Kendrick Sampson revealed his recent residuals checks didn’t even break $100.
“Last week, I get news that I’ve received 56 residual checks. I prayed that these are HEALTHY checks to get me through this time,” Sampson, 35, wrote via Instagram earlier this month alongside a video from the picket lines outside of Warner Bros.
“But lo and behold — 50 (yes FIFTY! FIVE, ZERO) checks into counting, I had to take a break because … the total was $86,” Sampson said. “This is that bulls—t. And I KNOW people are struggling much more than me!”
He vowed: “S—t has to change — This is why we strike. The clock is ticking. Let’s see what happens at midnight. #solidarity #WGAstrong ✊🏽.”
Sampson, who has found success as both an actor and an activist, has showed support for the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike since it began in May. He later joined the picket lines in solidarity with the SAG-AFTRA union once they began fighting in July.
Both the WGA and the SAG-AFTRA unions are battling over labor disputes with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). Strikers are fighting for better wages, streaming residuals and protection against the use of AI in film and TV.
“I don’t think people know that, like, 90 percent of actors are unemployed and, like, most of them are below the poverty line, the overwhelming majority,” Sampson told The Wrap on Thursday, July 20, while picketing once again. “I’m one of the more privileged Black actors and I’m still struggling to pay my bills.”
The Something From Tiffany’s star continued: “So imagine what others who have far less, who have far less experience, credits on their resume, whatever, and far less money and resources like the people in my family that I’m fighting for, that I’m out here doing this for to try to change the future for them, a better future for them.”
Sampson further explained that entertainers are protesting “not just for our extracurricular activities and some bougie pastime. We’re out here protesting for the future, for marginalized folks, for Black folks, we’re out here protesting for the future of our narratives. The future of our stories. The health of our communities.”
Earlier that week, Sampson shared an Instagram video from his production company, BLD PWR Productions. The clip highlighted different actors, writers and producers voicing their concerns over the current working conditions.
“They don’t want to come to the table until we’re broke. … We been broke! Whatchu mean?” Sampson exclaimed in the July 17 video, pointing out, “Y’all aren’t talking about breaking some idea of a union. You’re talking about breaking people.”
The How to Get Away With Murder alum concluded by showing off one of his residual checks that totaled $27.30. “You see these little pennies you’ve been sending on the residuals checks? The stamp cost more than the check!” Sampson quipped.