Nafessa Williams, talks on her experience with the BLM Movement & fight against inequality in Hollywood
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 16: Nafessa Williams attends the 2019 CW Network Upfront at New York City Center on May 16, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
As we’re speaking on the Black Lives Matter movement and the current landscape of the entertainment industry, I’ll start with this quote by John Lewis, may he rest in peace: “I want to see young people in America feel the spirit of the 1960s and find a way to get in the way. To find a way to get in trouble. Good trouble, necessary trouble.”
We have to make sure we hire more Black writers to tell Black stories. We need Black hairstylists who know how to do Black hair properly. And award shows can only be fairly judged if done by a diverse group. We as a people and as a culture are beyond tired of asking to be seen, heard and treated equally. Not just in the entertainment industry, but in all industries.
If we don’t confront the issues of inequality head on, we are not taking advantage of the awakened moment we are living in.
In closing, we have to be careful that we don’t make diversity a trend, but rather we restructure the landscape. I believe there’s a shift happening and I hope, collectively, we change the narrative of what we’ve known Hollywood to be.
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