‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Reflects Charles King’s Macro Vision

Charles D. King left his perch as a partner at WME in 2015 to launch a content company focused on giving creative and business opportunities to storytellers of color. “Judas and the Black Messiah,” the period drama that bows Feb. 12 in theaters and on HBO Max, is the epitome of the producer-entrepreneur’s larger goal with Macro, King tells Variety podcast “Strictly Business.”

King and his wife, Macro chief brand officer Stacey Walker King, planted the Macro flag “with a vision of empowering and supporting people of color and diverse storytellers,” Charles King says. “The vision was having people of color be at the center of the content that we would produce and finance,” he says.

The Kings self-financed Macro in its first few months of operations. Charles King used all of his industry connections and dealmaking savvy to raise enough capital to give Macro the

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Ottawa announces support for Black entrepreneurs and business owners


The federal government says new financial supports for Black entrepreneurs and business owners is a first step in its plan to tackle systemic racism, while working to identify barriers to success.

Ottawa says COVID-19 has highlighted and exacerbated existing systemic barriers faced by Black entrepreneurs.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced investments of up to nearly $221 million in partnership with Canadian banks, including up to $93 million from the Government of Canada over the next four years. The program is the first of its kind in Canada.

Trudeau says the ideas and the ability to succeed are all there within the Black community, but access to funding remains an obstacle. 

“What this program will do over the coming four years is ensure, by working with financial institutions there is much greater access to capital for these Black businesses, which face systemic barriers and discrimination every single day,” he said,

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In Ohio and nationwide, Joe Biden is better for Black business

OPINION: Biden’s common-sense plans will support Black entrepreneurs and small businesses as they recover and look to the future

Joe Biden plans to grow and strengthen Black-owned small businesses in Ohio and nationwide. Through his Build Back Better and Lift Every Voice plans, Biden will invest billions in the resources Black small business owners can leverage to drive their own success.

The former vice president will ensure access to credit and capital for Black businesses by doubling funding for community development financial institutions (CDFIs) and the state small business credit initiative that funds local lending. Biden will improve and expand the small business administration programs that most directly serve Black-owned small businesses, including the small business development centers, the SBA Microloan Program, and the 7(a) loan program.

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As President, Biden will make permanent the Community Advantage Loan

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