Why every Hollywood project needs an Effie Brown (“Project Greenlight”)

Though not exclusively a PBS thing, this is definitely something that needs to happen more at a PBS station-especially at WGBH.

Tananarive Due Writes

Producer Effie Brown had already been turned into a .gif by the first episode of HBO’s “Project Greenlight,” where she and Matt Damon had an exchange over the meaning of diversity that launched a #Mattsplaining hashtag. (He interrupted her, which set social media afire.) 

That was just Day 1.

You can almost hear Effie thinking, You can almost hear Effie thinking, “I can’t BELIEVE what I’m hearing right now.”

I wasn’t surprised. I’ve been working with Effie on a project for more than a year, and I was well acquainted with her catch-phrase “Duly Noted” and her candor on all matters, including race and diversity. And Effie isn’t in “Project Greenlight” for the money (as she breaks down in this Indiewire interview).

As always, Effie (who produced Dear White People) wants to make a difference. Effie hired a diverse crew including people of color and women–which particularly jumps out while watching the show because…

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