#Changehollywood

WRITERS’ ROOM
DATABASE OF EXPERTS

Diverse Experts on a Wide Range of Topics for Producers & Writers in Hollywood

The Writers’ Room Database of Experts helps you find the experts you need to inform authentic, anti-racist portrayals of Black people and communities, the reality of race in all of our lives, and the most pressing social issues of today — especially criminal justice.

Our Expert Database features individuals and organizations with deep knowledge and firsthand experience in law enforcement tactics and procedures, every area of the justice system (including immigration), science and technology (including surveillance, forensics and medicine), social issues ranging from the influence of big tech to workers and the economy, American history, Black culture, social activism and more.

You can search the database by category of expertise, race/ethnicity, gender/sex and police/military background. Detailed profiles include more information: work sector, job title, location, previous experience consulting in Hollywood, experience with racial justice, specific topics of expertise, publications/videos, immigration background, languages, disability identity, religious background and other information they choose to offer.

Every person and organization in the database is committed to racial equity and social progress. Most experts are Black, people of color and/or women. Click here to read about our vetting process.

Our aim is to provide a great match. We cannot guarantee that every advisory or consulting arrangement is successful, but we have made every effort to ensure that each expert is capable of making a highly valuable contribution to the writers’ room.

If you have any questions about the Expert Database, please contact hollywood-database@colorofchange.org.

Additional resources provided by #ChangeHollywood can be found here. You can also learn more about Color Of Change Hollywood.

If you are in need of DE&I training, resources, or consulting services, please visit the #ChangeIndustries Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Anti-Racism Directory

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SEARCH THE DATABASE FOR EXPERT INDIVIDUALS & ORGANIZATIONS

Use these filters to narrow your search. If you want people of any label in a given section to appear in your search results, do not check any boxes in the section. After selecting your filters, hit the ‘submit’ button at the bottom of this column to see your results.

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Categories of expertise

Work FOcus

Uzoma

Orchingwa

Ameelio

CEO, Founder

Vernon

Ruffin

Ruffin NeuroLab, LLC

Principal Investigator and CEO

Organization

Veterans in Media & Entertainment

Organization

W. Haywood Burns Institute

Wesley

Lowery

Journalist

Whitney

Beatty

Apothecarry Brands

CEO

William

Lopez

Clinical Assistant Professor

William

Johnston

Open Society Foundations

Senior Program Officer

Yasmin

Cader

Cader Adams Trial Lawyers

Partner and Co-Founder

Yolo Akili

Robinson

Black Emotional & Mental Health Collective (BEAM)

Executive Director & Founder

About

Color of Change

Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 7 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.

About

Color of Change Hollywood

Color Of Change Hollywood collaborates with like-minded people in the entertainment industry to change how Black people, as well as issues affecting Black people, are represented across the media landscape. We lead a wide range of interventions aimed at shifting the standards and practices of content development, production and distribution — working to eliminate inaccurate, dehumanizing portrayals and narratives, and to increase the diversity, accuracy and humanity of the stories that influence the attitudes of tens of millions of people.

Our work includes: consulting with writers’ rooms to offer showrunners and writers real-life stories, information and experiences they can use in story development and scripting; collaborating with major film and television productions to amplify the reach and impact of content that elevates Black stories; conducting original research to expose critical problems in the industry and set new standards; leading accountability and advocacy campaigns to effect systems change; and working with celebrities and other influencers to produce content on critical social issues and to advance conversations about industry change.

RECOMMEND AN INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATION FOR INCLUSION IN THE DATABASE

Help us grow the database! If you know an individual or organization that can provide valuable expertise to writers’ rooms, please let us know. Please submit just one person or organization per entry, but feel free to use the Recommend button multiple times.

Request a type of expert not yet listed in the database

Tell us what you need! Your recommendations can help us make this database more useful for more writers’ rooms. While we cannot meet every request, we will conduct additional outreach based on demand. 

If you have recommendations for individuals or organizations that can fulfill the request you’ve identified, please use the “Recommend” button to nominate them — it’s on the homepage under the welcome message.