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Black and Jewish Celebrities Join Forces To Combat Racism and Antisemitism

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Today, more than 170 Black and Jewish leaders from the entertainment industry released a unity statement to launch the Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance, a joint initiative by Black and Jewish entertainment industry professionals devoted to countering racism and antisemitism in the entertainment community.

The statement will run this month in full page ads in Variety and Billboard.

We acknowledge that the Black and Jewish communities have a shared history of subjugation and persecution.

We recognize that the Black community in America has faced a history of racism that continues to this day, while the Jewish community is currently encountering record levels of antisemitism, which affects both group’s sense of fear, vulnerability, and self-worth.

As members of the entertainment community, we pledge to work to bring our two communities together in solidarity, to support one another in our struggles, and to better understand each other’s plight and narratives.

The Jewish community must continue to speak out against racial injustice and work to effect change, while the Black community must continue to speak out against all forms of antisemitism.

In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., Rabbi Abraham Heschel, and the many Blacks and Jews who stood together in the fight for civil rights, we come together to support each other in the struggle against hatred and bigotry.

In the words of the late John Lewis, “We are one people, one family, the human family, and what affects one of us affects us all.”

SIGNATORIES

24kGoldn: Artist

Josh Abraham: Co-CEO, Pulse Music Group

Jason Adelmen: Former VP of Strategic Partnerships at Relativity Media

Marty Adelstein: CEO, Tomorrow Studios

Michael Adler: Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler, Feldman, & Clark

Nate Albert: Executive Vice President of A&R, Warner Music Group

Jason Alexander: Actor

Mitch Allan: President/Founder, Mitch Allan Inc.

Chris Atlas: EVP Urban Music & Marketing, Warner Records

Nate Auerbach: Partner, Versus Creative

Justice Baiden: Manager & Co-Founder, Love Renaissance (LVRN)

Zach Banner: NFL Player, Steelers

Eve Barlow: Music Journalist

Aaron Bay-Schuck: CEO/Co-Chairman Warner Records

Benda: DJ

Aton Ben-Horin: Global Director of A&R, Warner Music Group

Steven Bensusan: President, Blue Note Entertainment Group

Mayim Bialik: Actress/Producer

Joshua Binder: Partner, Rotherberg, Mohr, and Binder LLP

Neil Blair: Partner, The Blair Partnership

Ozwald Boateng: Fashion Designer

Evan Bogart: Songwriter & Co-Founder of Boardwalk Entertainment Group.

Catherine Brewton: Vice President, Creative at Broadcast Music, Inc.

Ryan Butler: Project Manager, Recording Academy

Valeisha Butterfield Jones: Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, The Recording Academy

David Byrnes: Partner at Ziffren, Brittenham, LLP

Barbara Cane: Vice President, Worldwide Creative of BMI

Nick Cannon: Actor/Producer

Troy Carter: Founder at Q&A

Donna Caseine: EVP Creative, Reservoir Media Management

Markell Casey: Senior Director, Pulse Music Group

Ted Chervin: Founding Partner, ICM

Emmanuelle Chriqui: Actress, Activist

Stanley Clarke: Musician, Composer

Jim Cooperman: Senior VP Legal and Business Affairs, Madison Square Garden Company

Raye Cosbert: Managing Director, Metropolis Music

Mike Cotler: Actor

Terry Crews: Actor

Craig David: Artist/Songwriter

Andre Davidson: Music Producer, The Monarch

Sean Davidson: Music Producer, The Monarch

Doug Davis: Partner, The Davis Firm

Suzanna de Passe: Film & TV Producer

Kosha Dillz: Artist/Songwriter

Brian Dobbins: Co-President, Artists First

David Draiman: Musician and front man of Disturbed

Craig Emanuel: Partner, Paul Hastings LLC

Bruce Eskowitz: COO, Redlight Management

Jeffrey Evans: Baseline Management

Phylicia Fant: Co-Head Urban Music, Columbia Records

Sharon Farber: Composer

Eric Feig: Eric Feig Entertainment & Media Law, Inc.

Patti Felker: Partner, Felker, Toczek, Suddleson, & Abramson LLP

Ken Fermaglich: Partner, United Talent Agency

Marc Fineman: Founder and President FINE Group

Erica Forster: VP of Music Partnerships, DanceOn

Daryl Friedman: Chief Advocacy & Industry Relations Officer, The Recording Academy/GRAMMYs

Antoine Fuqua: Director/Producer

Marra Gad: Author, Producer

Nick Gale (Digital Farm Animals): Artist/Songwriter/Producer 

David Gardner: Co-President, Artists First

Willie Gault: Olympic Gold Medalist

Nicole George-Middleton: Senior Vice President of Membership at ASCAP

Gary Gersh: President, Global Touring, A.E.G

Donna Gigliotti: Film Producer

Karen Glauber: President, HITS Magazine

Elon Gold: Actor, Comedian

Alistair Goldmsith: President, Chosen Music

Michael Goldwasser: Record Producer & President/Co-Founder of Easy Star Records

Shani Gonzales: Managing Director, Warner Chappell UK / Head of Global A&R

Louis Gossett Jr.: Actor

Andrew Gould: Former President of A&R, Downtown Music Publishing

Max Gousse: CEO, Founder, Artistry Records

Damien Granderson: Partner, Granderson Des Rochers, LLP

Trudy Green: Trudy Green Management/HK Management

Steve Greenberg: Founder & President, S-Curve Records

Benjy Grinberg: Founder and President, Rostrum Records

Ethiopia Habtemariam: President of Motown Records

Tiffany Haddish: Comedian, Actress

Kenny Hamilton: Partner, CSH Management Group, Inc.

