Some people may only know him for recently playing the cold-hearted, relentless villain Erik Killmonger in Marvel’s Black Panther, but Michael B. Jordan has been melting the hearts of audiences everywhere since playing Wallace in HBO’s The Wire. But when he’s not in front of the camera, he selflessly doing his part as an advocate for equality in entertainment. The streak will continue according to a report by EW. Jordan is promising that his new production company, Outlier Society, will use Inclusion Riders in all of its projects.
He made the promise in an Instagram post. Check it out below:
In support of 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 of color throughout my career & it’s Outlier’s mission to continue to create for talented individuals going forward. If you want to learn more about how to support the cause – link in bio. #OutlierSociety #AnnenbergInclusionInitiative
For those who aren’t aware, for every film that goes into negotiation the filmmakers can request an Inclusion Rider as a way to promote diversity on a film set. A filmmaker can request that the talent in front of or behind the camera be at least fifty percent inclusive.
The term may not be well known to many but more people were made aware of it during Frances McDormand’s Oscar winning speech this past Sunday when the last words she uttered before leaving the stage were ‘Inclusion Rider’.
At the end of Jordan’s post, he shouted out the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative which is a program dedicated to studying and developing ways to tackle inequality. What do you think of Michael’s new pledge toward diversity in Hollywood? Are you an advocate as well? Share your thoughts in the comments below.