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“Access Hollywood” is teaming up with the Black and Missing Foundation to regularly bring attention to missing persons of color.
The collaboration was announced on Monday, as “Access Hollywood” ran a segment on Tiffany Foster, a missing Georgia. She was reported missing on March 1 after leaving her home to run an errand. One week later, her car was discovered in a park with her debit card, purse and house keys inside.
The segment on Foster’s vanishing marked the first of many monthly on-air segments the show will run, led by correspondent Zuri Hall, according to a Monday press release.
“It is my honor and privilege to play even a small role in highlighting the cases of missing Black men, women, and children in America,” Hall said. “The fact that Black cases remain unresolved four times longer than those of our white counterparts is heartbreaking proof that there is so much more to be done in this fight for equity, parity and justice. Our lives matter. The work that the Black and Missing Foundation does is so vital to protecting, fighting for, and honoring these lives. I’m grateful to be a part of a show that is dedicated to amplifying our stories — including the painfully important ones — in such a meaningful way.”
The Black and Missing Foundation was formed to combat how missing Black people are treated in the media and by law enforcement. They were founded in 2008 by sisters-in-law Derrica and Natalie Wilson and some of their efforts were highlighted in the 2021 docuseries “Black and Missing.”
“We have always prioritized the stories of missing persons in our entertainment news broadcast,” “Access Hollywood” co-executive producer of news Jen Antonelli stated on Monday. “This monthly collaboration with the Black and Missing Foundation is a way to ensure that our news program is giving fair, consistent coverage to those who might be otherwise left out of the media conversation. The “Access” team is committed to taking our work for Black missing persons one step further, through this combined effort.”
“Access Hollywood” also highlighted the case of missing mom, Cynthia Bah-Traore in January.
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