Herbie Hancock: Grammy Award Winning Artist & Musician

Rani Hancock: President, Sire Records

Ronnie Harris: Partner, Harris & Trotter LLP

Jo Hart: Founder, Hart Media

David Helfant: Attorney, Law Offices of David A. Helfant

Dule Hill: Actor

D.L. Hughley: Actor, Comedian

Ari Ingel, Esq.: Director, CCFP

Randy Jackson: Manager/Producer/TV Personality

Neil Jacobson: Former President, Geffen Records, Founder of Hallwood Media

Jonathan Jakubowicz: Writer, Director

Jeriel Johnson: Executive Director Washington DC, The Recording Academy

Jaha Johnson: SVP/Head of A&R, HITCO

Al Joyner: Olympic Gold Medalist

Rachel Kaplan: Producer, Absecon Entertainment

Zach Katz: Co-Founder and CEO, Raised In Space

Larry King: TV Host

Scott Kluge: President, Tremendous Entertainment

Amanda Kogan: Agent, The Gersh Agency

Blair Kohan: Partner, UTA

Rick Krim: Former Co-President, Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Sherry Lansing: Former CEO of Paramount Pictures

Eriq LaSalle: TV & Film Producer

Estelle Lasher: Manager, Producer

Colin Lester OBE: Founder, Chairman, JEM Music Group

David Levy: Former President of Turner/WarnerMedia, Founder of Back Nine Ventures

Ezekiel Lewis: EVP & Head of A&R, Epic Records

Rob Light: Partner/Managing Director/Head of Music, CAA

Kenny Lofton: All-Star & Gold Glove Winning Baseball Player and CEO, Filmpool Inc.

David Lonner: CEO, The David Lonner Co.

Ben Maddahi: SVP of A&R, Columbia Records

Gabriel Mann: Composer/Producer

Susan Markheim: Full Stop Mgt. – The Azoff Company

Orly Marley: President, Tuff Gong Worldwide

Harvey Mason Jr.: Interim President/CEO, Recording Academy

Nancy Matalon: VP of A&R, Spirit Music Group

Chioke “Stretch” McCoy: Founding Partner, Active Management

Cameron Mitchell: CEO of Curated By Media

Warren Moon: Hall-of-Fame NFL Quarterback

Lisa Nupoff: Music Manager, IMINMUSIC Management

Sharon Osbourne: American-British Television Personality, Manager

Guy Oseary: Manager, Founder Maverick Management

Metta World Peace: Former NBA Player

Ron Perry: CEO/ Chairman of Columbia Records

Julian Petty: EVP, Head of Business and Legal Affairs, Warner Records

Mekhi Phifer: Actor

Jeremy Piven: Actor

Lylette Pizzaro: Founder and Co- Managing Partner, Influence Media

Billy Porter: Actor

Michael Praw

David Renzer: Former Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group Publishing

Bourn Rich: Social Justice Street Artist, Clothing Designer

Lindy Robbins: Songwriter

Hanna Rochelle: Founder & President of Lyric Culture

Sam “Romans” Roman: Artist/Songwriter/Producer

Rick Rosen: Co-Founder & Head of Television, WME

Aaron Rosenberg: Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light, LLP

Shep Rosenman: Partner, Katz Golden Rosenman LLP

Phil Rosenthal: TV Writer, Producer, & Talent

Jeff Ross: Comedian

Michael Rotenberg: Partner, 3 Arts Entertainment

Autumn Rowe: Singer/Songwriter

Anthony Saleh: Partner WndrCo

Jacqueline Saturn: President, Caroline Music/Capital Music Group

Oscar Scheller: Songwriter/Producer

Paul Schindler: Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Jordan Schnur: CEO, Mimran Schur Pictures

Steve Schnur: Worldwide Executive & Music President, Electronic Arts

Sam Schwartz: Co-principal of Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency

Camila Seta: Marketing & Content Strategy at Rogers & Cowan

Cathy Shulman: President and CEO, Welle Entertainment

Mark Siegel: Partner, Head of Music, ICM

Ben Silverman: Chairman and co-CEO of Propagate Content

Gene Simmons: Artist/KISS

Ralph Simon: Chairman & CEO, Mobilium Global Limited

Martin Singer: Attorney, Lavely and Singer

Jeff Sosnow: EVP A&R, Warner Records

Nicky Stein: Partner, Clintons

Gary Stiffelman: Founder, GSS Law

Aaron Symonds: Composer

Traci Szymanski: President, Co-Star Entertainment/Isrealife Media Group

Adam Taylor: President/CEO, APM Music

Noa Tishby: Actress, Singer

Fred Toczek: Partner, Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson LLP

Diane Warren: Songwriter

Joshua Washington: Artist/Songwriter

Jon Weinbach: EVP/Executive Producer, Mandalay Sports Media

Larry Wilmore: Comedian, Producer, Writer, Actor

Evan Winiker: Manager, Full Stop Management

Jeffrey Winter: Executive Director, The Film Collaborative

Won-G: Artist, Manager

I love this. The fact this is the stuff of nightmares for the likes of Louis Farrakhan, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Linda Sarsour – who have been trying to sow the seeds of division between Blacks and Jews – is enough for me. But it does a whole lot more.

There are some really impressive names on this list. Among the Jewish entertainers are my friends Elon Gold, David Draiman, and Kosha Dillz. And among our Black brothers, Nick Cannon’s name stands out. It seems I was right about his sincerity in wanting to help bridge the divide between our communities.

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