Writers of Color Speak Out on Twitter #HireBlackWriters

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Days after stories came out about the lack of Black writers behind the script of OITNB, Twitter starts a new campaign to #HireBlackWriters.

Writing is a tough gig. The industry is fast-paced and demanding, but even in a content driven business hell bent on new narratives and new perspectives, often, writing while Black, doesn’t ensure one’s voice is heard.

The rise of #BlackGirlMagic and #BlackLivesMatter and the unceasing references of Black culture in mainstream pop culture –i.e. #BeckyWithTheGoodHair – has raised concerns for writers of color in the way these stories are either neglected, misrepresented or tokened.

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The conversation became a trending topic on Twitter with #HireBlackWriters:

Publications, take note.

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