Michael B. Jordan has just made a very exciting inclusivity pledge

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Moya Lothian-McLean

Someone was listening to Frances McDormand’s Oscar speech.

Frances McDormand’s mic-drop coda to her powerful Oscars acceptance speech this weekend is already bearing fruit.

“I have two words to leave with you tonight,” the Best Actress winner said on Sunday. “Inclusion. Rider.”

She was speaking of the contractual clause performers can use to demand cast and crew on their projects meet a set level of diversity. And it seems her words have had an immediate, and visceral, effect.

McDormand’s peers have already begun showing their support, including fellow Academy-Award winner Brie Larson, and actress Elizabeth Banks, who both tweeted about the concept following the awards ceremony. 

But the accolade for first Hollywood A Lister to actually put their money where their mouth is, goes to Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan, who announced yesterday that his own company would be implementing the rider going forward.

“In support of the women and men who are leading this fighting, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society,” the 31-year-old actor wrote in an Instagram post. 

“I’ve been privileged to work with powerful [women] and persons of colour throughout my career and it’s Outlier’s mission to continue create for talented individuals going forward.”

Jordan then directed followers to click on a link taking them to a landing page for the Anneberg Inclusion Initiative, the research project helmed by Dr Stacy Smith, who also coined the phrase ‘inclusion rider’ in a 2016 TED talk

Jordan – who recently made news after a teenage girl snapped her retainer in ‘excitement’ after seeing him remove his shirt in Black Panther - has already proven keen to promote equality within film. Earlier this year Outlier tapped Alana Mayo as Head of Production and Development, where she’ll oversee projects like the 10-part Netflix sci-fi series Raising Dion, and an adaptation of young adult novel The Stars Beneath our Feet, on which Jordan will make his directorial debut.

The actor’s pledge has been well-received, with peers and public alike praising the decision. Tessa Thompson – one of the #TimesUp founders and Jordan’s Creed co-star – commented that “This is how change happens. When we commit to making it.”

Your move, rest of Hollywood.

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