Diversity in Hollywood has been the hot topic of conversation for some time now after the #OscarsSoWhite campaign. Now actor-producer Michael B. Jordan has teamed up with the nation’s largest online racial justice advocacy group, Color of Change, to create a new initiative aimed at diversifying Hollywood talent and offering marginalized creators to have more control of their stories.
The pair announced this week that they have partnered to launch the #ChangeHollywood initiative to petition leaders in various parts of the industry to invest more in Black talent and support Black communities. The project includes providing leadership recommendations and resources to implement that change. Back in 2018, Jordan announced that his production company, Outlier Society, would be including an inclusion rider on all projects to increase diversity and inclusivity.
“We are all accomplices in the fight to transform Hollywood, and we invite content creators and industry leaders to join us in working together to #ChangeHollywood,” Jordan told the Hollywood Reporter. “We look forward to including a variety of voices in doing what we do best: telling authentic stories, bringing people together, partnering with influential artists, and changing the rules of the game.”
“The legacy of racism in Hollywood is long and unforgivable: excluding Black talent, silencing Black voices, derailing Black careers, and using the economic power of the industry to prop up police who target and enact violence on Black communities,” said Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, to the Hollywood Reporter.
“We know from our advocacy that the industry won’t change on its own, so we’re building off our current work to hold Hollywood accountable to provide a roadmap to enacting racial justice. From the writers rooms to the streets, we are energized and ready to help Hollywood follow through on their statements that Black lives matter.”
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To #ChangeHollywood, the industry needs to: 1. Divest from Police 2. Invest in Anti-Racist Content 3. Invest in Black Talent and Careers 4. Invest in Black Communities We can help break the pattern of racism in Hollywood. Read COC’s + @michaelbjordan roadmap to real change: bit.ly/changehollywoodroadmap