It is very clear that the entertainment industry has an issue with race and racial representation across genres. Actors Kerry Washington (Scandal) and Aziz Ansari (Master of None) sat down for the fourth season of PBS SoCal’s and Variety’s Actors on Actors team to discuss how the lack of diversity of voices, writers, and talent in the television and film industries affects their careers.
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I think I want to offer a formal congratulation to everyone who won and was nominated for an NAACP Image Awards. It is super important that African Americans are honored for the work they do on and off the screen, and I am happy that there is at least one day where an award show is quality enough to be for us, by us. With that said, I have mixed feelings about the award show.
For the second year in a row, the annual Oscars ceremony will be unmistakably…white.
The Academy Award nominations were announced early Thursday morning. Snubs, no doubt, are expected. Upsets happen. But in the midst of growing criticism for Hollywood’s lack of diversity, it’s hard not seeing this year’s nominations as egregious erasure.
Lupita Nyong’o is set to star in “The Queen of Katwe,” a film that is inspired by a 2011 ESPN article and book by Tim Crothers.
The film is based off of the story of the Ugandan chess prodigy, Phiona Mutsia. Mira Nair will direct the film. In addition to Nyong’o who plays the role of Mustia’s mother, the film will also star the newcomer and Kenyan actress Madina Nalwanga as Mutsia and David Oyelowo as Robert Katende, Mutsia’s coach. This film is a monumental for Hollywood and the women of color who are involved in the industry.
Who doesn’t love Jennifer Lawrence? She’s the modern-day Joan of Arc who calls out Hollywood and its sexist pay structures while still headlining some of the biggest films of the year. Well, Chris Rock, like many people of color doesn’t believe Lawrence is the great light for equality. Rather, he suggests that her focus on pay differences for women misses how race also plays a factor.
Yesterday was a huge night for Viola Davis. Her show “How to Get Away With Murder,” created by Thursday night dominator Shonda Rhimes, premiered and it was pretty much a huge hit.
But a tweet during the show’s premiere has offended many. Instead of praising Viola, or just commenting about the show in general, People Magazine took to its Twitter account to “mammify” Davis.
If you’ve been keeping up with Nicki Minaj, then you’ll notice the rapper has dropped her colorful and oddball style for a more natural and sophisticated look.
Why? Because she’s more comfortable in her skin.
In response to criticism that he white-washed his film Exodus, director Ridley Scott talked about why he chose all white actors for his film.
Christian Bale was tapped to play the lead role of Moses, and the rest of the cast is as white as they come despite the movie being based in Africa.
Well it’s finally happening–almost.
Community star Donald Glover expressed interest in playing the lead role in The Amazing Spiderman in 2010.
His fans took his request pretty seriously, and launched a social media campaign complete with a #donald4spiderman hashtag to make this a reality.
The role ultimately went to Andrew Garfield, but now, Glover is finally getting his chance to play the character.