John Legend, Lupita Nyong’o amongst 1000 Black Artists for Freedom signal letter demanding racial equality- Entertainment News, The News Everyday

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John Legend, Gabrielle Union and Ava DuVernay are a number of the many black cultural leaders who’ve signed a letter to battle in opposition to racism, promote equal pay and ask industries to disassociate from police.

The letter was launched Friday by a brand new organisation referred to as the Black Artists for Freedom, which describes itself as a collective of black staff within the tradition industries. The letter was revealed to have fun the Juneteenth vacation that lengthy commemorated the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.

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John Legend. Image from Twitter

The organisation stated the letter was impressed by the current protests in opposition to police brutality and systemic racism.

“They are working within the spirit of the Black Radical Tradition to reclaim our freedoms,” the letter stated. “Their braveness and creativeness have impressed us to construct on their essential calls for together with mainly, the abolition of police and the entire dismantling of the racist prison-industrial system.”

The letter included signatures from black staff in movie, tv, music, publishing, theatre, journalism and training. It had an inventory of distinguished names corresponding to Sterling Okay. Brown, Lupita Nyong’o, Janelle Monae, Lena Waithe, Barry Jenkins, Lee Daniels and Tessa Thompson.

“No extra stereotypes,” the letter learn. “No extra tokenism. No extra superficial variety. No longer will we watch Black tradition be contorted right into a automobile for self-congratulation, complacency, guilt aid, experiential tourism, fetishism, appropriation and theft.”

Updated Date: Jun 20, 2020 10:51:00 IST


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