Michael B. Jordan Takes Step To Ensure Inclusion For Women & Minorities With His Production Company

March 8, 2018  |  


If you thought it was just Michael B. Jordan’s looks that made him bae. You thought wrong. The actor announced last night that he was going to make a move to ensure that women and underrepresented groups be granted greater opportunities in Hollywood, starting with his company.

Michael B, Jordan announced that his production company Outlier Society will include an Inclusion Rider for all projects.

He captioned one of his Instagram posts with the following words:

“In support of the women & men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society. I’ve been privileged to work with powerful woman & persons of color throughout my career & it’s Outlier’s mission to continue to create for talented individuals going forward.” 

Actress Frances McDormand mentioned inclusion riders during her acceptance speech in making room for women in the industry. According to NPR, inclusion riders are stipulations that allow actors to ask or demand to have clauses in their contracts that require a certain level of diversity among a film’s cast and crew.

When he made his announcement, Jordan included a link to the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. Stacy L. Smith, who directs the initiative, gave an example of what an inclusion rider can do saying, an actor could insist that minor characters with speaking parts match the gender distribution for the setting of the film, granted it makes sense for the film’s plot.

It’s a tangible solution to an age-old problem in Hollywood.

Jordan’s Outlier Society, founded in 2016, has several upcoming projects, including Netflix’s family sci-fi drama “Raising Dion,” a “Thomas Crown Affair” remake, starring Jordan, and a coming-of-age drama for OWN Jordan will produce and a film adaptation of the novel The Stars Beneath Our Feet. Jordan is expected to make his directorial debut with the last project.

This is not the first step he’s made in creating opportunities for women. Alana Mayo is the head of Production and Development for the company.

Kudos to Michael B. Jordan.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days” and the creator of the website NoSugarNoCreamMag. You can follow her on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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