29 Entertainers On The Black History They'd Like To See Onscreen

"I just want to see more of us on screen, because Black History Month is a month, but black people are forever, and they've always been forever." —Kofi Siriboe

This February, in honor of Black History Month and the continuous push for diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry, we asked some entertainers what pieces of black history they would like to see onscreen. This included creating stories that center on time periods or focusing on specific people or particular events — whatever piqued their creative interests. Here are their slightly edited answers:

1. Aldis Hodge, Underground

2. Misha Green, Showrunner for Underground

3. Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Underground

4. Pat Cleveland, Model

5. Veronica Webb, Model

6. David Harbour, Stranger Things

7. Amber Ruffin, Writer for Late Night With Seth Meyers

8. Alex Gibney, Documentarian

9. Lewis Black, Comedian

10. Jill Kargman, Odd Mom Out

11. Seth Meyers, Late Night With Seth Meyers

12. Kenneth Lonergan, Writer of Manchester By The Sea

13. Jelani Cobb, Staff Writer at The New Yorker

14. Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, Showrunners for The Americans

15. Allen Maldonado, Black-ish

16. Anika Noni Rose, The Quad

17. Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Queen Sugar

18. Elijah Kelley and Luke James, The New Edition Story

19. Keith Powers, The New Edition Story

20. F. Gary Gray, Straight Outta Compton

21. Isaiah Washington, The 100

22. Jay Ellis, Insecure

23. Issa Rae, Insecure

24. Prentice Penny, Showrunner for Insecure

25. Kofi Siriboe, Queen Sugar

26. Leonard Roberts, Drumline

27. Saniyya Sidney, Fences

Quotes from the amFAR New York Gala, the Writers Guild Awards, and the American Black Film Festival Honors.

Ariane Lange contributed reporting to this post.

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