Hear  the  voices  of  changemakers,  content  creators  and  activists  leading  the  movement  for  authentic  and  powerful  representations  of  Black  people.

'Black Is King Directors' Rountable

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The Directors of Beyoncé’s new film,’Black Is King,’ sat down with Gia Peppers (Entertainment Journalist) to discuss their creative journeys to the piece, how Blackness and community served as inspirations, and the impact it had on Black children. Featured directors: Jenn Nkiru, Joshua Kissi, Emmanuel Adjei, Blitz Bazawule, Ibra Ake and Kwasi Fordjour.

from the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

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Gia Peppers (Entertainment Journalist) sits down with actor and producer, Michael B. Jordan, to discuss his new film, Just Mercy.

‘Just Mercy’ featuring Michael B. Jordan.

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Gia Peppers (Entertainment Journalist) and Emmy-award winning writer, actor, and producer, discuss Waithe’s new film, Queen and Slim.

‘Queen and Slim’ featuring Lena Waithe

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Rashid Shabazz, Damon Davis.

In conversation with artist and filmmaker, Damon Davis

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Rashid Shabazz, Jackie Wilson

In conversation with "Always in season" director, Jackie Wilson

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Bmike, Sevetri Wilson, Luke James, Kendrick Sampson and Ledisi

Art, Culture, and Politics with BMike, Sevetri Wilson, Luke James, Kendrick Sampson, and Ledisi

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'Let Love Have The Last Word' featuring Common

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Yara Shahidi

In Conversation with Yara Shahidi

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Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, and Anthony Sparks.

Queen Sugar

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Taraji P. Henson

A Conversation with Taraji P. Henson about "The Best of Enemies."

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Intersectional storytelling

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Storytellers changing hollywood

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Changing narratives in a time of harmful stereotypes

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dream hampton, Marcia Smith, Brie Bryant, Angie Martinez

black women & girls

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Ava DuVernay

Reimagine storytelling in a
time for revolution

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"Ain't your superwoman" - black women, reproductive justice and harmful narratives

One of my favorite quotes is 'there is no revolution without art' ... There is no way to push culture and the conversation without art. There is no way to influence the problematic narratives we're taught that are false or push that kind of change without art.
Kendrick Sampson
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.
Yara Shahidi
#TellBlackStories was created as an extension of Color Of Change Hollywood — our initiative to change the rules in Hollywood by ensuring accurate, diverse, empathetic and human portrayals of Black people in film and TV.

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.

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David Brown

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Jeremy Penzien

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Aidan Roberts

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