Hollywood Icon Robert Townsend is an award-winning director who has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Taking the leap to pursue his passion started with just one credit card and now – he’s considered one of the Godfathers of independent Cinema. He has produced and starred in films like The Five Heart Beats, Hollywood Shuffle and The Meteor Man just to name a few. Whether he’s performing standup, writing, producing, acting or directing… there is no doubt that his magic and versatile talent are undeniable. With over 20 years of experience in the business, Robert has grown a passion for passing on his knowledge. He takes time to participate in humanitarian efforts and speak to various organizations. During his time as a speaker for the United Negro College Fund and the NAACP, his concern for inner city youth took him throughout the country to inspire young people to follow their dreams. Now, we are proud to welcome Robert Townsend to the SBI family!