The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group behind the Golden Globes, has announced a partnership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) amid a months-long scandal that accused the organization of having no black members, USA Today reports.
The partnership between the HFPA, a group made up of foreign journalists based in Southern California, and the NAACP is dubbed the Reimagine Coalition and will last at least five years.
The groups aim to transform the media industry by supporting scholarship and early career mentorship opportunities to enter the field of journalism or entertainment, restore and digitize Black films, connect with the Nigerian film industry, and strengthen the NAACP’s own Image Awards Is.
Kyle Bowser, senior vice president of the NAACP’s Hollywood Bureau, said this will have a direct impact on what stories are being told, how they are told and who is telling them.
“I don’t know if it will completely change what has happened in the last 100 years. But we certainly intend to make a dent,” Bosvar said.
The Golden Globes, which are broadcast by NBC and feature acts of honor in TV and film, have long been accused of not giving people of color during their celebrations. in February, Los Angeles Times published a bombshell report that the HFPA had no black members at the time and alleged that some members had received gifts from studios and producers in exchange for voting for their projects. Widespread changes have occurred in the organization since then, including a ban on receiving such gifts. In May, NBC announced that it would not air the awards ceremony in 2022 as a result of the controversy, although it would return in 2023. Last week, the HFPA added 21 new journalists to its ranks, six of whom are black and 10 are women. .
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