"My friend told me one day after his boy’s game, he was really emotional. They didn’t win, but he knows his son was working really hard. He was afraid to show him his emotion, he would usually wipe a tear or cry in private. But he said he pulled his son aside and was like yo I just want you to see how much you mean and I don’t care if you won, I don’t care about none of that, I love you for that, and he said I learned that from Ralph Angel. I was like damn like just us being able to have the space to emote, I think it’s really valuable as a Black man.” - Kofi Siriboe
from the 2019 Sundance Film Festival
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So many times when we talk about representation it's so much more than oh I just want to see myself.... seeing yourself and having other people see you means the world. Especially in a day and age in which media has becomes one of the main ways in which we receive information, in which we understand or contextualize our world, it sets social norms.
We collaborate with writers, producers, executives, and influencers to raise industry standards and change representations of Black people and issues affecting us throughout the media landscape. We are dedicated to building power for Black writers and producers and creating more accurate and balanced representations of Black people, more authentic Black stories, more diversity in writers’ rooms, and holding media companies who propagate racist content accountable.
What we see onscreen plays a profound role in shaping American culture. It has an undeniable effect on public perception and how police, judges, teachers, employers, and voters treat Black people. Yet far too much of the content Hollywood produces promote dangerous misunderstandings. That’s why we tell Black stories.