Brown, Niecy Nash, Gabrielle Union, Trevor Noah, Ava DuVernay, Barry Jenkins, Lena Waithe, Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo and John Legend are all signees. The collective consists of over 1,000 Black actors, musicians, filmmakers, authors, painters and poets, including Academy Award, Grammy, Tony and Pulitzer Prize winners. Tessa Thompson, Sterling K.
We hear our elders and ancestors. Day after day, generation upon generation, we are threatened, brutalized, and murdered by law enforcement and vigilantes," the statement reads. We hear ourselves, some future day." "When we hear 'I can't breathe,' we hear the voices of our children, parents, brothers, sisters, cousins. "The fact is plain: Black people are still not free.
A new collective of Black workers in the arts and entertainment field, called Black Artists for Freedom, has released a statement on their website commemorating Juneteenth and calling on cultural institutions to make changes in order to eliminate racial injustice.
Read Black Artists for Freedom's full statement and five demands here.” />
Titled "Our Juneteenth," the statement begins by telling the history of the Juneteenth holiday and its importance to Black culture today amidst the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, among other Black citizens.
"Consciously and unconsciously, these stereotypes are invoked — in everyday interactions and in courts of law — as reasons why Black people do not deserve human rights. "The representation of Black people in the media has long been used to justify the violence against us. We aim to eliminate it." Racist stereotypes of Black criminality, monstrosity, unchecked rage, hyper-sexuality, immunity to pain, and so on, are still recycled today in books, films, and on the Internet," the statement continues. We do not wish merely to modify or alleviate this racist culture.
The collective then segues into the current Black Lives Matter protest movement and how it has inspired them to speak out against racism within arts and entertainment.
"We believe that culture will change only if specific concrete interventions are made. Cultural institutions that depend on Black culture — publishing, writing, fashion, theater, film, television, visual arts, music, journalism, scholarship, education, social media — must commit to racial justice through material changes," the statement says.
The statement then turns to a call to action, asking cultural institutions to commit to breaking ties with the police, putting their money where their mouths are, advocating for Black people, educating themselves and fighting for Black freedom.

3. Here's what the critics are saying: "Thor: Ragnarok" smashes into theaters Nov.
The Verge's Bryan Bishop:
USA Today's Brian Truitt:
Variety's Peter Debruge:
Four years after his last solo film, the Norse god Thor returns to the big screen in "Thor: Ragnarok." Currently sitting comfortably at 97% with 30 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, most critics agree that this lighter, less brooding take on the character and his mythos is far superior to the two previous entries in the Thor series and finally gives the character a personality.
"'Thor: Ragnarok' is a goofy, kitschy- but- fun romp and the most purely entertaining of the three Thor movies, marked by its distinctive designs, '80s synth score, and assemblage of spirited characters. But it’s also a film fragmented by its clear preference for its B storyline (Sakaar) over its A storyline (Asgard). 'Thor: Ragnarok's' desire to go for the gag also hurts the movie in a few key serious moments that deserved to pack more punch than they did." It’s carried by the excellent chemistry between Thor, Hulk, and Valkyrie, who give humanity to a visual effects-heavy spectacle that finally makes good on Thor’s title of God of Thunder.
Loosely borrowing from the Norse doomsday myth, "Thor: Ragnarok" finds the hero banished to a distant planet and forced to fight gladiator battles against his "friend from work," the Hulk, essentially giving fans a "planet Hulk" movie despite Marvel repeatedly denying that fans would see the popular storyline in a film. At the same time, the thunder god must try to return to his home world of Asgard to prevent the goddess of death, Hela, from destroying his home and killing everyone in it.
"Like Thor’s two previous solo outings, this one is pretty much skippable, although it’s not without its pleasures — most notably, the fact that Thor’s not so solo this time around, with cameos/co-starring opportunities for the Hulk, Doctor Strange and a few leftover bits of Tony Stark’s wardrobe (including a retro Duran Duran T-shirt that’s good for a laugh). And while it’s not saying much, 'Thor: Ragnarok' is easily the best of the three Thor movies — or maybe I just think so because its screenwriters and I finally seem to agree on one thing: The Thor movies are preposterous…Irreverent almost to the point of camp, that approach fits comfortably within the wheelhouse of Kiwi director Taika Waititi."
The Guardian's Steve Rose:
That's not to say the film's perfect, however. While it's been praised for its humor, a few critics pondered if there actually might be too many jokes in the action-packed romp.
And while it takes its hero’s story to surprising new places, it has an endearing reverence for his comic-book roots: he keeps calling himself 'The Mighty Thor,' because that used to be the title of his monthly comic. "Undoubtedly the best of the character’s three films, it’s more confident than the others, more kaleidoscopically colourful, and more eye-catching in its design. More importantly, this sequel, or threequel, establishes its blond leading man as somebody who’s fun to hang around with for two hours." It has more coherent fight sequences and more impressive digital effects than its predecessors did.
BBC's Nicholas Barber:
Entertainment Weekly's Chris Nashawaty:
The movie is fun. Taika Waititi was mostly the right director for the job. Tessa Thompson is going to be a star. "'Ragnarok' is basically a Joke Delivery System — and on that score, it works. And while 'Ragnarok's' story is an aimless mess, you won’t stop laughing." Chris Hemsworth is hilarious.
Instead, it’s an enthusiastic, hilarious reboot of the idea of what a Marvel movie can actually be, resulting in an effervescent, delightfully self-aware ride that was the most fun I’d had in a superhero movie in years." "'Thor: Ragnarok' is [Taika Waititi's] first Hollywood feature, but what he’s done with 'Ragnarok' doesn’t just boil down to adding new characters or throwing in extra comedy.
Polygon's Brock Wilbur:
The price of this irreverence is the possibility of taking anything that happens all that seriously – even the potential destruction of the Norse gods' home (that’s not a spoiler either: it’s the title of the movie)." "It basically throws up its hands at its own ridiculousness and plays it all for laughs – and it gets them.
IGN's Jim Vejvoda:
"'Thor' movies have always looked cool in terms of eye-popping locales, but Waititi takes it to the next level: Everything on Sakaar is like a trippy 1960s Stan Lee/Jack Kirby Thor comic book come to life, while the more fantastic environments are akin to Led Zeppelin putting a Frank Frazetta painting to song…'Ragnarok' is also the closest The House That Iron Man Built has come to a pure comedy. The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' movies, 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' and even 'Ant-Man' struck an enjoyable balance between the absurd and the serious that 'Ragnarok' just doesn’t quite nail."
"Is there anything to criticize? There's some sleight drags in the pacing that are entirely excusable based on the service they give to the characters…There's some world-building lore and backstory that fails to answer the complicated questions that the film asks, probably because it just wasn't nearly as much fun as everything else happening on screen. Of course. But to say that there's ten minutes that could've been cut, that's a pretty mild criticism."” />