Ava DuVernay, Spike Lee, more talk representation for powerful new Netflix campaign

Show Full Article “Holy crap. The new campaign joins a broader cultural conversation about creating robust, dynamic characters and plot lines that represent identities across race, gender, sexuality, and ability. The hashtag also encourages viewers to share on social media which character they saw in themselves   and why representation on screen matters to them. There was hope.”
Selenis Leyva

Logan Browning

Marque Richardson

The first video shared by Netflix on its Facebook page features Krissy, who saw herself in a character just recently, on the Netflix series One Day at a Time. “What we’re seeing now that’s so beautiful in this renaissance of television and film is a centering of folks who have so often been in the margins.”
Lee recalls seeing films that exploited black people in his childhood. She looks like me,” the actress recalls thinking. Leyva says the first time she saw herself was in the character of Detective Nina Moreno (Lauren Velez) on police drama New York Undercover. “Images are important,” he says. In powerful short videos, prominent voices in entertainment who work with Netflix like Ava DuVernay (The 13th),   Spike Lee (She’s Gotta Have It), and   Marlon Wayans (Naked)   speak on their experiences growing up without representation in the TV and movies they watched. The problem is, it’s other people telling the world who we are and not ourselves.”
Ava DuVernay

Spike Lee

Marlon Wayans

The lineup also includes actors currently starring in Netflix shows like Selenis Leyva (Orange Is the New Black) and   Dear White People‘s   Logan Browning and Marque Richardson. Netflix’s new campaign, #FirstTimeISawMe, asks actors, directors, and other creatives when they first saw a character on screen who looked like them, who they identified with. “The last 10 years is when I’ve seen more representations that feel like folks in my real life behaving in a way that feels familiar to me,” explains DuVernay. “I never thought that could exist. “You want to see yourself reflected truthfully as a child.