenthood
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Isisara Bey recalls her challenges at the Sony Music Diversity Council
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Isisara Bey recalls her role in the founding of the Congressional Tri-Caucus
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Isisara Bey describes her work at Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Isisara Bey remembers her TEDx talk
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Isisara Bey recalls founding Journey Agent Productions
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Isisara Bey talks about the March on Washington Film Festival, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Isisara Bey talks about the March on Washington Film Festival, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Isisara Bey remembers the Women of the World Festival
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Isisara Bey reflects upon her career, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Isisara Bey reflects upon her career, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Isisara Bey describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Isisara Bey reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Isisara Bey talks about her family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Isisara Bey describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Isisara Bey narrates her photographs