Michael B Jordan says Hollywood should ‘commit to black hiring’ in speech at Los Angeles protest

Michael B Jordan asked the people in the movie business to commit to hiring more black people.

FP Staff June 07, 2020 16:17:09 IST
Michael B Jordan says Hollywood should ‘commit to black hiring’ in speech at Los Angeles protest

Actor Michael B Jordan has called on Hollywood studios, agencies and industry insiders to “invest in black staff”.

During a protest against systemic racism and police brutality organised by the Big 4 agencies in the wake of George Floyd’s death, the Creed star asked the people in the movie business to commit to hiring more black people.

“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,” Jordan said while addressing the crowd.

The actor, who played Oscar Grant, an African American man killed by a police officer in the 2013 film Fruitvale Station, said the role made him feel the pain of racial abuse victims.

Watch the full speech here


View this post on Instagram

#justice #blmla #bldpwr 🎥 @producertommy

A post shared by Black Love (@blacklove) on

“I lived with that for a very long time and it weighs on me. Producing that movie made me really realise the lengths that the government and oppressors will go to keep knowledge out of your hands,” he said of the film.

Jordan said when he played attorney Bryan Stevenson in Just Mercy, he understood the importance of being calm and closer to the issue. The actor produced the legal drama, also starring Jamie Foxx.

“I learned his tactics. I learned his mentality. I learned his approach to things. Very calm. Very strategic. Very thoughtful. You have to be proximal. You have to be close to (the) issues,” he added.

Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man died on 25 May in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes in an encounter caught on video. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with murder and manslaughter.

(With inputs from Press Trust of India)

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Christopher Nolan's espionage-thriller to finally release in India on 4 December
Entertainment

Christopher Nolan's espionage-thriller to finally release in India on 4 December

Tenet was the first big-budget Hollywood feature to go for a theatrical release in August since the pandemic shut down cinemas worldwide in March.

Naya Rivera's ex-husband files wrongful-death lawsuit months after actor's drowning incident
Entertainment

Naya Rivera's ex-husband files wrongful-death lawsuit months after actor's drowning incident

The lawsuit blames Ventura County and managers of Lake Piru, and claims 'negligence' was involved around Naya Rivera's death

Wonder Woman 1984 to debut simultaneously in US theatres, HBO Max on Christmas, announces Gal Gadot
Entertainment

Wonder Woman 1984 to debut simultaneously in US theatres, HBO Max on Christmas, announces Gal Gadot

While Wonder Woman 1984 will release in international theatres on 16 December, the Patty Jenkins directorial will also be made available to HBO Max subscribers free of charge for its first month.