Queen Latifah wants to bring diversity to filmmaking.
The multihyphenate has joined forces with Procter & Gamble and Tribeca Studios for a new project that aims to promote the importance of gender and racial equality in Hollywood, reports Vibe.
The Queen Collective alongside Procter & Gamble and Tribeca Studios will provide mentorship while also offering distribution opportunities for upcoming and aspiring women directors of color.
The Queen Collective has already assisted budding filmmakers B. Monet and Haley Elizabeth Anderson to premiere their films at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday (Apr. 26).
Monet and Anderson’s short films are also currently streaming on Hulu. The collective offers young women in film opportunities that they might not have initially had.
“We see a lot of stories that have been told through their lens in every way, shape and form,” Latifah said. “White guys have been able to tell their story in every sort of way, and unfortunately it hasn’t been that way for women. And it hasn’t been that way for people of other colors or genders. That’s the part that’s missing. We want to make sure that everyone is allowed to tell their story.”