(I’m gathering the last of my “Things I need to do” in 2013″ lists, so apologies if there are a few random posts over the next 48 hours…)
If you’ve taken one thing away from this blog, I hope it’s that I’m passionate about diversity in film and entertainment. I’ve kind of chucked my whole life force in that direction… (more about that later). It’s so crucial to give an equal opportunity to have a cultural voice and reflection to all people or, more articulately:
“If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.” – Junot Diaz
And, as is human nature, you may find yourself dwelling on your smallness and your singleness and your lack of clout (or klout) to actually make a difference in the world at large. You might feel like diversity in entertainment is long overdue, but what can you do to change it?
The first step – as I’ve really only learned this year myself – is to seek out like-minded individuals and engage everyone you can find. Pick brains, ask questions and don’t take no for an answer no matter how many times you hear it.
On the like-minded individuals front, one way you can support diversity in film by joining ranks with Affrm. Go to their site. Watch their video. See some of the change of which they’re trying to embody and help us all to benefit. Add your voice and become one of the last few people Affrm needs to meet their January 1st goal:
40 Rebels from our goal of 500 by 1/1! Will you stand with us? #TogetherWeAreStrong #AFFRMRebels http://t.co/N41DVszMKL
— AFFRM (@AFFRM) December 30, 2013