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Michael B. Jordan says his company will use inclusion riders for all projects

Clarisse Loughrey
The Independent

Ever since Frances McDormand's call-to-arms acceptance speech at Sunday night's Academy Awards, the term "inclusion rider" has now become the focus of conversation.

The term, which was first discussed in a 2016 TED talk by social scientist Stacy Smith, refers to a clause inserted into an actor's contract that requires cast and crew on a film to meet a certain level of diversity.

“I just found out about this last week,” McDormand said in the Oscars press room. “There has always been available, to everybody that does a negotiation on a film, an inclusion rider, which means that you can ask for and/or demand at least 50 percent diversity in not only the casting but also the crew."

"And so the fact that I just learned that after 35 years of being in the film business… we’re not going back. So the whole idea of women trending? No. No trending. African Americans trending? No, no trending. It changes now. And I think the inclusion rider will have something to do with that.”

Several stars have already chimed in with their support of the concept. Brie Larson tweeted: "I'm committed to the Inclusion Rider. Who's with me?"

Now, Michael B. Jordan has announced that his production company Outlier Society will be utilising the initiative in all future projects.

“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,” the Black Panther star wrote on Instagram. “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.”

The actor ended by urging people to seek out the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, a program which dedicates itself to studying and developing solutions to tackle inequality.

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