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Barry Jenkins, Questlove Among Those Launching Black Artists for Freedom Collective

2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals

Barry Jenkins attends the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 08, 2020 in Santa Monica, California.

On Friday, a coalition of over a thousand main musicians, filmmakers, writers and artists introduced a brand new initiative to advance the reason for racial justice throughout inventive and creative disciplines. This is Black Artists for Freedom, described on their web site as “a collective of black workers in the culture industries.” Much of the location consists of an Artists’ Statement, stating solidarity with activists working across the nation and demanding adjustments throughout the artwork and tradition industries.

As Ryan Lattanzio at IndieWire reports, the checklist of signers of the assertion embrace a powerful quantity of proficient artists:

The names among the many coalition embrace Barry Jenkins, Ava DuVernay, Lena Waithe, Dee Rees, Questlove, John Legend, Trevor Noah, Roxane Gay, Sterling Okay. Brown, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Gabrielle Union, Thandie Newton, Jelani Cobb, Niecy Nash, Craig T. Williams, Tessa Thompson, Thandie Newton, Debbie Allen, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, and Cynthia Erivo.

The full assertion from Black Artists for Freedom is properly price studying, when you haven’t carried out so already. Among different issues, it calls for cultural establishments to interrupt their ties with police, rent extra Black artists and curators and be extra conscious of systemic racism and its results.

The assertion additionally makes a direct connection between the work of Black Artists for Freedom and the protests occurring throughout the nation:

As Black artists and thinkers, we’re energized by the present protest motion led by Black activists. They are working within the spirit of the Black Radical Tradition to reclaim our freedoms. Their braveness and creativeness have impressed us to construct on their crucial calls for — together with, mainly, the abolition of police and the entire dismantling of the racist prison-industrial system.

The collective covers numerous floor of their assertion, providing plenty of pathways in direction of a greater tomorrow.

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