Diversity in Los Angeles has been always been a hot button topic. As recently as 2015, a Washington Post audit of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences memberships consisted of only 16 black men and 2 black women compared to 267 white men and 31 white women. The comparison to Hispanic and Asian directors were as equally disproportionate with only 18 Hispanic men/2 Hispanic women and 12 Asian men/2 Asian women. Today’s racially charged political climate almost demands a change in the status quo and one studio has stepped up to answer the bell. Netflix quietly launched Strong Black Lead – a social presence dedicated to the celebration of Black culture and entertainment.
To be young, gifted and black. Issa Rae and Michael B. Jordan are really out here winning. pic.twitter.com/e4tcCiG7DW
— Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) June 5, 2018
Strong Black Lead has been able to cover a lot of ground, paying homage to Black luminaries of both past and present from Jenifer Lewis to Tituss Burgess. The platform does an amazing job at mixing original copy with being informative and inclusionary, while adding their special voice to important conversations and relevant, cultural topics. Need to know what new role Donald Glover is being considered for? Head to Strong Black Lead. Want to get your daily fix of fawning over Rihanna? Head to Strong Black Lead. If you want to bask in the essence of Black culture then this is the social account you need to be following.