Michael B. Jordan calls on Hollywood executives to ‘commit to black hiring’

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Michael B. Jordan delivered an impassioned speech while attending a Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday (June 6, 2020) in Beverly Hills.

The 33-year-old Black Panther actor vowed to promote diversity and black culture as he took to the streets in California, and he called on Hollywood agents to do the same.

“You committed to a 50/50 gender parity in 2020, where is the challenge to commit to black hiring?” he questioned. “Black content lead by black executives, black consultants. Are you policing our storytelling as well? Let us bring our darkness to the light.”

Michael mentioned how his production company has an inclusion rider, but insisted “it has to go beyond that”.

“Anybody that deals with me, if you have racist beliefs, if you have a racist bone in your body, if you’re not with me, if you don’t stand with me and people that look like me, you don’t need to be with me,” Michael said. “I use my power to demand diversity but it’s time that studios and agencies…do so.”

The star was joined by actor Kendrick Sampson while walking in a march, spurred by the killing of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of white Minneapolis cops last month.

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, and Pink and her husband Carey Hart were also among the stars joining peaceful demonstrations on Saturday.