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Will Smith, Denzel Washington Should Fund More Black Movies – Lena Waithe

Popular Black filmmaker, Lena Waithe has blasted some of the heavyweight black movie stars in Hollywood for not supporting their own.

She revealed her disgust at the fact that black projects were not been supported by the likes of Denzel Washington, Will Smith, and other huge names.

She added that she only wants things to change, even if others do not appear to want the same thing.

Her words, “Don’t don’t get me started on black financiers! How many of those do we have?”

“I’m not [going to name] names because I know better, but there are some very big black movie stars out there, and they could pay for two or three or even five small independent movies to get made by black directors and black writers. Let me give you two movies that are very important to the black community: Moonlight and 12 Years a Slave. Whose production company put those out?”

“Wasn’t Denzel Washington. Wasn’t Will Smith,”

“You won’t catch me making $20 million a movie and not paying for at least four or five independent movies a year. I do give credit to [director and producer] Ava [DuVernay] for trying to build something that hasn’t been built before, but that’s a lot on Ava’s back.”

“I’m over here trying to build a community, and I don’t see other people doing it. I really do feel like there’s a way for us to change the movie business from the inside out, but we’re all in our own silos doing our own thing.”

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