Hollywood has made some strides over the decades to racially diversify its ranks but there is quite a long way to go according to many. Michael B. Jordan is among many powerful Black voices leading a charge alongside many other Black entertainers and figures in the industry with the new #ChangeHollywood initiative.
Via Twitter, the Black Panther star took to Twitter to announce the Change Hollywood initiative, listing out the aims of the burgeoning movement.
“Hollywood has a history of racism … Excluding Black talent, silencing Black voices, derailing Black careers, and propping up policing and injustices… Hollywood, break the pattern it’s about that time,” Jordan tweeted this past Thursday (July 23).
He added, “We are all accomplices in this fight to transform Hollywood. Our power is beyond measure. Our stories shift culture. S/O to real ones @ava @kendrick38 @tessathompson_x @WeBldPwr for their calls to action. “The industry won’t change on its own!” – @rashadrobinson #ChangeHollywood.”
Working with Color Of Change, Jordan rolled out the initiative’s action plan and while also opening the platform to new ideas from those who wish to join the effort.
“#ChangeHollywood is an initiative @ColorOfChange. The collab we launched today — creatives on the inside, advocates on the outside — illuminates a roadmap to change. And we’ll build resources to help it happen. Just reach out w/ what you need or want to do #ChangeHollywood.”
Shortly after making the call, several others began using the #ChangeHollywood tag and promised to lend their support to the burgeoning movement while also laying out their plans as well. Not surprisingly, critics of Jordan’s call to action are pushing back because they feel there are bigger fish to fry, not taking into account that Jordan nor his collaborators have said anything to suggest that there aren’t other pertinent issues present.
We’ve got some of the reactions, along with Michael B. Jordan’s tweets, listed out below.
I'm excited to announce our new Hollywood initiative today! #changehollywood, a roadmap for change, lays out ways to invest in anti-racist content & authentic Black stories, invest in Black talent & reinvest police funds to support Black communities. https://t.co/JDm51F5sZU pic.twitter.com/f7biRHC05w— Kristen Marston (@misskrist10) July 23, 2020
I created a dark comedy series based on my life as a goth Black sex worker + socialist organizer in post-Katrina New Orleans. It’s a good time! Here's the link to the BLACKLIGHT pilot.— blacklightontv (@blacklightontv) July 23, 2020
Please watch + RT. 🖤 #ChangeHollywood https://t.co/o42VT02eMw pic.twitter.com/Xh5eDVkkPn
All over @michaelb4jordan's #ChangeHollywood. I'm pretty tired of Latinos in media being: (1) Acceptably "white" enough to "pass"; (2) Being the same 3-4 faces (no disrespect to @georgelopez and @edwardjolmos); (3) Stigmatized/stereotyped when they're Afro-Latino. @ColorofChange pic.twitter.com/nzGHBBej3t— Will Andrade (@IrtsyArtsy) July 24, 2020
#ChangeHollywood are you serious? Almost every single Netflix show and new series has POC. Blacks won Grammys and emmys every year. And you’re still complaining? What do you want? To win every single award?— oh hey u (@ohheyu1) July 24, 2020
There’s always one.
In order to #ChangeHollywood, we have to build pathways to nurture burgeoning Black talent. Excited to partner with @michaelb4jordan as we affirm, defend & invest in resources to support Black stories and Black storytellers. https://t.co/6wOzmB4FCnhttps://t.co/8mzwRGnemb— Rashad Robinson (@rashadrobinson) July 24, 2020
A good step in this process is to promote the employees that ARE trying to help. So many people are in positions underneath people blatant in their refusal to hire BIPOC.— Harper (@harperwild) July 24, 2020
LETS BOOST THE EMPLOYEES WHO ARE READY, ABLE, AND TRYING HELP!#ChangeHollywood