LENNY HENRY WANTS TO STOP BLACK BRITISH TALENT FLEEING TO AMERICA

Lenny Henry

Lenny Henry

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.

Hmmmm…

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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  1. Tell dem! If our parents and grandparents could leave from their countries because one can’r eat the sunshine, why should black people over here wait for the gatekeepers to look our way? Steve Mc Queen Upped sticks to HOLLAND and does his thing from there. Idris Elba had to get acclaim in America in order for britain to recognise him. David Hale and countless others have to go to America to get any shine.
    yet the gatekeepers really do have the majority population under the delusion that America’s racism is worse than ours. Sammy Davis Jr alluded to this paradox in the SIXTIES. “Equality” without access is just patronisation. Still it’s nuff black man just grateful that they can go out with white women without getting “done”… that’s about the only “equality’ that I can see around me. And it looks like it’s there that many switched off from the “struggle”. Look where that got us. “They” took over our tings without us even getting in the groove. It even looks like we gave “them” our narrative, too.
    See where “beg friend” gets you? Black Americans tend to look for “allies”. That’s a small but big difference.

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