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Meet Marquis Hunt of Welcome To The Table in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marquis Hunt.

Marquis, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started studying communications in college and I’ve always known the importance of dialogue. It was around 2017 when I noticed that there weren’t any talk shows that catered to my demographic and came from the perspective of the everyday millennial. Most of the talk shows on TV were from people with a background in the industry. I wanted to change that, by creating a show where everyone would have a place to come and feel welcomed as well as expressed there concerns for issues that mattered to them,

I started the initial franchise of the show in the Bay Area with my then business partner Keya Matthews. We brought on some amazing people and carried out some amazing topics. We both had a desire to bring more voices on our show and improve the conversations that were had. We pushed the envelope and sometimes challenged the status quo of our society.

We are now three seasons in and are excited to be in the works for a fourth season but this time we will be starting our LA franchise of the show.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Oh No! This has not been the smoothest road but it has been something really rewarding. The earlier stages were probably the most complicated. Keya and myself were newbies to this business and had to learn the hard way about hiring contractors, quality of work, etc. We initially hired a local videographer to get the first season off the ground and that failed miserably. We also had some issues with getting our roles together in business and that was faced with a lot of push backs. Even when it came to getting the right panelist and being satisfied with the content that we put out. These are all trials and errors when it comes to your business, especially when you are passionate about something.

Please tell us about Welcome To The Table.
Our business is called “Welcome To The Table”, it is a millennial based and talk show that tackles social issues and pop culture. The show specializes in providing a safe space for all millennial to come share their perspective on a wide range of topics and to challenge the status quo. The intention for our show is for the viewers to be entertained as well as informed on what going on around us. We are known for being polarizing, hilarious and diversity is apart of our mission. It makes me extremely proud that we have made some people feel at home, feel safe, we are bringing communities together that isn’t always seen. I think the thing that sets us apart is that our mission statement is our culture and we strive to be a fair and honest representation of the world around us.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was extremely creative in all aspects, I always had this thing about creating a world. Rather that was in a video game, writing stories, building things such as clubhouses with friends. The one constant thing that always interested me was creating a space that was mine and for the people I cared for. I was always super honest and nice to everyone always trying to make a friend. Even though I was considered to be “Popular” I still made friends of the less popular crowd.

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