Netflix Recreates Iconic 1958 Portrait To Celebrate Its 47 Black Talents

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Mere days after Netflix fired its longtime public relations chief for saying the N-word—which isn’t short for “Netflix”, by the way—the media streaming platform has unveiled a powerful photo celebrating its black creatives.

The campaign titled Strong Black Lead is a present-day remake of the famous black-and-white A Great Day in Harlem photo, which was shot by photographer Art Kane for Esquire magazine.

While the original showcased 57 iconic jazz musicians, Netflix’s colorized version—snapped by African-American photographer Kwaku Alston—spotlights an ensemble of 47 black actors and creatives behind 20 of its original shows.

An accompanying video is compellingly narrated by 16-year-old Caleb McLaughlin, who plays ‘Lucas’ in Stranger Things.

Check out the visuals, as well as the names of the cast that make up this emotive photo.

A Great Day in Harlem, 1958

Photo by #ArtKane

— Leticia García (@Ms_Golightly) April 30, 2018

We’re not a genre because there’s no one way to be black.
We’re writing while black.
Nuanced and complex.
Resilient and Strong. #AGreatDayInHollywood

📷: @Kwakualston

— Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) June 25, 2018

Ajiona Alexus, 13 Reasons Why

Alfre Woodard, Luke Cage and Juanita

Alisha Boe, 13 Reasons Why

Antoinette Robertson, Dear White People

Antonique Smith, Luke Cage

Ashley Blaine Featherson, Dear White People

Ava DuVernay, 13th, Central Park Five

Brett Gray, On My Block

Britney Young, GLOW

Caleb McLaughlin, Stranger Things

Chante Adams, Roxanne Roxanne

Cheo Hodari Coker, Luke Cage

Danielle Brooks, Orange is the New Black

Dawn Porter, Bobby Kennedy for President

DeRay Davis, How To Act Black

Derek Luke, 13 Reasons Why

DeRon Horton, Dear White People

Gabrielle Dennis, Luke Cage

Hayley Law, Altered Carbon and Riverdale

Justin Simien, Dear White People

Justine Simmons, All About The Washingtons

Kano, Top Boy

Kat Graham, How It Ends and The Holiday Calendar

Kia Stevens, GLOW

Laverne Cox, Orange is the New Black

Lena Waithe, Dear White People, Master of None and Step Sisters

Logan Browning, Dear White People

Marlon Wayans, Naked and Woke-ish

Marque Richardson, Dear White People and Step Sisters

Mike Colter, Luke Cage

Mustafa Shakir, Luke Cage

Nia Long, Dear White People and Roxanne Roxanne

Nia Jervier, Dear White People and Step Sisters

Priah Ferguson, Stranger Things

Quincy Brown, The Holiday Calendar

Rapsody, Rapture

Rev Run, All About The Washingtons

Russell Hornsby, Seven Seconds

Sacha Jenkins, Rapture

Samantha Logan, 13 Reasons Why

Sierra Capri, On My Block

Simone Missick, Luke Cage

Spike Lee, She’s Gotta Have It

Steven Silver, 13 Reasons Why

Sydelle Noel, GLOW

Vaneza Oliveira, 3%

Yance Ford, Strong Island

[via Complex, video via Netflix, images via various sources]


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