Jesse Jackson aims to take big bosses to task at 20th annual PUSH conference

Given the way the country is being run now, should Black people be fearful of the next administration, and at the end of the day, are we afraid to vote because we just don’t know what we’re going to get?

We should not be afraid to vote. There are 26 million Black eligible [people] registered to vote now and 10 million unregistered. We don’t want to lose the election by doing less than our best. Secondly, even in the face of [the current president], we’ve gained tremendously on the ground. We’ve got 25 new Black Congressman, 38 Latinos and 20 Asians … and we took the Congress back. We can beat him, and we must. We should not be afraid of him. We won by 3 million votes in 2016. … We must have courage and fight back.

One of the sessions during your upcoming conference will address bridging the gap in film and digital entertainment. With the rise of the digital age, do you think we have moved away from being as active as we were in the past? If so, what do we need to do to change that?

We vote with our dollars. … Right now, we’re in LA preparing to have a report card on the film industry this week that will come out in LA and in Atlanta next week, and we want our share of this industry. This industry shapes minds, images, jobs and contracts, and we want our share of it. We are free but not equal. We want an equal share in the entertainment industry ’cause we make movies and we sell them. We want our share.

N. Ali Early
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