Are Hollywood Casting Directors Deliberately Pushing Black British Actors over African-Americans?

Idris Elba on Complex

Idris Elba Pretended to Be American to Get His Role on ‘The Wire’

Watch the video starting at 16:16: host Sean Evans asked Idris Elba, a black British actor, playing the iconic Stringer Bell on the acclaimed series The Wire, if it was true that series creator David Simon was unaware of his English accent. Elba admits that it’s true, but goes a step further in explaining why Simon didn’t know about his accent in the first place, saying that because Simon told Wire casting director that this series was set in Baltimore, he didn’t want non-American actors cast.

“Alexa Fogel was a casting director that was really into seeing new talent,” Elba says. “She said ‘I love you, I gotta bring you into this audition, but you have to promise that you can’t tell him you’re from East London.'” Fogel apparently told Elba—who was living in Brooklyn at the time—that he had to come in and just speak in an American accent.

Elba explains that when the fourth audition came around, they “changed the tactic” on him, asking him about his life and growing up. “My parents told me not to lie—you gotta look someone in the eye and be honest,” Elba admits. That’s when he had to spill the beans and admit that he was from East London. “Don’t fire Alexa, she told me not to tell you guys,” Elba says he admitted. West shouted “I knew it” and David ended up giving him the job, but instead of giving him the role of Avon Barksdale, he gave Elba the role of Stringer Bell.

Is this a perfect example of how Hollywood casting directors like Alexa Fogel deliberately pushing black British actors over African-American actors?

We’re Marching on Washington, DC to Fight Comcast/NBCUniveral’s and Trump’s DOJ Attack on the Civil Rights Act of 1866

Solidarity Against Comcast's Assault on the Civil Rights Bill of 1866

Join us for a protest rally on Washington, DC Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

The Solidarity Against Comcast’s Assault on the Civil Rights Bill of 1866 Protest Rally is Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the Supreme Court of the United States building in Washington, DC. Register today and help us spread the word –

We are asking individuals and organizations who fight for civil and human rights to join us in the protest rally and fight for civil rights in the United States.

If you cannot attend the march:

• Cancel your Comcast/Charter service today [How to Cut The Cable Cord]
• Contact Comcast and Comcast’s CEO on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. and demand they stop this attach in the Civil Rights Bill of 1866 before the Supreme Court
• Contact the Supreme Court and ask them to not change the current law.

There are organizations across the country supporting this fight. Join us for this march on Washington and protest against Comcast/NBCUniversal. Add your name/organization name to the list of supporters. Register today and help us spread the word –

Join Us In Solidarity Against Comcast’s Assault on the Civil Rights Bill of 1866

Byron Allen

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Comcast/NBCUniversal is going before the Supreme Court of the United States to destroy the Civil Rights Bill of 1866. The company is asking SCOTUS to change the law to require a plaintiff to prove that 100% of the reason discrimination occurred was because of race.

The Urban Mediamakers stand in solidarity with women, LGTBQ, African-Americans, Blacks, Asian, Latinx, Indian, American Indian, other people of color and media mogul Byron Allen to fight Comcast/NBCUniversal blatant assault on the Civil Rights Bill of 1866.

There is a Solidarity Against Comcast’s Assault on the Civil Rights Bill of 1866 Protest Rally is Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the Supreme Court of the United States building in Washington, DC. Register today and help us spread the word –

How can you get involved?

Contact Comcast/NBCUniversal
Twitter: @comcast @xfinity


Contact members of the Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Mail: Supreme Court of the United States, , 1 First Street, NE, , Washington, DC 20543

Telephone: 202-479-3000 (Available M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern) | TTY: 202-479-3472

For time sensitive or urgent questions please contact the Public Information Office at the following number: 202-479-3211.

Solidarity Against Comcast’s Assault on the Civil Rights Bill of 1866 Rally, Cancelling Comcast Service, Make Phone Calls and Send Emails/Letters to Members of SCOTUS

Watch and listen to Byron Allen breaks down the entire Comcast/NBCUniversal lawsuit –

NAACP, Killer Mike Implore Black People to Stand with Byron Allen in His $20 Billion Lawsuit Against Comcast

Byron Allen

Written by Cedric ‘BIG CED’ Thornton for Black Enterprise

Astute businessman and comedian Byron Allen has gained support in his ongoing court battle against Comcast from rapper and activist Michael “Killer Mike” Render and The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Both the outspoken hip-hop activist and civil rights group are urging black people to stand with Allen in his $20 billion racial discrimination lawsuit against Comcast, which will be heard in the Supreme Court Nov. 13. Allen also has a similar $10 billion suit against Charter Communications.

Byron filed the multi-billion suits back in 2015 and 2016, arguing that Comcast and Charter violated the Civil Rights Act after he unsuccessfully tried for years to get the cable systems to carry his networks, Entertainment Studios, which were available through rival distributors, including Verizon, Dish, and AT&T’s DirecTV. Both Comcast and Charter, however, assert that race was not a factor in their refusal to carry stations under Allen’s production company.

Read the entire Black Enterprise article.