Halle Berry Screens “Kidnap”, Attends Essence Festival 2017 and Talks Diversity

Halle Berry Kidnap Essence Festival

Halle Berry screened her upcoming film Kidnap for fans. She will also be opening the Essence Festival 2017 with keynote conversation about empowerment.

Halle Berry has been on a roll. She has been busy promoting her film Kidnap as well as talking about the need for diversity in Hollywood. She recently attended Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2017. Halle talked to Elaine Welteroth (Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue) about diversifying Hollywood, Black Lives Matter, and her disappointment in still being the only black actress to win an Oscar for a leading role.

According to Halle, while having actors of color on screen is important, true diversity will be achieved by supporting directors, writers, and other talented people of color. She also shared her opinions about representation during the fan screening of Kidnap in New Orleans.

The entire conversation throws light on her struggles as a black actress in Hollywood and what she hopes to change in tinsel town.  Another awesome thing about the video is that it shows Halle’s comedic side. She is at the stage of her career where she can joke about herself and her choices.

Halle will also be joining a keynote conversation about representation at the Essence Festival 2017. I’m all for Halle doing what she can to help produce and promote projects that can aid in creating a more diverse Hollywood.

As for her own projects, she has Kingsman: The Golden Circle releasing on September 22, 2017. She also has Kings, a film about the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles. Kings is expected to be released sometime later this year for award consideration.

She also talked about creating a movie with Kevin Hart during the fan screening in New Orleans. Halle joked about Storm appearing in Black Panther.

Kidnap will officially hit US theaters on August 4, 2017. It got picked up by Aviron Pictures after the Relativity bankruptcy drama.

Are you excited about Kidnap? What are your thoughts about Halle Berry’s opinions regarding the need to diversify Hollywood? Let me know.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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