Actor Michael B. Jordan is partnering with Color of Change to launch the ChangeHollywood initiative that creates a roadmap for how the industry can better invest in Black stories, talent and communities.The plan lays out tangible ways that Hollywood can invest in anti-racist content as well as reinvest police funds to instead support Black communities.Companies, executive leadership, staff and talent participating in the roadmap will be provided with recommendations and forthcoming resources for directories, templates, analysis, taskforce convenings, writers’ rooms, consulting sessions and other emerging ideas.Also Read: Michael B Jordan Urges Hollywood to 'Commit to Black Hiring' at BLM ProtestThe key aspects of the roadmap, which you view in full here, include:Investing in anti-racist content and authentic Black stories through educational materials, resource lists and content creation support Investing in Black talent and careers with advancements in recruitment, hiring practices, trainings and transparent disclosures Shifting investment in police towards investment in Black communities, including advocating for independent security, support for Black owned businesses, financial support of community-led programing and new streams of communication between the industry and Black communities. “The legacy of racism in Hollywood is long and unforgivable: excluding Black talent, silencing Black voices, derailing Black careers, and using the economic power of the industry to prop up police who target and enact violence on Black communities,” Rashad Robinson, president of Color Of Change, said in a statement. “We know from our advocacy that the industry won’t change on it’s own, so we’re building off our current work to hold Hollywood accountable to offer these resources and a roadmap toward enacting racial justice. From the writers’ rooms to the streets, we are energized and ready to help Hollywood follow through on their statements that Black lives matter.”Also Read: Paramount Shifts Michael B Jordan's 'Without Remorse' Back to February 2021“This roadmap is just the beginning of the journey to racial justice. We are all accomplices in the fight to transform Hollywood, and we invite content creators and industry leaders to join us in working together to ChangeHollywood,” Jordan, CEO of Outlier Society, said in a statement. “We look forward to including a variety of voices in doing what we do best: telling authentic stories, bringing people together, partnering with influential artists, and changing the rules of the game.”Jordan’s Outlier Society and Color Of Change have already begun conversations with companies like WME and Endeavor Content and organizations like BLD PWR about commitments to this initiative, with more details to come.The ChangeHollywood initiative is urging everyone in the industry to make bold moves to affirm, defend and invest in Black lives through honest storytelling, value-aligned financial investment and systemic change within the industry.Read original story Michael B Jordan and Color of Change Aim to ChangeHollywood With Investment in Black Stories and Talent At TheWrap
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On Friday’s episode of “Real Time,” Bill Maher used the “New Rules” segment to mock white people for “culturally appropriating” the Black Lives Matter movement. But he also asked activists to go just a little bit easier on white people who might be trying to join the movement but still have some more learning to do to get caught up.‘New rule: black people have to demand that white people stop culturally appropriating how mad they are about racism. It’s great that Caucasians have finally joined the fight for racial justice in unprecedented numbers, but hating racism the most? You can’t steal that,” Maher began.Maher joked that “Elvis taking little Richard’s act, that was bad enough,” and then he mentioned Victor Sengbe, a Black Oakland resident who hung ropes around his local park to serve as exercise aids, but ended up being condemned as racist by Oakland’s mayor, Libby Schaaf, because they resembled nooses.Also Read: Bill Maher Imagines Future Headlines From His Summer Break: 'All Musicians on Earth Demand Trump Stop Playing Their Music'“She said, ‘These incidents will be investigated as a hate crime.’ Why is this white woman seeing racism where a black man isn’t? The mayor also said, ‘intentions don’t matter.’ But they do matter,” Maher said before transitioning to his main point. “And white people need to stop trying to cancel other white people whose heart is in the right place but don’t get it exactly right on the first try.”“A few weeks ago when everyone was posting a black square on Instagram, Buzzfeed wrote, ‘Influencers: It’s a privilege to post a black square and then go back to your usual content.’ As opposed to what, abandoning your life and just posting a black square every day?” Maher continued. “People got called out for not posting the square, then for just posting it without speaking out. And then for posting it and speaking out, but not voicing their support in the exact way that was said in the new decoder ring. They were helping wrong.”For one example, Maher listed Ellen DeGeneres, who was accused of being “Vague” and tone deaf — particularly since she recently defended her friendship with former president George W. Bush — after she tweeted “People of color in this country have faced injustice for far too long.”“Okay that may not be exactly ‘Black Lives Matter,’ but it’s also very true and pretty close to what we’re trying to get everyone to understand,” Maher said in her defense. “Liberalism should be about lifting people up, and you don’t do that by slapping down people who are trying to say, ‘I’m on your side.’ No wonder white people right now are acting like a nervous waiter on their first day. So scared of making a mistake they put a fork in your iced tea and a straw on your salad.”Also Read: Bill Maher Says Millennials Need to Save the Economy From Coronavirus - Even at Grandparents' Expense (Video)“We don’t wanna chant the wrong chant, or hold the wrong sign. Hey, please, it’s all we can do to clap on the right beat. You want to be a good ally but not too good or you’re being a ‘white savior.’ Use your voice but don’t make it about yourself. But speak up unless it’s your time to just listen, and then silence is violence,” he said. “Hey, even though sometimes silence just means someone works two jobs and has three kids. They have baby food on their shirt not hate in their heart.Maher then talked about sportscaster Grant Napear, who was fired by the Sacramento Kings after tweeting “ALL LIVES MATTER” when asked by Golden State Warriors player DeMarcus Cousins for his thoughts on Black Lives Matter. “All Lives Matter,” especially when expressed in all caps, is widely understood to indicate criticism of BLM.Maher has previously criticized “All Lives Matter,” saying in 2015 that it “implies that all lives are equally at risk, and they’re not.” But on Friday’s episode, he said he didn’t think that was the case with Napear. “What he said came from a place of ignorance not racism. That difference is important. Someone could have just explained to him why there’s a deservedly special reason we single out black lives for protection. But now, instead of a possible ally, we create a bitter unemployed person,” Maher said.Also Read: Bill Maher Asks When Republicans Will Use Their Safe Word to Stop 'Mistress Covfefe' Trump (Video)“Willow Smith, yes Willow Smith, said, ‘I’m seeing people shaming others… for what they are choosing to say or shaming people for not saying anything at all. I feel like if we really want change, shaming doesn’t lead to learning,” Maher continued. “She gets it. Surely people twice her age could make the effort. I worry that the kind of tension that the guardians of gotcha are creating is going to make people afraid to mingle at all and thrust us back towards a re-segregation of sorts. Where instead of just seeing a person and not a color, now we’re only seeing color.“Maybe this is old-school liberalism talking, but I don’t think that’s the way to go. Let’s hang out. And if I fuck up tell me why, not goodbye. It’s a gradual years-long process. Like Trump descending a ramp. But things are better when the races get together,” Maher concluded.Read original story Bill Maher Says White People Should Go Easy on Other White People ‘Whose Heart Is in The Right Place’ About BLM At TheWrap
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Former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart thinks the Black Lives Matter protests that have erupted across the United States in recent weeks might finally lead to more accountability due to the increased size and intensity of those rallies in the wake of George Floyd’s death.“Maybe. Look, every advancement toward equality has come with the spilling of blood. Then, when that’s over, a defensiveness from the group that had been doing the oppressing,” Stewart told the New York Times Magazine in an interview published Monday. “There’s always this begrudging sense that black people are being granted something, when it’s white people’s lack of being able to live up to the defining words of the birth of the country that is the problem. There’s a lack of recognition of the difference in our system. Chris Rock used to do a great bit: ”No white person wants to change places with a black person. They don’t even want to exchange places with me, and I’m rich.’ It’s true. There’s not a white person out there who would want to be treated like even a successful black person in this country. And if we don’t address the why of that treatment, the how is just window dressing.”Stewart added: “You know, we’re in a bizarre time of quarantine. White people lasted six weeks and then stormed a state building with rifles, shouting: ‘Give me liberty! This is causing economic distress! I’m not going to wear a mask, because that’s tyranny!’ That’s six weeks versus 400 years of quarantining a race of people. The policing is an issue, but it’s the least of it. We use the police as surrogates to quarantine these racial and economic inequalities so that we don’t have to deal with them.”Also Read: Jay Pharoah Says LAPD Officer Knelt on His Neck, Shares Security FootageStewart has — for the most part — removed himself entirely from the entertainment industry since leaving “The Daily Show” in Trevor Noah’s hands in 2015, with the exception of making a handful of appearances on pal Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” and to be an advocate for various political causes he backs. He’s reappearing now to promote political satire “Irresistible,” a film written and directed by Stewart, which is coming out amid a pandemic and the resurgence of BLM protests (a situation that Stewart compares to “showing up to a plane crash with a chocolate bar”).The former Comedy Central late-night host told NYT Magazine that the killing of Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day is part of a “cycle” and “in some ways, the issue is that we’re addressing the wrong problem.”“We continue to make this about the police — the how of it. How can they police? Is it about sensitivity and de-escalation training and community policing? All that can make for a less-egregious relationship between the police and people of color. But the how isn’t as important as the why, which we never address,” Stewart said. “The police are a reflection of a society. They’re not a rogue alien organization that came down to torment the black community. They’re enforcing segregation. Segregation is legally over, but it never ended. The police are, in some respects, a border patrol, and they patrol the border between the two Americas. We have that so that the rest of us don’t have to deal with it. Then that situation erupts, and we express our shock and indignation. But if we don’t address the anguish of a people, the pain of being a people who built this country through forced labor — people say, ”I’m tired of everything being about race.” Well, imagine how [expletive] exhausting it is to live that.”Also Read: Watch Dave Chappelle Respond to George Floyd's Death in Surprise Netflix Special '8:46' (Video)Stewart says “police brutality is an organic offshoot of the dehumanization of those power structures.”“There are always going to be consequences of authority. When you give someone a badge and a gun, that’s going to create its own issues, and there’s no question that those issues can be addressed with greater accountability,” he added. “It can be true that you can value and admire the contribution and sacrifice that it takes to be a law-enforcement officer or an emergency medical worker in this country and yet still feel that there should be standards and accountability. Both can be true. But I still believe that the root of this problem is the society that we’ve created that contains this schism, and we don’t deal with it, because we’ve outsourced our accountability to the police.”Read original story Jon Stewart on Black Lives Matter Protests: ‘Every Advancement Toward Equality Has Come With the Spilling of Blood’ At TheWrap
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Fox News has repeatedly published digitally altered photographs as part of a series of stories about protests on Seattle’s Capitol Hill that aired June 12.The misleading images were first discovered by the Seattle Times, which raised the issue to Fox News.“Fox’s site had no disclaimers revealing the photos had been manipulated. The network removed the images after inquiries from The Seattle Times,” The Times reported June 12.The photos are purported to be taken inside Seattle’s so-called “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone,” a six-block radius in downtown Seattle that is now outside police control. The area was established May 25 after Mayor Jenny Durkan ordered Seattle police to abandon their East Precinct station during protests against the May 25 killing of George Floyd. Seattle residents have nicknamed the reclaimed police station the “Seattle People Station.”Also Read: Spike Lee's 'Da 5 Bloods' Has a Bonus Scene After the CreditsOne of the altered images used by Fox News shows a civilian standing outside a demolished storefront with a military assault rifle. The Seattle Times reports the image is not one photograph but a “mashup” of several photos from different days and different photographers — created by layering images from riots in downtown Seattle on May 30 under a Getty Images photo of a man with a gun. Fox News also published an alternate version of this image, where the armed man appeared to stand in front of a sign that said, “You are now entering Free Cap Hill.”Fox removed the images, telling the Times “we have replaced our photo illustration with the clearly delineated images of a gunman and a shattered storefront, both of which were taken this week in Seattle’s autonomous zone.”However, according to the Times, that statement and the new photos are also misleading. The gunman photo is from June 10, but the storefront image it has been combined with is a Getty Images photo