Comedian/actor Lenny Henry is very outspoken these days over the plight of Britain’s black talent.
I had this to say about Lenny in a previous post:
When Lenny was cock of the walk at the BBC back in the 1980s and in a position to help implement change he never really spoke out about the lack of diversity in television . But almost three decades later (and no longer cock of the walk at Auntie Beeb) Lenny is now chairing committees, speaking out at conferences and calling for racial quotas to increase racial diversity on British screens.
Anyway Lenny is still voicing his concerns publicly. The Voice reports that the star spoke at a diversity summit for the UK creative industries this week and has set out a number of proposals dubbed the “Henry Plan”.
One of the plan’s calls for more money to be allocated to increase the number of black, Asian and minority ethnic actors in the industry.
Online projects (dramas, comedies, films etc) have opened a door for black British creatives to tell their own stories and TV networks are starting to pay attention. As far as I am concerned this is the way forward.
As for actors and actresses who up sticks and move across the pond, I say GO FOR IT! Why waste time here practically begging these backward upper middle class TV/film executives and casting directors for opportunities when Hollywood wants you.
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