Under Scrutiny Facebook Makes Huge Diversity Pledge for Black Content Creators

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Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed filmmaker Warren D. Robinson (image below).

On a recent Price of Business show, host Kevin Price visited with filmmaker Warren D. Robinson.

Facebook is facing increased criticism from all ends of the political spectrum. Democrats, such as president Biden have recently lashed out at the company while republicans, such as former president Trump have sued and civil rights groups have long complained the company has not done enough to combat racism on its platform. Producer and entertainment executive Warren D. Robinson believes such criticism of Facebook ignores all that the social media giant has done to promote diversity and highlight unique voices. Robinson says, “Just earlier this year Facebook announced a $25 million fund for creators of color; this was part of a larger $200 million pledge for black and minority-owned businesses.” In fact, he believes the criticisms of Facebook are less about Facebook itself and more about silencing the voices of dissent, “The biggest issue people have with Facebook is that they want the company to shut down any voices that they don’t like or agree with so they wrap it up in this idea that Facebook is discriminatory. In reality, the voices that have been the most marginalized, minority voices, Facebook has taken huge steps to amplify.”

According to a statement, “Entertainment executive and producer, Warren D. Robinson believes that when organizations are willing to have open and honest conversations about race and their own bias they can commit to meaningful change. We have seen this recently in the form of Hollywood award shows, particularly, the Grammys and the Academy Awards (Oscars). The Recording Academy and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have both taken concrete steps to diversify their ranks and address inherent biases in their voting processes. As a result, we have the most diverse crop of award winners/nominees, respectively, we’ve ever seen. Contrast that with the scandal and production shutdown currently at CBS’s The Talk, which resulted because a co-host was unable to properly engage in a conversation about race, address her own bias and commit to doing better. ‘The key part to every conversation’ Warren says, ‘starts with listening. Listening and hearing are different and if you are unable to listen then you are unable to have a conversation.’

“Warren D. Robinson is an avid and accomplished entertainment executive, motivational speaker, host, life coach, and award-winning producer who created the wildly popular series, Buried by the Bernards, which is currently streaming on Netflix.

“Warren has served as an entertainment consultant, manager, and producer, facilitating, appearing, and negotiating high powered deals on behalf of his clients in front of such companies as Warner Brothers, BET, CNN, Freemantle, Best Buy, TV ONE, Netflix, Lifetime, Fox News, WE TV, E!, NBC Universal, Viacom and more. In addition, Warren’s entertainment prowess includes coordinating, partnering, and/or producing events for legendary actress Pam Grier, Taraji P Henson, Gabrielle Union, Vivica A Fox, Soul singer Eddie Levert (of the O’Jays), Comedian Mike Epps, Angie Stone, Flavor Flav, the Indianapolis Colts, Donna Joyner-Richardson, Stephanie Mills, Erykah Badu and Tom Joyner among others. Warren graduated from Indiana University (B.A.-Political Science) and Howard University School Of Law (J.D.).”

Learn more about Warren D. Robinson and his work here.


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