Diversity in media is still a hot topic, and will probably remain so for sometime. Over the last several years, things have begun to change and, as previously mentioned, television leads the charge. Netflix has already experienced success in this regard with Orange is the New Black; the service’s partnership with Marvel will introduce a new landmark when Luke Cage launches this fall. Adding to the show’s exciting set up, which includes the score led by A Tribe Called Quest member and a ’90s Hip-Hop flair, is the cast. The producers and actors have made no bones about hyping its release, and that trend continues with Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes actor, Mahershala Ali.
Speaking with USA Today, the actor noted how he believes the show will inspired kids. “There are going to be so many kids out there who get to see a black man on that screen and aspire to be like him. We didn’t have that. They get to be included.”
Ali continued, emphasizing the significance of what youth see in the media being central to their upbringing.
“When I grew up, it was a lie to us that you could be anything you wanted to be. Because we knew we couldn’t be President. What this generation has is President Obama — he’s a superhero for us. And I think that might be hard for people to really embrace and understand.”
Luke Cage will be available for binge watching consumption September 30 on Netflix.
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