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Michael B. Jordan launches Hollywood racial equality initiative


Actor Michael B. Jordan is working with a number of racial justice organisations to change the way in which Hollywood functions.

The actor, famed for his roles in films such as Fantastic Four, Creed and Black Panther, has teamed up with the ‘Color Of Change’ initiative to create his new #ChangeHollywood programme to seek equal opportunities within the film industry.

“Our goal is to provide a roadmap for action: concrete steps that individuals and organizations in Hollywood can take to move the industry toward racial justice,” a statement on the movement’s official website states.

“The history of racism in Hollywood is long and unforgivable: excluding Black talent, silencing Black voices, derailing Black careers, and using both the economic and cultural power of the industry to prop up police departments and the status quo of the criminal justice system. We can break the pattern, and change that trajectory. The understanding of Hollywood’s impact on society has never been more widespread, and the demand for addressing systemic racism in Hollywood has never been greater. We must answer the call to action.

“Everyone in Hollywood has a role to play. Some of us will demand change. Some of us will implement change. Some of us will hold people accountable for the commitments they make, or track the results of the changes being made.

“Collaborations like ours — between an actor/producer on the inside, and a racial justice advocate on the outside — can demonstrate the change that’s possible and also provide resources that support a wide range of individuals and organizations to take action.”

The #ChangeHollywood programme has earmarked a stringent plan to enact systematic change, offering more opportunities for Black talent and to eradicate the rolling variations of racist content,

“Hollywood has a history of racism… Excluding Black talent, silencing Black voices, derailing Black careers, and propping up policing and injustices…” Jordan wrote in a statement issued to Twitter.

“Hollywood, break the pattern it’s about that time!”

To find out how to help the cause, view the #ChangeHollywood website here.