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Denzel Washington Is The Only Black Entertainer To Make Forbes' Highest-Paid Actors Of 2023 List

From movements like #OscarsSoWhite to constant stories about pay inequity in the entertainment industry, it is no real surprise that when Forbes released a list of the 2023 highest-paid actors in Hollywood, CA, there was a lack of diversity. The lone Black indigenous person of color (BIPOC) named on the list at number 10 was veteran actor Denzel Washington. Financial earnings for marginalized groups compared to their white counterparts is not a new social justice issue. However, due to some public knowledge regarding celebrity salaries, it is hard to ignore the significant differences in pay that Black actors receive. The most noticeable pay gap is the gender inequities between actors who identify as men or women. According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, Black actresses typically make an estimated 64 cents for every dollar white, non-Hispanic male actors make. This number increases to 68 cents for Black women producers and directors. While advocates for Black...

Josh Rodgers

Mar 28, 2024

Djimon Hounsou Feels Hollywood 'Cheated' Him — 'I Have Yet To Meet The Film That Paid Me Fairly'

For nearly three decades, Djimon Hounsou has made a name for himself in Hollywood with an established acting portfolio. Hailing from Benin, the two-time Academy Award nominee first starred in Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad” in 1997, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Drama. Following his breakout role, Hounsou went on to act in “Blood Diamond,” “Gladiator,” “Shazam!,” and more. The 58-year-old star has worked with some of the best in the business. However, he still feels he hasn’t received his proper due.

Ngozi Nwanji

Mar 22, 2023

How Harry Belafonte Amassed A $30M Fortune During His Career And Led His Kids To Follow In His Footsteps

Before there was Michael B. Jordan or Jonathan Majors, there were men like Harry Belafonte and Billy Dee Williams. What is the common denominator here? Regardless of generational differences, all these men were considered the “it guys” of the industry. From their on-screen performances to their ability to swoon their admirers, fans from all over were consistently captivated by the very presence of these individuals. Belafonte was one of the pioneers of this movement for Black men, and many aunties and grandmothers across the globe would tend to agree. However, Belafonte was much more than his looks and charisma. A Harlem native, Belafonte is of Jamaican descent. After facing trouble in school, he served in the Navy during World War II. Upon returning to the states post-service, he attended a theatrical performance at the American Negro Theater. According to Turner Classic Movies, that moment snatched his interest, and he began seriously pursuing acting. He enrolled in acting classes...

Josh Rodgers

Mar 1, 2023

Actor-Sibling Duo Stephan James, Shamier Anderson Launch The Black Academy to Celebrate Black Talent

Hollywood for Black actors and creatives is already an isolated space still plagued with systemic racism and discrimination, but in Canada, the lack of opportunities for Black talent is even more apparent. In an effort to shift the industry in a new direction, Variety reports that Canadian actors and brothers Shamier Anderson and Stephan James have just launched The Black Academy — an extension of their nonprofit B.L.A.C.K. Canada (Building a Legacy in Acting, Cinema + Knowledge) which was founded in 2016 — meant to honor and celebrate Black Canadian talent.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by B.L.A.C.K ™️ (@blackisnowcanada) The Black-led organization — funded by the Canada Media Fund — will reportedly showcase the country’s established and rising Black talent, thus amplifying overlooked English and French-Canadian artists across the country. “The impetus of The Black Academy stems from our long-lasting commitment, deep ties to our community, and an awareness of the...

Njera Perkins

Dec 4, 2020

For the First Time Ever, Black Actors Dominate the Emmy Awards With Record High of Nominations

The year 2020 has been dedicated to celebrating Black excellence and giving our community the spotlight we’ve always deserved. For the first time in its history, the Television Academy announced its most diverse lineup of nominations as Black actors and actresses scored a record high of slots for the 2020 Emmy Awards, according to The Hollywood Reporter . As pointed out by Variety , 35 of 102 nominations went to Black performers and artists this year accounting for 34.3 percent of its total nominees. It seems as though Black Hollywood is finally garnering a much stronger presence from the notoriously white, male-skewed awards ceremony. This is quite a refreshing change to see Black artists get their well-deserved flowers from their peers as the better half of the year has already evolved the conversation around the value of Black lives and stories. “2020 isn’t just about the global health crisis,” said Television Academy chairman and CEO Frank Scherma as reported by Consequence of...

Njera Perkins

Jul 29, 2020

Michael B. Jordan Spearheads #ChangeHollywood Diversity Campaign For Black Talent

There’s a reckoning for change across all industries right now, and Hollywood is no exception. For the past month, Black actors and actresses have been utilizing their platforms to speak up for injustice in America and Hollywood as they share their own experiences with racism. This week, famed actor Michael B. Jordan has announced a new initiative called #ChangeHollywood, which provides action steps for studios, production companies, and agencies to push for more “anti-racist content, authentic Black stories and Black talent,” according to The Hollywood Reporter . Jordan has taken matters into his own hands as he leads the charge for this campaign — which he’s partnered with Color Of Change for — to create concrete and manageable solutions for Black talent in Hollywood that contribute to positive representation for the Black community. The actor outlined his frustration with the racist institutions in Hollywood via Twitter as he announced the new campaign. Hollywood has a history of...

Njera Perkins

Jul 24, 2020