Fans poured a questioning critique on the celebratory news that Ciara and husband Russell Wilson have signed with the Creative Artists Agency, citing the low number of people of color not only on their direct management team, but on CAA’s roster worldwide.
According to the website Diverse Representation, among CAA’s offices around the world, only 17 of their hundreds of agents are black.
After posting a video clip with Ciara and Wilson waving and cheering in front of CSA agents, fans weighed in on the dearth of colored faces. The Atlanta Black Star shares the Twitter commentary:
“Only two black on y’all team…Wow.”
“And of course everyone is white back there… we need more black presence.”
“I just said the same s— I counted three black faces and two. Stalking I don’t understand why we have to include others when we’re doing something great they never have to include us and it doesn’t mean you’re racist because you want to see all brown in the town.”
“I only see 3 brown people guys- let’s do better… @ciara @dangerusswilson.”
Some fans stepped in to remark that Ciara and Wilson are employing the agents to represent them, but that didn’t mean it didn’t leave a bad taste in the mouths of some followers.
Ciara and Wilson carried on without comment, and indeed there is no major backlash among followers. So no big deal, right? Unless someone like Spike Lee, who recently launched a boycott of Gucci and Prada over their blackface design fiascos.
Now Spike would think twice before criticizing another super-successful person of color, but we are living in choppy waters, given the explosion of hate crimes and anti-black, anti-immigrant sentiment in Trumplandia.
Wilson himself is responsible for West2East, a brand management, creative content and production company that produces documentaries, TV and film projects. I note his team has excellent reputation for employing talented men of color. But as to the ladies? They are Tenasha Trujillo - Personal Assistant; Pili Langman - Project Coordinator/Content Creator; Carrie Hart - Massage Therapist; and Andrea Witton - Head Chef. Now that’s a stereotypical female lineup if I ever saw one. But hey, who’s counting.