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Movement, Not a Moment

We at little GIANT Wolf are no strangers to a good Netflix binge, with their great titles library and great original content. But today we appreciate them for a much more awesome reason. Netflix is celebrating black actors and directors with a video that declares inclusivity is not just a momentary trend but a lasting movement. If you haven't caught up on Dear White People yet, let that be your next Netflix binge. Meanwhile, enjoy this video called "A Great Day In Hollywood."



Netflix Celebrates 47 Black Actors and Directors in Video Declaring Inclusivity a ‘Movement, Not a Moment’ — Watch

Ava DuVernay, Spike Lee, Logan Browning, Caleb McLaughlin, and more come together to prove Netflix is leading the charge on Hollywood inclusivity.

Zack Sharf

Jun 25, 2018 10:56 am


“A Great Day in Hollywood” Netflix/Screenshot

Netflix debuted a new advertisement during the 2018 BET Awards celebrating the black actors, directors, and creatives who are able to call the streaming giant their home. Directed by Lacey Duke, the promo is titled “A Great Day in Hollywood” and takes inspiration from the 1958 photo “A Great Day in Harlem.”

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According to the advertisement’s official longline, the video marks “a moment in time within Hollywood where Black people are getting more opportunities across the industry.” The video includes directors such as Ava DuVernay, Justin Simien, and Spike Lee, plus actors Laverne Cox, Logan Browning, Alfre Woodard, Mike Colter, and Lena Waithe.

“Stranger Things” star Caleb McLaughlin narrates the video and declares: “We’re writing while black, nuanced and complex, resilient and strong. This is not a moment. This is a movement.”

“It was a pretty magical couple of hours,” Duke told Deadline about directing the ad. “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! It was probably the most overwhelming two hours of my career. I was just so happy to be a part of history.”

Watch the “A Great Day in Hollywood” video below.

Keep Going! Stranger Things almost didn't happen....

As COLLIN BRENNAN reveals in his article below Netflix summer hit Stranger Things was rejected by almost 20 networks before Netflix picked it up. Sounds crazy to those of us who have seen it, right? It is without a doubt one of the best shows made in television history. Just goes to show, keep going and believing in yourself and your work!! to quote Steve Jobs:

“Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs

Stranger Things was rejected by 15 to 20 networks before landing on Netflix

The summer’s breakout sci-fi series almost didn’t happen


ON AUGUST 04, 2016, 3:55PM


Matt and Ross Duffer, the twin brothers behind Netflix’s breakout fantasy series Stranger Things, recently sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss how growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s inspired key elements of the show. The self-professed “movie nerds” talked about how VHS tapes of E.T. and Stand by Me inspired the look and feel of their show, which focuses on the mysterious disappearance of a young boy in a small Indiana town in 1983.

The brothers also revealed that Stranger Things was rejected 15 to 20 times by various networks before finally getting the green light from Netflix. Matt explained how one executive told them, “You either gotta make it into a kids show or make it about this Hopper [detective] character investigating paranormal activity around town.” Instead they stuck to their guns, knowing that they’d “lose everything interesting about the show” if they took the kids out of the equation. “There was a week where we were like, ‘This isn’t going to work because people don’t get it,‘” Matt recalled.

Fortunately, some friends in the industry connected them with Netflix and the rest is history. Add this account to the raging case of “sequelitis” going on this summer, and you’re left with a compelling argument that most studio executives are very bad at their jobs.