By Alyssa Guzman and Harriet Alexander for Dailymail.com
01:50 May 27, 2023, update 02:36 May 27, 2023
- Patrisse Cullors, 39, signed a deal with Warner Bros in 2020 but it ended in October 2022
- A source said: ‘The deal unfortunately did not result in any shows being produced’
- Cullors had claimed she was working on various projects, including two documentaries
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has been quietly let go from her contract with Warner Bros TV after failing to produce any content.
Cullors, 39, signed the deal with the media giant in 2020 to much fanfare, but it ended in secret in October 2022, he revealed on Friday.
“The deal, unfortunately, did not result in any shows being produced,” a source told the New York Post.
Cullors claimed in January 2022 that she was working on a documentary about how reparations was similar to the idea of returning to the land, where Native Americans reclaimed their land, and another about black social mobility.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, she also wrote series about marijuana and black women leaders.
“Black voices, especially black voices that have been historically marginalized, are important and integral to storytelling today,” she said.
“Our perspective and amplification is necessary and vital to help shape a new narrative for our families and communities. I am committed to elevating these stories in my new creative role with the Warner Bros. family.
“As a long-time community organizer and social justice activist, I believe my work behind the camera will be an extension of the work I have done for the past twenty years. I look forward to amplifying the talent and voice of other black creators through my work.
The cross-platform deal was made to produce shows across the company’s multiple revenue streams, including animated shows, children’s content, scripted and unscripted.
The value of the deal was not disclosed.
DailyMail.com has contacted Cullors for comment. Warner Bros declined to comment.
The BLM activist posted a message on Instagram a few days ago accusing the media of “lying” about him.
“For 2.5 years I have been relentlessly assaulted by the media. So many lies and so much misinformation and misinformation. They are bent on destroying my life,” she wrote. “Even though I don’t haven’t been at BLM since 2021, my face continues to be used to spread so many untruths. I’m exhausted and scared for my day to day life. The worst part is that so many people have remained silent.
“Many didn’t and I’m grateful to those who helped fight the dangerous lies. But all of you. I don’t know how much longer I can take it.
Cullors became a co-founder of BLM in 2013 before stepping down in 2021. The movement began in the backyard of her Los Angeles home a decade ago.
Now the national Black Lives Matter organization is at risk of bankruptcy after its finances plunged $8.5 million into the red last year – while simultaneously paying seven-figure salaries to several employees.
Financial disclosures obtained by The Washington Free Beacon show the perilous state of BLM’s Global Network Foundation, which officially emerged in November 2020, as a more formal way to structure the civil rights movement.
Yet despite financial controversy and scrutiny, BLM GNF continued to hire people close to Cullors and several board members.
Cullors’ brother, Paul Cullors, set up two companies that were paid $1.6 million providing “professional security services” for Black Lives Matter in 2022.
Paul was also one of only two paid BLM employees during the year, receiving a $126,000 salary as “chief security officer” in addition to his consulting fees. He is best known as a graffiti artist, with no security experience.
Cullors defended his hiring, saying registered security firms that hired former police officers could not be trusted, given the movement’s opposition to police brutality.
For the previous year, 2021, tax filings revealed BLM paid nearly $970,000 to a company owned by Damon Turner, the father of Cullors’ child, to help ‘produce live events’ and to provide other “creative services”.
“While Patrisse Cullors was forced to resign due to accusations of using BLM funds for her personal use, it seems she still keeps it all in the family,” said Paul Kamenar, a lawyer for the group. monitoring by the National Legal and Policy Center.
A consulting firm run by BLM board member Shalomyah Bowers was awarded $2.1 million for providing the organization with operational support. Bowers said BLM’s last board approved the contract with his company when he was not a board member.
The filing also revealed that Cullors repaid BLM $73,000 for a charter flight and paid the foundation $390 for the private use of his $6 million Los Angeles mansion.
Bowers, who took over from Cullors when she stepped down, has also benefited greatly from the group: in 2022, her consulting firm was paid $1.7 million for management and consulting services, the Free Beacon reported. .
And the sister of former Black Lives Matter board member Raymond Howard has also been employed in a lucrative role as a consultant.
Danielle Edwards’ company, New Impact Partners, received $1.1 million for consulting services in 2022, the Free Beacon said.
BLM GNF also agreed to pay an additional $600,000 to the consulting firm of an unidentified former board member “in connection with a contractual dispute.”
The nonprofit group posted an $8.5 million deficit and the value of its investment accounts fell nearly $10 million in the last tax year, according to financial reporting.
The group recorded a loss of $961,000 on a sale of securities for $172,000, suggesting that the group suffered an 85% loss on the transaction. More details about this security were not shared.
And the money flowing into BLM’s coffers has dropped dramatically.
Donations fell 88% between 2021 and 2022, from $77 million to just $9.3 million for the last fiscal year.
A year later, in May 2022, it was revealed that Black Lives Matter had spent more than $12 million on luxury properties in Los Angeles and Toronto – including a $6.3 million property of 10,000 square feet in Canada that was purchased under an $8 million contract. ‘grant out of country.’
The Toronto property was purchased with a grant intended for “activities aimed at educating and supporting black communities, and purchasing and renovating property for charitable purposes.”
The group had said it planned to use the property as its main headquarters in Canada, and it has now been named the Wilseed Center for Arts and Activism.