BLACK EQUITY & EXCELLENCE: WORKSHOPS TURN LENS ON FILM OPPORTUNITIES
Posted on October 23, 2021
Mylz Blake and Eric Jackson created Black Cub Productions (Black Cub) in 2018 to counteract stereotypes about Black people on screen and behind the camera. The two are now applying their philosophy to a new workshop to introduce Black youth to the film industry and empower them to tell their own stories.
“We want to change the narrative of what being Black can look and feel like,” Blake said.
Black people are under-represented in movie production and as talent. According to UCLA’s 2021 Hollywood Diversity Report, only 25% of directors, 26% of writers and 40% of lead actors for 2020’s top films were Black, Latino, Native/Indigenous or Asian/Pacific Islander. Films with people of color as leads were more likely than those with White leads to have the smallest budgets, the report found.