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Equity Exec Director Mary McColl Contradicts Equity Website

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Earlier this week,  I reviewed Actors’ Equity’s new website equityworksla.com.  Equity claims this special site will inform Los Angeles about the coming rule-changes.  Secondarily, the tone on the website is clearly designed to make the changes seem as benign as possible.  As I found in my review, however, the website is riddled with inconsistencies, partial truths, and deliberately misleading graphics.  The site is so flawed ...

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AEA President Formally Addresses Diversity

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Actors’ Equity President Kate Shindle has a guest column in Variety  to formally write about diversity and the Hamilton casting notice.  Earlier in the week, Equity created tremendous Internet backlash by seemingly to be only concerned about discrimination when white actors were excluded.  The Union subsequently deleted a tweet and replaced the 140 character message with a much longer one for Union members.  In her ...

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Theater and Misogyny

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Writer Holly Harper asks a very simple question: Theatre is about acceptance, so why can’t women be accepted?

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Equity Removes Tweet, Inserts Letter

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Yesterday, Actors’ Equity officially applauded a wording change in the casting notice for Hamilton.  The tweet was controversial because it begged the question about being able to cast by race – something that doesn’t appear to be an issue if the casting notice calls exclusively for Caucasians.  That tweet: spurred a significant Internet backlash.  Equity has since deleted the tweet. Today, Equity issued another tweet ...

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UPDATED: Hamilton Casting Raises Diversity Issues

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The diversity argument in the arts has been brewing hotter for at least a year now.   The backlash discussion of Howlround’s Jubilee, an attempt to get theaters to commit to producing only non-white, non-male writers in the year 2020, showed that the boundary between diversity and inclusiveness is not as sharp as might be expected. Now Hamilton, the Broadway sensation that will likely sweep the ...

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Homogeneous Hollywood Losing Money?

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On the heels of the recent diversity report from cross-town football rival, USC, today UCLA has released its study on the lack of diversity in Hollywood.  The 60-page scholarly report, created by the Bunche Center of African American Studies, is filled with numbers that are sadly familiar:  There can be no doubt that the entertainment industry is not a place of equal opportunity. This report ...

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Hollywood Diversity: Real-Life Stories

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The New York Times: The #OscarsSoWhite awareness continues with these stories from the field.  If there are more diverse roles, there would be more diverse Oscars.  Asian, Black, Latino, Female, Gay:  the story is always the same.  There appears to be a desire to use stereotypes to tell stories which only increases the awareness of the stereotype.  The present discussion may help break the feedback ...

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Diversity Stats in Hollywood: It’s Not Pretty

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As the Oscars approach, we again are reminded that #OscarsSoWhite.  A scholarly report from USC entitled “Inclusion or Invisibility: Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity in Entertainment” yields some troubling statistics.  These include a 2:1 ratio of male:female speaking roles and that only 28.3% of all speaking characters were from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups. Not surprisingly, the report concludes, in part: The film industry still functions as ...

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Don Cheadle Needed A White Actor

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Deadline Hollywood: The true rules of a system are often hidden.   Just as the election of Barack Obama did not signal a “post-racial” society, more actors of color at the Oscars may not signal a “post-racial” Hollywood.  For example, well-known actor, Don Cheadle, decided to make a film about jazz great, Miles Davis.  But funding for that film required something besides Cheadle’s resume, as he ...

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Looking for the Promised Land

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February is Black History Month, an organized effort to recognize, accept and validate the African American Experience in Western Culture. It’s complicated. It’s about pride, it’s about history, it’s about education, it’s an effort to merge two ideas that often seem conflicted. Community And Diversity. How do we meld common interests (community in this case Western Culture), and special/individual interest (again in this case, the ...

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