How Michael B. Jordan Pulled Off Hollywood’s First Officially “Inclusive” Production

‘Just Mercy’ was staffed and filmed under WarnerMedia’s company-wide drive for more diverse hiring.

In 1988, Patrice Coleman became the first African American makeup artist in her union in Georgia, and she has worked steadily since on Georgia-based film and TV shoots, including Lionsgate’s Insurgent, multiple projects for Tyler Perry and HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Nevertheless, she was surprised last year when a line producer she’d never met, Mike Drake, asked her to meet about a Warner Bros. feature starring Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson and Jamie Foxx. “I was amazed at how Mike found me,” Coleman says. “He said it was just by going through the union roster.”

 

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