Roland Laird is the founder and CEO of Posro Media, an entertainment production company that explores African American history and culture in a variety of formats including comics, books, radio, video, and film. Posro projects’ positive imagery is designed to stand in sharp contrast to the mass media’s often unrealistic and misleading portraits of the African American community. The company’s fresh and historically accurate perspective on topics ranging from slavery to sports, politics, and superheroes have garnered praise from national media including The Today Show and MTV.
In the early 1990s, Posro was one of the first black-owned independent comic book companies, publishing the hip hop-infused series MC Squared. Based in Harlem, MC Squared chronicled the life of Earl Terrel, a brilliant young barber who designs computer games on the side. Three issues were published between 1991-94. Issue #3 was archived in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown for its focus on the Negro Leagues.
From 1993-1994, Posro syndicated the comic strip “The Griots” to black-owned newspapers. Offering insights about black history and culture with the use of witty lines and catch-phrases, “The Griots” received acclaim from media outlets including The New York Times, The Source, and Entertainment Weekly.
In addition to his role at Posro, Roland is the celebrated co-author of “Still I Rise: A Graphic History of Afican Americans”, a critically acclaimed work with an impressive scope: the entire history of Black America, told in an accessible 216 page graphic-novel form, and re-released in February 2009. Roland is also the co-founder and managing director of My Image Studios (MIST), a ten million dollar entertainment venue based in Harlem and scheduled to open in late 2009. This multifaceted 20,000 square foot venue will feature the art and culture of the African, Latino Diaspora and include 3 screening rooms, a restaurant, cafe and post-production facility. MIST is located in the Kalahari Condominiums, a 250 unit mixed income LEED certified “green” building. MIST will be the first green convergent entertainment complex in the United States.