The film industry is slowly making moves towards inclusion this year. Black Panther proved that a team Black creators could produce a highly-successful film. Award show ceremonies have also become platforms to share ideals, and point out changes that need to be made. When the audiences these messages are creators in positions power, change feels that more tangible. Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan took to Instagram to vouch for diversity and methods to achieve it.
“In support the women & men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society. I’ve been privileged to work with powerful woman & persons color throughout my career & it’s Outlier’s mission to continue to create for talented individuals going forward.” The inclusion rider is a promise to have your productions reflect the real world. “’It stipulates that in small and supporting roles, characters should reflect the world we live in’ That includes 50 percent gender parity, 40 percent inclusion for people color, 5 percent L.G.B.T.Q., and 20 percent disabled” as discussed in an interview with .
The Instagram post concludes with, “If you want to learn more about how to support the cause – link in bio. #OutlierSociety #AnnenbergInclusionInitiative.” Pointing attention to resources and a hashtag, the star is looking to educate the masses; and his 5,2 million followers. We can only hope that industry follows in his footsteps.