Get Out actor and comedian Lil Rel Howery gave the black press first dibs during the red carpet of the MTV Movie and TV Awards, which aired Monday, June 18.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Howery spoke to members of the black press first before speaking with other publications. This action was in solidarity with black outlets often mistreated at red carpet events by being placed at the end of the press queue or are ignored by stars and publicists.
“I want to start with the people who are actually supporting me, have supported me and will actually put the content out there. Then I’ll talk to everyone else, but that’s who I’m going to start with first,” he said to the Times Friday while pushing his upcoming basketball comedy Uncle Drew.
The move by Howery comes as the state of the black media at press events has become part of the overall discussion regarding representation in entertainment. The most significant moment that illuminated the issue to the public was during the SAG Awards press interview with Sterling K. Brown, in which Blacktree TV‘s Jaleesa Lashay asked Brown about the disparities facing black and white journalists.
“I’m just taking a look around the room. You’ve got a point; it’s a lot of white people,” he said. “I’d never paid attention and shame on me for not having done so, but maybe this conversation is the beginning of something taking place.”