Black Enterprise reports, 170 Black and Jewish leaders from the entertainment industry have announced a joint initiative to counter racism and antisemitism in the entertainment community. Entertainment industry notables such as Tiffany Haddish, Nick Cannon, Sherry Lansing, Herbie Hancock, Phil Rosenthal, Diane Warren, Jason Alexander, 24kGoldn, Gene Simmons, Billy Porter and Antoine Fuqua have launched the Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance (The Alliance).
The Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance is a joint initiative by Black and Jewish entertainment industry professionals devoted to countering racism and antisemitism in the entertainment community.“Film and art have always been about giving those unjustly attacked and marginalized a voice. As two communities that have long been targeted simply for who they are, the Black and Jewish communities are stronger when we stand together,” stated director and producer Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer) in a written statement.
In July 2020, Nick Cannon faced backlash after comments he made on his YouTube show, Cannon’s Class. Cannon was accused of antisemitism and promptly fired from his comedy show Wild ‘N’ Out. ViacomCBS released the following statement saying, ‘We are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism’.
After consulting with Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Cannon issued an apology for remarks made during a conversation with former Public Enemy group member, Professor Griff. During the conversation, the two touched on controversial theories and praised the Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan.
Along with today’s announcement about ‘The Alliance’, it has been announced that ViacomCBS has reconciled with Cannon. Later in the year, he will also host a new day time talk show on the FOX Network.