50% should be raised by the Black community
The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, is challenging Hollywood and those who want to see more Black actors and actresses on the big screen in movies about the glorious history of African Americans in this country for the past 400 years. Our history is so rich and so wonderful and lends itself to an extraordinary display of theatrical movements. This is the reason why we are challenging Hollywood to come up with $150,000,000 and that the Black community will through a GoFundMe site invest another $150,000,000 that would allow us to create block busters with $300,000,000.
This is the response to the brilliant performances in 2016 of African American actors and actresses who did not receive a nomination. Michael. B. Jordan in ‘Creed’, O’Shea Jackson Jr. in ‘Straight Outta Compton’, Abraham Attah in ‘Beasts of No Nation’, Jada Pinkett Smith in ‘Magic Mike XXL’, Audra McDonald in ‘Ricki and the Flash’, Adepero Oduye in ‘The Big Short’, John Boyega in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, Teyonah Parris in ‘Chi-Raq’ and others. Each of these performers, according to the critics, constitute an Oscar nomination at least. The only way to remedy such a historic problem, given the facts that the voting members of the Oscars are 94% White, so naturally, many of them are going to think of African American performances as exotic and not pure European acting.
Rev. Anthony Evans, President of the National Black Church Initiative says, “This is the type of bold leadership that the National Black Church Initiative is bringing to bear in all subject matters that affect African Americans. This idea constitutes a profit mold that everyone can gravitate towards. We are not asking Hollywood for a loan or even a grant. This is about an investment into the rich culture of African American life, and at the end of the day you will have great acting, more Black themed movies and a profit. What could be better than that?”
Our vision is to be able to either make 10 movies with a budget of $300,000,000 or make 20 movies with $150,000,000 each as a budget. We will give this opportunity to African American directors who will in turn come up with major African American movies utilizing the themes of our rich African American culture and history. We also propose that Hollywood will take their fair share of the profits that come as a result, which means to say, they get 50% of the profits that come as a result of their $150,000,000 deposit. They can also leave a percentage into the fund, take 25% and leave 25% so we can make more movies with African American themes and casts. Those investors from the African American community’s side will have the same choice, they can take their original investment back or reinvest their investment into more movies. This will constitute a win-win situation for both. We will have more Black films, more Oscar nominations and Black actors and actresses will have more work. That will solve the problem that has plagued the Oscars for years with one stroke of a pen.
The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. Our methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science.
NBCI’s purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.