Warner Bros. Television and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors have signed a production deal to elevate black representation on TV.
“Black voices, especially Black voices who have been historically marginalized, are important and integral to today’s storytelling,” Cullors said in a statement. “Our perspective and amplification is necessary and vital to helping shape a new narrative for our families and communities.”
The deal will span years and will include Warner Bros. working to advance messaging from Black Lives Matter. Other details have not been released.
Cullors co-founded Black Lives Matter in 2013 and has described herself and other members as “trained Marxists.”
“We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk,” Cullors said in 2015.
Sports journalist Jason Whitlock slammed her production deal in a tweet, asking, “When are we going to wake up?”
Whitlock’s comment came in response to a tweet, saying, “Somebody needs to hear this: Black liberation isn’t brought to you by AT&T, sponsored by Wells Fargo, or managed by Roc Nation. And it certainly doesn’t come with a Warner Bros. Television deal, or a shoe from Nike. Y’all be safe out there.”
When are we going to wake up? This tells you everything you need to know. https://t.co/Endb48QDUI
— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) October 18, 2020
“As a long-time community organizer and social justice activist, I believe that my work behind the camera will be an extension of the work I’ve been doing for the last 20 years,” Cullors added when the deal was announced. “I look forward to amplifying the talent and voices of other Black creatives through my work.”
Author: Emma Colton
Source: Washington Examiner: Warner Bros. signs deal with BLM co-founder who said she’s a ‘trained Marxist’