Understanding the Struggle
Being an African American male, it is hard to find content creators in the industry that can relate to my story. African American talent is criminally underutilized and under appreciated throughout the world of media. Too often the individuals behind the camera and the story telling process share similar backgrounds, which in turn limits content diversity. Consumers are tired of seeing the same stories and messages being recycled and rebranded by major corporation.
In the future, movie studios and advertisement agencies should look to open their doors to a more diverse pallet of creators that will offer new and refreshing content to their respective industries. Individuals by the likes of Jordan Peele and more recently Melina Matsoukas, the director of the critically acclaimed film Queen and Slim, are the latest examples of innovative creators that went above and beyond the industry standard.