Idris Elba’s new documentary will reportedly expose the way Black Artists are treated within the music industry.
According to reports, the documentary called Paid in Full: The Battle for Payback, will “examine the exploitation of Black artists by the music industry and explores what it would look like for Black artists to receive reparations.”
It will also take a deep dive into the “historic injustice suffered by the music industry’s Black artists, including the disparity of profits received by them, despite having created the records that have driven the fabric and culture of popular music. The series will also look at racial inequality in the music industry both today and in the past.”
In a recent interview, Elba explained, “This is a story that touches all of us. It’s about the people who created the soundtracks of our lives in popular music and the pain of their exploitation.” He continued, “It’s also about bringing the music industry to account for the injustice inflicted on generations of musical talents who have been deprived of their rightful rewards both financially and in terms of status and respect. At the heart of it is the need to make amends- granting acknowledgment and paying back what is due.”
Idris Elba’s documentary will feature MK Asante Jr., filmmaker, and author, as well as, Lawrence Lartey, the Director of Innovation, Industry, and Enterprise at Ravensbourne University London. At the moment, there is no premiere date for the project, however, we are excited to see it.