Black Panther’s Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society Production Company To Use Inclusion Riders

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Michael B. Jordan is taking Frances McDormand’s suggestion at the Oscars by announcing that he will add the inclusion rider to all projects produced by his company, Outlier Society Productions. This news comes after McDormand gave an Oscar acceptance speech for Best Actress by shining a light on inclusion riders and their importance in improving gender and racial representation in Hollywood.

“In support of the women & men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society,” the Black Panther star wrote Wednesday on social media. “I’ve been privileged to work with powerful woman & persons of color throughout my career & it’s Outlier’s mission to continue to create for talented individuals going forward.”

Jordan urged people interested in supporting the cause to research the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, a program dedicated to studying and developing solutions to tackle inequality.

“I just found out about this last week,” McDormand said. “There has always been available, to everybody that does a negotiation on a film, an inclusion rider, which means that you can ask for and/or demand at least 50 percent diversity in not only the casting but also the crew. And so the fact that I just learned that after 35 years of being in the film business… we’re not going back. So the whole idea of women trending? No. No trending. African Americans trending? No, no trending. It changes now. And I think the inclusion rider will have something to do with that.”

Here are some reactions to Jordan’s social media post about including inclusion riders.

Marvel’s “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

“Black Panther” stars Chad Boseman in the title role along with Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker and, returning from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Andy Serkis.

What do you think of Jordan’s use of the inclusion rider with his production company? Should more Hollywood stars seeking to add inclusion riders? Let us know in the comments section.

Author: Shawn Rice

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