Black Artists Challenge Hollywood: “Prove Black Lives Matter”

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Among the actors and industry executives putting pressure on Hollywood, from left to right: Idris Elba, Queen Latifah, Billy Porter, Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman and Issa Rae.

After being hit with a police baton and shot seven times by rubber bullets while protesting in the streets of Los Angeles on March 30, actor and activist Kendrick Sampson is demanding justice and change.

Sampson and other Black actors and organizations have teamed up to challenge Hollywood to acknowledge its lack of commitment to inclusion and its role in the control and systemic oppression of Black narratives, and demand Hollywood affirm the value of Black lives.

Sampson—who plays Nathan on HBO’s “Insecure”—is co-founder of BLD PWR (pronounced “build power”), an organization intertwined with Black Lives Matter LA that encourages celebrities to utilize their platforms to generate…

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