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Idrissa Akuna Elba OBE (born 6 September 1972) is an English actor, writer, producer, rapper, singer, songwriter and DJ. He is known for roles including Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire, DCI John Luther in the BBC One series Luther, and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013). He has been nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, winning one, and was nominated five times for a Primetime Emmy Award.
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Black Publicists Talk Battling Restrictions, Championing Inclusivity in Hollywood: "We Can Tell a Variety of Stories"


Despite having more than 25 years of publicity and marketing experience, BazanPR founder Jackie Bazan still finds it challenging to encounter people in the entertainment industry who "understand that the color of my skin does not define my capability in this space." Bazan’s firm has worked on Black Panther, Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, Adam Shankman’s Hairspray and the upcoming Concrete Cowboy starring Idris Elba.

But she recalls becoming a consultant for Lionsgate’s Midway, a war epic released in November whose cast was almost entirely white, only after months of "convincing why we were the best people for that job." It was the first time the education division of the publicist’s company represented a title not targeted to African Americans.

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