NY Daily News: The ‘Black Panther’ moment to seize to promote arts diversity

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by Kerry McCarthy & Patricia Swann

"Black Panther” is being hailed as a watershed moment in cultural history for African Americans, and it’s easy to see why. It’s more than just a movie; it’s a celebration of black excellence. Entire communities have rallied around the #BlackPantherChallenge to make sure young people have the opportunity to see themselves and their potential on the big screen.

But to truly make the most of the Black Panther moment, it can’t just come and go with the churn of the box office.

We need to use this conversation to lift up diverse programming across the arts, and to show a new generation of diverse young people from all backgrounds that careers in the arts and entertainment are possible.

For too long, a lack of positive representation in mainstream media and underinvestment in cultural institutions of color have worked in tandem to reduce the access to diverse role models in the arts, and to the arts more generally, for kids of color.

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