Tag Archives: diversity

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

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

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

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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Working Black Actor Talks Inequality

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Vox:  A powerful piece by a Chicago-based black actor who relates what it’s like to be a black actor in both film and theater. So when we yell #OscarsSoWhite, I stand here thinking, “So is the rest of the industry.” The inequality starts from the bottom and works its way to the top until it becomes fully institutionalized.

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What do you mean, Diversity?

Do you want to start an impassioned discussion? Get a range of opinions you didn’t even know existed? Mention the word, “Diversity.”   Boom, there it is.   The word that is fraught with contention, loaded with preconception and armed with rampant militancy. It is an ideal that is sought, a concept that is at times avoided, and for most part, profoundly misunderstood. As a nation, we ...

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‘It Doesn’t Matter If Actors Are Male or Female’

Radical? Maybe. Pursuing a modern concept of producing Shakespeare’s plays, artistic director and actor Scott Ellis founded Merely Theatre, which stage gender-blind productions in repertory, which he discusses in a brief interview with The Stage, UK. “I think in a modern society we should be aiming to be as 50:50 as possible. As good feminists, we believe that there should be equal opportunities for male ...

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Audiences Can Fix the Diversity Problem in Hollywood

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Diversity is making headlines in both theatre and film. During an interview with Variety, “Mr. Pig” star Diego Luna offers a different take on the issues of diversity and responsibility, illuminating the widespread controversy as a topic not just generated by productions, casting or voting seasons. “Audiences also play a role in what’s reflected…”

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London’s National Theatre Commits to Gender Equality by 2021

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“Across the Pond” diversity is taking a front and center role as The Stage recently reported that National Theatre, South Bank London director, Rufus Norris, has just committed to ensuring to reach gender parity by 2021 for directors and living writers the venue employs.   The measure is part of a diversity drive at the South Bank theatre. “Gender balance across the whole organisation is massively important”. ...

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How Social Media is Pushing Hollywood to Fix Its Diversity Problem

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If you’ve been wondering what the value is for actively embracing and participating (posting, sharing, tweeting, retweeting, commenting) in social media and social media for the arts, this article from Fast Company should give you an idea about the power of its uses. Co.Create: Stars like Spike Lee, Snoop Dogg, and Jada Pinkett Smith have incited a revolution…and it started with an Instagram post. Impassioned ...

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