Michael B. Jordan Urges Hollywood to Invest In Black Staff

Watch Just Mercy and Black Panther’s Michael B. Jordan deliver a passionate speech at Black Lives Matter demonstration urging Hollywood to invest in Black staff 

Alexandria Jordan

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: June 9th, 2020 12:28 pm pst

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“We can’t be quiet…we are in the heart of Hollywood right now and they need to go on notice,” 

Micheal B. Jordan opened up as he delivered his passionate speech at a Black Lives Matter demonstration. 

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After noting four of his character portrayals, the 33 year old stated how they all affected his life and taught him something about race relations. He described his roles in Black Panther, Fruitvale Station, Fahrenheit 451, and Just Mercy, where he portrayed social justice activist/attorney Bryan Stevenson. 

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With embodying his characters, Jordan said, 

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“I learned his tactics, mentality, and approach to things. He was very calm, strategic, and thoughtful. We have to be close to the issues. We have to be here together.”

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Jordan noted that he dedicated his production company, Outlier Society, to hiring an inclusion rider, which requires filmmakers to meet diversity benchmarks and ensure that minorities get opportunities within the entertainment industry. However, he wanted to do more by using his power and demand diversity in Hollywood.

“We are in the heart of Hollywood right now, one of the world’s most powerful industries and I am an active member of that. And they need to go on notice,” he said. “Anybody that deals with me, if you have racist beliefs, if you have a racist bone in your body, if you’re not with me, if you don’t stand with me and people that look like me, you don’t need to be with me. I use my power to demand diversity but it’s time that studios and agencies do the same.”

“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 … So let us bring our darkness to the light. We’re done with discrimination. Can you help fund Black brands…companies? Black organizations?,” Jordan added.

Insecure’s Kendrick Sampson was also at the protest.

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Alexandria Jordan is an on-air host and red carpet correspondent with AfterBuzz TV and Black Hollywood Live. She is passionate about all things entertainment and loves connecting with people who share similar interests.

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