Strong Black Lead’s ‘A Great Day in Hollywood’ Movement Proves That #BlackExcellence Reigns

Strong Black Lead’s ‘A Great Day in Hollywood’ Movement Proves That #BlackExcellence Reigns

The folks at Netflix’s Strong Black Lead hit another one out of the park with A Great Day in Hollywood, a campaign championing blackness as a cinematic movement.

I’ve made it no secret that I want to speak with the minds behind Netflix’s Strong Black Lead because they’re doing it the right way. If you haven’t seen their joint from last summer during the BET Awards or their #FirstTimeISawMe campaign then you’ll want to press play on the video above. Inspired by the 1958 Art Kane legendary photograph, A Great Day in Harlem, the Strong Black Lead team and Netflix represent black and latinx talent with their own vision entitled A Great Day in Hollywood.

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Narrated by Caleb McLaughlin, this collective shares just how committed they are to telling our story and highlight Hollywood’s brightest strong black leads both on camera and behind-the-scenes. Stars such as Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Lena Waithe (Dear White People), Ava DuVernay (13th), Laverne Cox (Orange Is The New Black), and others gather together in Tinsel Town for a once-in-a-lifetime moment.

Photographer Kwaku Alston and director Lacey Duke captured this seemingly impossible dream in photo and video respectively, leaving us in awe and still pining for that sit-down. “It was a pretty magical couple of hours. All these amazingly talented, beautiful individuals in one space being supportive and just looking stunning together, all here to pull off this one take wonder,” Lacey Duke said in a released statement. “Alfre Woodard even led everyone in an epic rendition of ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ before we started shooting. It was beautiful, and in a flash, it was over. It was probably the most overwhelming two hours of my career [laughs]. I was just so happy to be a part of history.”

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If you been feeling the rumblings of a black cinematic renaissance in your soul, then know that your instincts are on point. There has been no better time to tell these stories, change the narrative, and engage a global audience with content that looks like us. As Caleb says in the spot: “This is not a moment, this is a movement.” We couldn’t agree more.

The spot made its premiere during the BET Awards, so press play on the video above, watch Alfre Woodard lead a rendition of “Lift Every Voice” as well, peep the full list of talent below, and stay tuned as we hope to bring you more from Strong Black Lead.

Ajiona Alexus (13 Reasons Why)
Alfre Woodard (Luke Cage; Juanita)
Alisha Boe (13 Reasons Why)
Antoinette Robertson (Dear White People)
Antonique Smith (Luke Cage)
Ashley Blaine Featherson (Dear White People)
Ava DuVernay (13th, Central Park Five)
Brett Gray (On My Block)
Britney Young (GLOW)
Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things)
Chanté Adams (Roxanne Roxanne)
Cheo Hodari Coker (Luke Cage)
Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black)
Dawn Porter (Bobby Kennedy for President)
DeRay Davis (How To Act Black)
Derek Luke (13 Reasons Why)
DeRon Horton (Dear White People)
Gabrielle Dennis (Luke Cage)
Hayley Law (Altered Carbon; Riverdale)
Justin Simien (Dear White People)
Justine Simmons (All About The Washingtons)
Kano (Top Boy)
Kat Graham (The Holiday Calendar; How It Ends)
Kia Stevens (GLOW)
Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black)
Lena Waithe (Master of None; Dear White People; Step Sisters)
Logan Browning (Dear White People)
Marlon Wayans (Naked; Woke-ish)
Marque Richardson (Dear White People; Step Sisters)
Mike Colter (Luke Cage)
Mustafa Shakir (Luke Cage)
Nia Long (Roxanne Roxanne, Dear White People)
Nia Jervier (Dear White People; Step Sisters)
Priah Ferguson (Stranger Things)
Quincy Brown (The Holiday Calendar)
Rapsody (Rapture)
Rev Run (All About The Washingtons)
Russell Hornsby (Seven Seconds)
Sacha Jenkins (Rapture)
Samantha Logan (13 Reasons Why)
Sierra Capri (On My Block)
Simone Missick (Luke Cage)
Spike Lee (She’s Gotta Have It)
Steven Silver (13 Reasons Why)
Sydelle Noel (GLOW)
Vaneza Oliveira (3%)
Yance Ford (Strong Island)

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