All The Black Actors And Creators Featured In Netflix's 'Strong Black Lead' Ad

25 June 2018, 17:59

Strong black lead a great day in Hollywood
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Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

Inspired by the iconic Art Kane photo, 'A Great Day in Harlem', Netflix has featured 47 actors, directors, and creators in a stunning new ad called 'A Great Day in Hollywood'.

Netflix debuted their ad, 'A Great Day in Hollywood' during the BET Awards on Sunday. The streaming platform showcased many of the black actors and directors who are helping to make Netflix, and Hollywood at large, a more diverse place.

Inspired by the iconic Art Kane photo, 'A Great Day in Harlem', the commercial pans out on some of television and film's most recognisable faces.

Laverne Cox, Ava DuVernay, Mike Colter, Spike Lee and other huge names in Hollywood came together for the stunning visual narrated by one of television's young rising stars.

Who narrates the ad?

16-year-old Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin narrates the ad as a camera pans out to reveal a wide shot of his Netflix peers.

Stars from shows like GLOW, Dear White People, and 13 Reasons Why stand and sit on the same steps pictured in 'A Great Day In Harlem'.

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'A Great Day In Hollywood' ad transcript

This is a new day. Built from the ground, broken by legends.

A day for our generation to see untold experiences of our blackness, representing a limitless range of identity.

Playing kings and queens of our neighbourhoods. Defeating larger than life forces trying to flip our world upside down.

We stand up, on any stage and every screen.

A day when black women are boldly the lead character, whether inmates or scholars. 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.

This is not a moment. This is a movement.

We are strong black leads. Today, is a great day in Hollywood.

A Great Day in Hollywood | Netflix

Which actors, directors, and creators appear in Netflix's 'A Great Day In Hollywood' ad?

Ava DuVernay (13th)

Spike Lee (She's Gotta Have It)

Lena Waithe (Master of None, Dear White People)

Laverne Cox (Orange Is The New Black)

Mike Colter (Luke Cage)

Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things)

Logan Browning (Dear White People)

Chante Adams (Roxanne Roxanne)

Nia Jervier (Dear White People)

Ashley Blaine Featherson (Dear White People)

Marque Richardson (Dear White People)

Antoinette Robertson (Dear White People)

Justin Simien (Dear White People)

Marlon Wayans (Marlon)

DeRon Horton (Dear White People)

Gabrielle Dennis (Luke Cage)

Alfre Woodard (Luke Cage)

Brett Gray (On My Block)

Sierra Capri (On My Block)

Britney Young (Glow)

Kia Stevens (Glow)

Russell Hornsby (Seven Seconds)

Alisha Boe (13 Reasons Why)

Antonique Smith (Luke Cage)

Simone Missick (Luke Cage)

Dawn Porter (Bobby Kennedy For President)

Sydelle Noel (Glow)

DeRay Davis (How To Act Black)

Kat Graham (How It Ends)

Danielle Brooks (Orange Is The New Black)

Priah Ferguson (Stranger Things)

Nia Long (Dear White People)

Quincy Brown (The Holiday Calendar)

Justine Simmons (All About The Washingtons)

Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons (All About The Washingtons)

Mustafa Shakir (Luke Cage)

Kano (Top Boy)

Vaneza Oliveira (3%)

Cheo Hodari Coker (Luke Cage)

Derek Luke (13 Reasons Why)

Ajiona Alexus (13 Reasons Why)

Steven Silver (13 Reasons Why)

Samantha Logan (13 Reasons Why)

Hayley Law (Riverdale, Altered Carbon)

Rapsody (Rapture)

Sacha Jenkins (Rapture)

Yance Ford (Strong Island)

Netflix 'Strong Black Lead'
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