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
— 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
— 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
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]