BBC’s diversity showcase to headline Michaela Coel & Cynthia Erivo

Michaela Coel

UK pubcaster the BBC is headlining its virtual Creative Diversity Xperience (CDX) later this month with actor Cynthia Erivo and I May Destroy You writer Michaela Coel.

The two-day show, which takes place from 28-29 July, will include a selection of live-streamed events and masterclasses showcasing the “vibrancy, innovation and leadership of black, Asian and minority ethnic talent in the creative industry”.

CDX is aimed at younger audiences and will examine issues that affect them through more than six hours of content each day.

Harriet star Erivo will sit down with BBC Radio 1’s Clara Amfo for a one-on-one spotlight conversation and Coel will host a masterclass.

Viewers will also hear from diverse creative leaders including BBC Radio 1Xtra’s DJ Target; Noughts And Crosses star Masali Baduza; Normal People and Derry Girls actor Aoife Hinds; creative director and manager Grace Ladoja and writer and filmmaker Lucy Sheen.

June Sarpong, BBC director of creative diversity, said: “It is important for the BBC to be the beacon to the rest of the industry and champion diversity and inclusion. We have thought carefully about creating an authentic, engaging and immersive experience, using innovative technology. CDX will set itself apart from what people may have seen or expect of the BBC.”

Miranda Wayland, BBC head of creative diversity, added: “CDX is a first for the BBC and the wider creative industry and I am excited about this opportunity to amplify the wealth of ethnically diverse talent within the creative industry. I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved and the diverse team who have shaped CDX to be the voice for our young diverse audiences.”

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