People of Color Need to Be Given a Chance to Succeed in Adland Rather Than Just Fulfilling a Quota

Despite loving black culture, advertising hasn’t exactly hired black talent accordingly

It’s been an interesting 25-plus years as a black man in Adland, a journey that’s taken me around the world and brought me both to the agency- and client-sides of the business. I suppose I could sum up my experience by remembering that while Martin Luther King Jr. beautifully urged that we “be judged by the content of our character,” Malcolm X’s mantra of “by any means necessary” resonates just a tiny bit more with me.