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Meghan Markle Is Reportedly Pitching Netflix For Documentary About BLM Founder, Patrisse Cullors

September 15, 2020

Meghan Markle is reportedly in talks with Netflix to include Patrisse Cullors (one of three founders of the Black Lives Matter movement) in the upcoming Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s deal, said to be worth upwards of $100 million.

Meghan Markle Is Reportedly Pitching Netflix For Documentary About Black Lives Matter Founder and TV writer, Patrisse Cullors

As part of the multimillion Netflix deal, the retired royals will produce documentaries, films, scripted and other programming exclusive to the streaming giant’s platform. Meghan is reportedly ‘hugely inspired’ by Cullors work, according to the Mirror.

Patrisse along with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi founded the Black Live Matter movement in 2013 following the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in 2012. The movement #BlackLivesMatter hashtag quickly gained a following on social media with celebrity endorsements that followed.

At the young age of just 36-year-old, Cullor has worn many hats over the past 20 years as an LGBTQ activist, founder of Dignity and Power Now, founder + chair of Reform L.A. Jail and as a TV writer who has been actively calling on Hollywood’s top talent to show up for Black Lives.

“I think it’s time for talent, writers, executives, the guild and SAG to show up for Black lives as well,” Cullors told The Hollywood Reporter. “Join this strike. Now is the time and our movement is really looking to unions to step in in a particular way and say, ‘We’re going to hold back on allowing for the exploitation and the degradation of Black communities to continue under our watch.’ I think Hollywood can really show up in this moment.”

Cullors began her fight for social justice at the young age of 9 years old. She witnessed her brothers become the victim of police harassment. Growing up in L.A. in the 90s, she saw firsthand the emotional and physical affects the criminal justice system places on marginalized and displaced communities.

Cullors led Reform L.A. Jails’s “Yes on R” campaign earlier this year for the Measure R ballot initiative, which passed with 71 percent of the vote.

Measure R now requires Los Angeles County to invest in rehab and mental health treatment, to grant the Sheriff’s Department Civilian Oversight Commission power to independently investigate misconduct within the jail system and ultimately reduce jail populations in total.

To read more on Letter R and Partise Cullors click here.

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