The Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition held a meeting Thursday with Sony executives, including company co-chair Amy Pascal, discussing possible diversity initiatives.
“We want to empower African-American Actors/Actresses, camera men/women, producers and directors,” PUSH wrote in a press statement. “We want to increase participation for companies and organizations like TV One, Radio One, Interactive One, Ebony, Black Enterprise, NNPA, NABOB and others.” Interactive One is the parent company of NewsOne.
PUSH Chairman Martin King called the meeting “a step towards progress,” but noted that “they [Sony] have a long way to go to becoming a company that represents the America that supports them through entertainment, gaming, technology and electronic purchasing.”
The meeting comes after hackers whom the FBI says are backed by North Korea exposed racist emails from Sony. The leaked exchanges between top company executives included one where they implied President Obama would love slave movies; another suggested that Denzel Washington should be denied leading roles in international films because international moviegoers would shun one starring a black actor.
The Sony leaders involved have since apologized for the emails. The company’s executives are now communicating via texts to avoid further exposure. The FBI is currently investigating the hack’s origins.
National Action Network‘s Rev. Al Sharpton and National Urban League president Marc Morial met with Pascal, as well, on Thursday.