Robeson paved the way for contemporary black entertainers who now have a larger platform than ever before. Who do you want speaking for you? Which celebrities are informed enough to use their platform to speak out? Who should just shut the heck up? Some get it, others completely miss the mark. Check out this article on why it’s important for black celebrities to speak up. While Diahann Carroll made a conscious decision not to speak out in the 60s, today Kerry Washington and these 7 other black celebrities aren’t afraid to speak out about injustices against black people. Finally, we want to give a shout out to Shonda Rhimes for continuing to challenge stereotyped casting and All-American propaganda in a Hollywood system that traditionally excludes people of color. With all these big voices speaking up, is the next Paul Robeson amongst them?
“Thursday night’s “Scandal” focused on the shooting of an unarmed black teen named Brandon Parker in Washington, D.C., less than two miles from the White House. In the episode, called “The Lawn Chair,” tensions run high as the boy’s father positions himself in front of his son’s body with a shotgun, refusing to move from the crime scene. Mere days after being held hostage and auctioned on the black market, Olivia Pope is brought on the help the police force manage the incident. She works to avoid a riot, but soon finds herself disillusioned by the people she is defending.”