By Ray Pride

John Leguizamo

“You know what’s crazy? Texas is 39% Latino! Twelve percent black! Fifty-one percent of the population is of color! Why are they not in power? How are they being kept out of power? How is that possible? Why are they getting the worst education, and their parts of town not being taken care of because of this hyper-aggressive gerrymandering? It doesn’t just take your vote. It takes money from your public schools and infrastructure and all kinds of things that you need to be a healthy American… Yeah, like you heard there was an article about executives whining about that shit? ‘Oh we’ve gotta deal with women, and now we’ve gotta add black people, now we’ve gotta add Latin people too? I can’t really—’ No, fucking grow up, man. This is the real world. Just represent the real world as you fuckin’ see it, not try to hold on to your job, bitch. That whiny wimpiness. I was like, ‘What the fuck? Shut the fuck up. Put my people who are fucking funding your industry.’ Twenty-three percent of the box office is Latin. Put 23% of us in front of your fucking cameras. I don’t care what your problems are, I’ve got problems, you whiny fucking executive bitch… They’ll say to you, ‘Well, a woman as the lead of an action film, boys really can’t relate to that.’ Fucking Wonder Woman showed your ass, didn’t it? Hunger Games showed your ass. ”
~ John Leguizamo

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“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch

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~ Anthony Bourdain