Actor and producer Michael B. Jordan and Color of Change have partnered to launch the #ChangeHollywoodInitiative a roadmap to “invest in anti-racist content and authentic Black stories, invest in Black talent and reinvest police funds to support Black communities.”
As announced by The Hollywood Reporter, this groundbreaking new initiative will provide companies, executive leadership, staff and talent with recommendations as well as resources to support follow-through, including directories, templates, audit analysis, taskforce convenings, writer’s rooms and consulting sessions.
“This roadmap is just the beginning of the journey to racial justice. 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,” says Jordan who is also the CEO of Outlier Society. “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.”
In 2018, the Creed star announced that his production company Outlier Society would use an inclusion rider for all projects. The film Just Mercy was the first produced under that new initiative launched with WarnerMedia.
“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, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. “We know from our advocacy that the industry won’t change on it’s 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.”
For more information about the #ChangeHollywoodInitiative, click here.
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