diversity in hollywood

Iron Fist Actor Explains Why He Deleted Twitter After Diversity Debate

Iron Fist Actor Explains Why He Deleted Twitter After Diversity Debate

When Netflix announced its Iron Fist series, some people (not all) hoped that the series would cast an Asian actor as Danny Rand. But what they got instead included the series’ creators sticking to
Aaron Sorkin, One of the Most Powerful Men in Hollywood, Shocked to Learn About Its Diversity Problem

Aaron Sorkin, One of the Most Powerful Men in Hollywood, Shocked to Learn About Its Diversity Problem

Much the way white America was flabbergasted when it found out about police brutality by seeing the Eric Garner video, or how it clutched its pearls a couple of months ago upon discovering that there
Viacom Named a Former Fox Studio Head to Run Paramount

Viacom Named a Former Fox Studio Head to Run Paramount

Paramount was at the center of a power struggle.
Viacom Named a Former Fox Studio Head to Run Paramount

Viacom Named a Former Fox Studio Head to Run Paramount

Paramount was at the center of a power struggle.
Counterpoint: Oh, C’mon! Spider-Man: Homecoming (and Its Diversity) Were Just Great, Jason

Counterpoint: Oh, C’mon! Spider-Man: Homecoming (and Its Diversity) Were Just Great, Jason

Jason Johnson, our political editor at The Root and an in-real-life close and personal friend of mine, wrote this last Friday about the new Spider-Man movie: Read more...
Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Remake Is Facing Backlash for Casting a Non-Arab Actress as Jasmine

Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Remake Is Facing Backlash for Casting a Non-Arab Actress as Jasmine

Some critics see it as proof that Hollywood believes 'brown people are interchangeable.'
A (Too) Short List of All the Black Golden Globe Nominees to Root For

A (Too) Short List of All the Black Golden Globe Nominees to Root For

Welcome to my Caucasian home, said the Golden Globes this morning, before flooding us with the sort of nominations list that would have you convinced it was still snowing—all over your computer
Jessica Chastain’s response to “The Envelope’s” all-white cover is not enough

Jessica Chastain’s response to “The Envelope’s” all-white cover is not enough

While many of us were busy binging on Netflix, family, and cookies over the holiday weekend, a super important conversation took place…
Viola Davis Says Pay Her Like You Pay White Women

Viola Davis Says Pay Her Like You Pay White Women

Viola Davis is sick of Hollywood’s shit. Read more...
Aubrey Plaza rightfully called out the Oscars for its lack of Latina nominees

Aubrey Plaza rightfully called out the Oscars for its lack of Latina nominees

The 2018 Oscars aren’t *quite* as white as they’ve been in recent years. This year’s Oscar nominees were notable for recognizing actors,…
Ava DuVernay Says Not So Fast on the Gold Star, Hollywood: ‘We Sit on Top of a Broken System’

Ava DuVernay Says Not So Fast on the Gold Star, Hollywood: ‘We Sit on Top of a Broken System’

Ava DuVernay is super clear about how Hollywood is still a white man’s game. Although she is set to release a $100 million-budget film, A Wrinkle in Time, and Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther has been
So ... Will Hollywood Finally Learn This Lesson, or Nah?

So ... Will Hollywood Finally Learn This Lesson, or Nah?

When writer-director Jordan Peele won his Best Original Screenplay Oscar for 2017’s biggest hit, Get Out, I cheered. When cast members of 2018’s biggest hit so far, Marvel’s Black Panther, walked the
For the 3rd Straight Season, Queen Sugar Boasts All-Female Directing Team

For the 3rd Straight Season, Queen Sugar Boasts All-Female Directing Team

The critically acclaimed drama from Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey, Queen Sugar, returns to OWN in May, and once again, DuVernay has assembled an all-female directing team to tell the story of the
This chance encounter between Donald Glover and a young comedian is giving Twitter all the feels

This chance encounter between Donald Glover and a young comedian is giving Twitter all the feels

We all know that representation matters. These days, conversations about diversity are everywhere, and we’re *beyond* here for it. Between Ryan Coogler’s…
Michael B. Jordan Explains Why He Sought Roles Written for White Men

Michael B. Jordan Explains Why He Sought Roles Written for White Men

As his career shows, Michael B. Jordan has not been one to shy away from complex portrayals of black people. The actor, whose first major break was as Wallace on The Wire, has played Oscar Grant, a
Ready for Their Closeup: What Crazy Rich Asians Means to the People Who Made It

Ready for Their Closeup: What Crazy Rich Asians Means to the People Who Made It

Director Jon M. Chu thought he was done with crying over Crazy Rich Asians.Read more...

Warner Bros. first entertainment company to implement this drastic diversity initiative

Warner Bros. announced its commitment to a large-scale diversity initiative across all its sister companies Wednesday, building on the relatively new idea of an “inclusion…
Michael B. Jordan Takes the Lead in New Warner Bros. Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

Michael B. Jordan Takes the Lead in New Warner Bros. Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

The last two years have shown Hollywood that diversity in front of and behind the camera pays major dividends, both in quality and box office receipts. No surprise, then, when Warner Bros. launched a
There Are Plenty of Black Women TV Writers, Hollywood. Y'all Just Don't Want to See It

There Are Plenty of Black Women TV Writers, Hollywood. Y'all Just Don't Want to See It

It was 2017, and I was sitting in a packed theater in Salt Lake City, Utah watching horror-themed short films directed by women for Sundance’s midnight showcase. After the films faded to black and the