dated May 30, the paper said.Fox also used images from protests in other states in its coverage of the Seattle unrest. The network published an image of burning streets in St. Paul, Minnesota as part of its package on Seattle May 30, along with the headline “CRAZY TOWN.” Fox has since also removed that image.On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported Seattle is negotiating with Black Lives Matter activists to determine a way to clear the Autonomous Zone and return the area to a semblance of normal. The local activists say they won’t leave the area until the City meets a list of demands, which include redirecting half of the Seattle Police Department’s budget to aid the black community.Also Read: Jay Pharoah Says LAPD Officer Knelt on His Neck, Shares Security FootageBlack Lives Matter spokesperson Jessica Kilpatrick told the Wall Street Journal about the unrest, “it’s a temporary occupation until we get our demands met.”A Fox News spokesperson provided TheWrap a copy of the editor’s note Fox News published addressing the issue. “Editor’s Note: A FoxNews.com home page photo collage which originally accompanied this story included multiple scenes from Seattle’s ‘Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone’ and of wreckage following recent riots. The collage did not clearly delineate between these images, and has since been replaced. In addition, a recent slideshow depicting scenes from Seattle mistakenly included a picture from St. Paul, Minnesota. Fox News regrets these errors.”Read original story Fox News Used Digitally Altered Photos in Coverage of Seattle Protests and ‘Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone’ At TheWrap
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Spectrum Originals has delayed the season 2 premiere of “L.A.’s Finest” amid the nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism.The “Bad Boys” spinoff was scheduled to return for its sophomore season on Monday with its first three episodes available, but has instead decided to push it back until later 2020, the network confirmed to TheWrap.Since the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer on Memorial Day, protests have erupted nationwide — and in many international cities — in all 50 states calling for police reform. Last week, A&E pulled new episodes of “Live PD” from its schedule that were supposed to air over the weekend.Also Read: New Episodes of 'Live PD', 'Cops' Pulled Amid George Floyd ProtestsA spinoff of the “Bad Boys” film series, “L.A.’s Finest” features Gabrielle Union reprising her role as Syd Burnett from 2003’s “Bad Boys II.” Now an LAPD detective, Syd is paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba). Alba and Union are executive producers on the series alongside Brandon Margolis, Brandon Sonnier, Pam Veasey, Doug Belgrad, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed, Jeff Gaspin, Jeff Morrone and pilot director Anton Cropper.Fox picked up for the first season of “L.A.’s Finest” to air in the fall while it waits for production to start on the majority of its series. California governmor Gavin Newsom said that filming could start in the state as soon as the end of this week.Read original story Spectrum Delays ‘LA’s Finest’ Season 2 Premiere Amid Police Protests At TheWrap
As a wave of peaceful protests coursed through Los Angeles on Saturday, actor Michael B. Jordan urged Hollywood to “commit to black hiring” at a rally in Century City.The “Just Mercy” actor called on all those in the entertainment industry, including studios and agencies, to “invest” in black talent. “You committed to a 50/50 gender parity in 2020,” Jordan said. “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.”Protesting police brutality and racial injustice, he encouraged everyone to speak out and supported all those attending the protest, saying, “we have to be here together.”Also Read: Watch John Boyega's Passionate Speech at Black Lives Matter London Rally: 'We Have Always Been Important' (Video)“What we are doing today will make our values heard and our voices heard. We’ve got to keep agitating things,” he said. “We can’t be complacent. We can’t let this moment just pass us by, we have to continue to put our foot on their necks.”Actor Michael B Jordan speaks to protestors “Where is the challenge to commit to Black hiring? Black content lead by Black executives, Black consultants.” (@producerTommy / @blacklovedoc) BlackLivesMatter BlackMediaMatters pic.twitter.com/0yCKwwSGOg— NICK HAMILTON (@NickHamiltonLA) June 6, 2020The actor came to prominence in 2013 by portraying Oscar Grant, a young black man needlessly killed in “Fruitvale Station,” and last year starred as justice-seeking attorney Bryan Stevenson in “Just Mercy,” about a wrongfully convicted black man. Both films are based on true stories.The protest in Century City was organized by Hollywood’s talent agencies.Read original story Michael B Jordan Urges Hollywood to ‘Commit to Black Hiring’ at BLM Protest At TheWrap
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