Black, Jewish leaders form alliance to counter bigotry
Top entertainment names join forces
OW Staff Writer | 2/5/2021, midnight
More than 170 Black and Jewish leaders from the entertainment industry launched an initiative this week devoted to countering racism and antisemitism.
The Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance includes such industry heavyweights as Tiffany Haddish, Sherry Lansing, Herbie Hancock, Phil Rosenthal, Diane Warren, Jason Alexander, 24kGoldn, Gene Simmons, Billy Porter and Antoine Fuqua.
“The Black and Jewish communities, who have a long history of supporting and working together, are so much stronger when we stand together in the fight against hate,'' said Aaron Bay-Schuck, co-chairman and CEO of Warner Records. “This alliance will elevate voices in the entertainment community that can help the public to better understand the causes, manifestations, and effects of racism and antisemitism, ensuring that our industry is doing its part to be a voice for hope, unity, and healing in our country.''
Organizers said the alliance will highlight the historical bonds of both communities, host programming to highlight their common fight against hate, and facilitate collaborative events to build solidarity between the Black and Jewish communities.
“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,'' said Fuqua, director of such films as “Training Day,'' and “The Equalizer.''
“In the present climate of increased difficulties faced by both groups, it is important to take a moment to celebrate the special relationship between members of the Black and Jewish community in the entertainment industry,'' said Ben Silverman, chairman and CEO of Propagate Content. “The ongoing nature of systematic racism, the frightening rise of antisemitism and hate crimes has brought us to yet another period of crisis. We formed this alliance to facilitate conversations and coordinate actions between Black and Jewish entertainment leaders on these issues.''
To view the list of all 170 alliance members and read the group's “Unity Statement,'' visit www.blackjewishentalliance.com.