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.
#ChangeHollywood is a Color Of Change initiative, in collaboration with Michael B. Jordan. 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.
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.
Together, we aim to rally people across the industry, educate decision makers, and secure institutional commitments to changes that matter.
The #ChangeHollywood Roadmap is just one part of the journey toward racial justice in Hollywood. Color Of Change will continue supporting those who want to make change, challenging those who don’t, and preventing the rollback of the progress we make. Michael B. Jordan and his production company, Outlier Society, will continue bringing an eclectic and inclusive lineup of diverse stories and voices to market, and will continue building the cultural and economic power of Black stories, talent and communities.
We hope you will join us to #ChangeHollywood. Take action by using the Resources below, and committing to the steps in the Roadmap. The more our collective commitments increase, the more the movement grows.
– Michael B. Jordan and Rashad Robinson
Change is hard. No one can do it alone. The #ChangeHollywood initiative will provide resources to help people and organizations who are committed to implementing the steps in the Roadmap. No matter where you sit in the industry or within an organization, these resources will enable you to carry out the recommendations of the Roadmap in the course of your everyday work.
The list of resources below are currently in development for release. We will update this page with the appropriate links as soon as they are available. Additional resources (e.g., a guide for approaching executives at your company to advocate for changes in policy and practice) will be developed over the course of the year.
Everyone has a role to play in the #ChangeHollywood Roadmap. Even if you do not have the power to adopt or implement these recommendations in full—or at all—there are still steps you can take toward getting your organization to do so. Do what you can. Keep moving forward.