What would Black Hollywood look like if the biggest influencers in the entertainment industry lost their lives to police brutality?
Ryan Coogler probes this question with the debut of Blackout for Human Rights’ “My Life Matters” video series. Lala Anthony, Terrence J, Common and more prominent voices consider what strides they would have failed to achieve within their personal lives and as members of the black community if their legacy was cut short like Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray and countless others whose names join a long line of hashtags created in remembrance.
“At age 21, I graduated from college with a 3.8 GPA in communications,” Terrance J says. “By age 23, I started my career on 106 & Park. By age 30, I became the first black man to host E! News, starting films that generated over $100 million and bought my mom her first house. I never would have been able to accomplish any of these things if I were shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman at age 17 like Trayvon Martin.”
See more powerful tributes below: