I have spoken of my friend and colleague #filmmaker Danielle Earle often on my blog. I have had the privilege to work with her on projects such as “Brooklyn is in Love” and “Lover’s Game”.
I wanted to share her Facebook post from August 27, 2017 .
She elegantly explains why diversity in media is so important, and that it is one of the driving forces behind what she does as a creative and filmmaker.
Danielle’s Facebook Post
Catching up on Scandal on Netflix. I’m up to Season 5. What I love the most about this wonderful show is how the cast is so diverse. It’s something that I will continue to push in all of my films and projects this year and hope that my fellow writers, producers, directors will do the same. We really have to pave the way for future filmmakers and to continue on that path of diversity. Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on television and the biggest flaw is that it doesn’t push diversity. The creators refuse to include that element during every season. It’s so upsetting. I’m glad John Boyega made a statement in a recent article in WE, “I ain’t paying money to always see one type of person on-screen. Because you see different people from different backgrounds, different cultures, every day….” So true. I’m so happy to finally see shows like “Luther,” “Scandal,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Queen Sugar,” “Being Mary Jane,” and “The Defenders,” that showcase diversity hardcore. So proud of Shonda Rhimes, to not only push diversity in her shows over the years, but write beautiful storylines that that are non stereotypical, and showcase black characters, especially black women in a positive light.. This is good progress folks. Let’s keep making Art and push diversity for this year and next. Thank you for reading.
It has often been said of creatives, that if you want a project made the way you want it made, do it yourself. Danielle Earle is taking that to heart.
By the way, the comment I posted to the referenced Facebook post was:
Danielle Earle, your expression of why you do what you do is wonderful. People, I am gushing with pride – I get to work with Danielle! #diversity #creative.
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