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Samuel L. Jackson, Kenneth Cole to host diversity event 
In this Nov. 23, 2015 file photo, Salma Hayek poses for photographers at the British Fashion Awards 2015 in London. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File)
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Celebrities from music, film, fashion, sport and academia — including Samuel L. Jackson, Kenneth Cole, Jason Collins, America Ferrera, Salma Hayek, Quincy Jones, and Emilio and Gloria Estefan — have signed up to co-chair a two-day convention to celebrate diversity and unity.

The Rise Up as One event, scheduled for Oct. 14-15 at a location still being worked out, will have performances, talks and cultural expositions. A concert on Oct. 15 will be broadcast live on Univision Network and on Fusion.

Other co-chairs for the event include Henry Louis "Skip" Gates, Forest Whitaker, Junot Diaz, Nicolas Berggruen, T Bone Burnett, Ximena Caminos, Ava DuVernay, Don Graham, Dr. Henry Jenkins, Mia Maestro, Jonathan Olinger, Eduardo Padron, Residente and Robert Rodriguez.

More details are expected in the coming days.