Michael B. Jordon called on Hollywood to hire more black creators in a speech during a protest in Los Angeles.
The Just Mercy actor addressed police brutality and the inequalities in the entertainment industry during a Black Lives Matter march organised by the four prominent talent agencies CAA, UTA, WME and ICM Partners, reports Variety.
"I want us to invest in Black staff. I'm proud to have an inclusion rider and all that good stuff, and I use my power to demand diversity, but it's time the studios and agencies and all these buildings we stand in front of to do the same."
He added: "You committed to a 50/50 gender parity in 2020. Where is the challenge to commit to Black hiring? Black content led by Black executives, Black consultants? Are you policing our storytelling as well?
"Let us bring our darkness to the light. Black culture: the sneakers, sports, comedic culture that you guys love so much. We've dealt with discrimination at every turn. Can you help fund Black brands, companies, cultural leaders, Black organisations?"
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Actor Michael B Jordan speaks to protestors— NICK HAMILTON (@NickHamiltonLA) June 6, 2020
“Where is the challenge to commit to Black hiring? Black content lead by Black executives, Black consultants.”
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Since the death of George Floyd in May people have taken to the streets to protest police brutality and racism.