Answering the call to fight systemic racism
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.
The Consultant Directory
If you are a producer, showrunner or writer who is looking for technical advisors for productions, or consultants to help with character and story development...
You can use our comprehensive Consultant Directory. The Consultant Directory will help you find experts in law enforcement tactics and procedures, experts on specific criminal justice issues, science and technology experts, cultural consultants, story advisers and other people who are not aligned with law enforcement but can provide the information, context and advising you need.
If you work at an agency or are individual talent...
You can add the Inclusion Rider Template to the contracts you develop. An Inclusion Rider is a clause in an actor’s contract that requires a production they are working on to meet diversity benchmarks in their cast and crew.
If you are an executive at an organization that supports or works with productions...
You can adopt the Inclusion Rider Template in your contracts with those productions, or even adopt it as a standard for setting hiring goals within your own organization.
The Inclusion Rider Template
The Directory for Hiring Independent Security
If you are an executive or member of production staff who either negotiates long-term contracts for security on-set, or manages the procurement of security for specific events...
There are alternatives to using police officers. You can use the Security Directory to find experienced, professional and dependable organizations and firms that provide the security you need.
If you are an individual producer or production coordinator who has to deal with city or county police departments for permits and other production logistics...
You cannot change that system all on your own. Instead, you can encourage the executives at your company to join the Government Relations Task Force. The Task Force will help organize and represent production companies in their negotiations with city and county governments, aiming to shift responsibilities from police departments to other agencies.
If you are an executive at a production company...
You can join the Government Relations Task Force and make sure that your needs are understood as negotiations take place over the next many months.
Government Relations Task Force
Racial Justice Content Audits
If you are a production executive or showrunner looking to examine how race and other key issues are represented in the content of your production, or an entire collection of content across a network or studio...
A Racial Justice Content Audit is an essential tool. The Audit can help surface patterns and storytelling practices when it comes to the representation of race (e.g., stereotypes), the representation of society (e.g., the criminal justice system) and other factors that can perpetuate harmful myths or impact viewers in other negative ways.
If you are a production executive, on the management team at an organization, or a showrunner looking to examine the way that racial bias may factor into how your organization works...
A Racial Justice Workplace & Organizational Audit is an essential tool. The Audit can examine staff dynamics, hiring and management policies, pay equity, decisions about content and any other aspect of your organization’s operations. It can help your surface—and correct—both formal and informal policies or norms in your organization that are discriminatory or present other barriers to the success of people of color.
Racial Justice Workplace & Organizational Audits
The Directory of Anti-Racist Trainers, Coaches, & Evaluators
If you are an executive, the director of a department or on the management team at an organization, or a showrunner...
Anti-racist trainers, evaluators and coaches can help you increase awareness of problems and pitfalls, improve your organizational culture and workplace dynamics, and tackle the hard conversations. They can also help educate and provide support to leadership, provide support to staff members on either end of difficult tensions and dynamics, and help implement recommendations from an in-depth Racial Justice Workplace & Organizational Audit.
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.