This February, in honor of Black History Month and the continuous push for diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry, we asked some entertainers what pieces of black history they would like to see onscreen. This included creating stories that center on time periods or focusing on specific people or particular events — whatever piqued their creative interests. Here are their slightly edited answers:
1. Aldis Hodge, Underground
2. Misha Green, Showrunner for Underground
3. Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Underground
4. Pat Cleveland, Model
5. Veronica Webb, Model
6. David Harbour, Stranger Things
7. Amber Ruffin, Writer for Late Night With Seth Meyers
8. Alex Gibney, Documentarian
9. Lewis Black, Comedian
10. Jill Kargman, Odd Mom Out
11. Seth Meyers, Late Night With Seth Meyers
12. Kenneth Lonergan, Writer of Manchester By The Sea
13. Jelani Cobb, Staff Writer at The New Yorker
14. Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, Showrunners for The Americans
15. Allen Maldonado, Black-ish
16. Anika Noni Rose, The Quad
17. Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Queen Sugar
18. Elijah Kelley and Luke James, The New Edition Story
19. Keith Powers, The New Edition Story
20. F. Gary Gray, Straight Outta Compton
21. Isaiah Washington, The 100
22. Jay Ellis, Insecure
23. Issa Rae, Insecure
24. Prentice Penny, Showrunner for Insecure
25. Kofi Siriboe, Queen Sugar
26. Leonard Roberts, Drumline
27. Saniyya Sidney, Fences
Quotes from the amFAR New York Gala, the Writers Guild Awards, and the American Black Film Festival Honors.
Ariane Lange contributed reporting to this post.
Marcus Jones is an entertainment reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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