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Russell Simmons: Hollywood is incredibly segregated

In a new LinkedIn interview with Russell Simmons, the hip-hop mogul candidly describes race relations in Hollywood. 

Here are some highlights:

I see the world this way: I think Hollywood is incredibly segregated. I’ve never seen any place like it. The gatekeepers who are the most progressive activists inspired to make the world better … they’re better people, right? They’re segregated. It’s self-segregated in some cases, but there’s nobody Black in charge of anything in Hollywood.

The lack of diversity is costing money… Without a diverse team then even if you’re a good story teller, you’re telling a story that is maybe not cultural. If it’s not cultural then you have a big hurdle to jump like [with the movies] Carol or Brooklyn. It’s not Straight Outta Compton. They’ll see that before they find out if it’s good or bad.

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