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Latest Diversity News


Women’s Media Summit Calls For Boycott Of Movies That Snub Female Filmmakers

The Women's Media Summit, a group of more than 100 leaders from various industries, has issued a white paper outlining a plan of action for "eliminating gender inequity in U.S. entertainment media." One of its strategies is to “boycott films that score poorly on gender equity." "Women hold only 3% of above-the-line and greenlighting positions in the media industry and are vastly underrepresented as protagonists and lead characters in film and television," according to the… Read


GLAAD Boosting Hollywood Presence With Expansion And New Hires

GLAAD Megan Townsend Anthony Ramos Jeremy Blacklow

EXCLUSIVE: GLAAD is ramping up its efforts to advocate for diversity in Hollywood and the media with a pair of hires and a promotion in the organization’s Entertainment Advocacy Team, which works with TV networks, movie studios and talent. Journalist Jeremy Blacklow joins as Director of Entertainment Media, Access Hollywood producer Anthony Ramos has been hired as Director of Talent Engagement, and Megan Townsend has been promoted to Director of Entertainment Research… Read


‘Suicide Squad’s Adam Beach On Why Casting Of Others For Native American Roles Is So Hurtful

Adam Beach

Editors’ Note: The casting of non-Native Americans to play Native American characters has its roots in the earliest days of cinema. Though rarer today, it is not unheard of. Adam Beach, who made his breakthrough opposite Nicolas Cage starred in John Woo’s Windtalkers, was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, and more recently was part of the Suicide Squad ensemble, argues in this open letter to the industry that to play the role of a… Read


NBCUniversal Short Film Fest Names Finalists, Celebrity Ambassadors

NBCUniversal’s 12th annual Short Film Festival celebrating diversity in storytelling has named America Ferrera, Mariska Hargitay, Chrissy Metz and Lena Waithe as its first ambassadors. They’ll serve as advocates for the festival and join the judging panel determining award winners. Others on the judging panel include NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke, Universal Television President Pearlena Igbokwe, Debra Martin Chase, Sakina Jaffrey, Allen Maldonado, Victor… Read


Summer Studio Movies Of 2017 Fail Vito Russo Test Of LGBTQ Representation

There’s the Bechdel Test and then there’s the Vito Russo Test. Where the Bechdel Test evaluates the portrayal of women in film, the Vito Russo Test examines the representation of the LGBTQ community in movies. The test was applied to the movies from this year’s summer box office season and the results did not indicate a pass with flying colors. In fact, they barely left the ground. Named after the GLAAD co-founder, film historian and author of The Celluloid Closet, the… Read

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Famed Experimentalists The Wooster Group Will Open ‘The B-Side: Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons’

EXCLUSIVE: The Wooster Group, one of New York’s most long-lived experimental theater companies and stage home of Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man), Kate Valk (The Manchurian Candidate) and the late Spalding Gray (Swimming To Cambodia), will unveil its latest multi-media excursion into American culture next month with The B-Side: "Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons" at its storied Soho theater, the Performing Garage. The show will begin performances October 25 and run through… Read


Actors With Disabilities Find Little Work In TV, But CBS & Fox Lead Way In Hiring And Auditioning: Study

A new report finds that while about 20% of Americans have a disability, only 1.7% of all the characters portrayed on TV last season were visibly disabled. The report, from the Ruderman Family Foundation, which advocates for the inclusion of people with disabilities in society, also found that "an astonishing 95% of characters with disabilities on TV are played by non-disabled actors." This, the report concludes, "demonstrates the drastic need for a more accurate… Read


Asian Americans On TV: Study Finds Continued Underrepresentation Despite New Wave Of AAPI-Led Shows

When Master Of None and Fresh Off The Boat premiered, it seemed as though there was a renaissance when it came to the representation of Asian American and Pacific Islanders on television. And even though Ken Jeong’s multi-cam ABC comedy Dr. Ken was canceled after two seasons, it was also a landmark for the AAPI community in entertainment. Although these projects were a win when it comes to what seems to be a never-ending campaign for diversity and inclusion in Hollywood… Read


WGA West Election: “Rooney Rule” Proposed As Diversity Takes Center Stage

Candidates in the ongoing WGA West election are vowing to do more to increase diversity in Hollywood's writers rooms. In his re-election bid, WGA West secretary-treasurer Aaron Mendelsohn is calling on Hollywood to adopt the NFL’s so-called "Rooney Rule," which requires teams to interview minority candidates for all head coaching and senior football operation jobs. "It should be mandatory that at least one female writer and one writer of color be interviewed for open… Read


Donald Trump’s Diversity Council Member Quits On-Air After DACA Announcement


President Donald Trump, sensing TV coverage of this morning’s news ending DACA would be brutal, left it to his Attorney General Jeff Sessions to deliver the news. Shortly after Sessions’ announcement, Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, announced on the air that he’s quitting President Trump’s Diversity Council because of this morning’s development. Asked by Carol Costello on HLN if he would resign from the council, Palomarez shot… Read


Spectacular ‘Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812’ Crashes In Wake Of Casting Contretemps

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, a musical whose history is nearly as complicated as the Russian novel that inspired it, will close after the matinée performance on September 3rd at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre. It will have played 32 previews and 336 regular performances. The announcement from Matt Ross, a spokesman for the $12 million show, concludes one of the most fiercely divisive episodes in recent Broadway history, in which issues of color-conscious… Read


Laverne Cox Says “Our Lives Are On The Line” In Regards To Authentic Transgender Representation On TV – TCA

As part of GLAAD’s “Future of LGBTQ Inclusion on TV” program at TCA, Nick Adams, GLAAD’s Director of Transgender Media & Representation, introduced a panel titled “Transgender Trends on TV Today,” which, as the title entails, focused on the representation of the transgender community in media. He was joined on the stage by Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black), Alexandra Billings (Transparent, How To Get Away With Murder), Shadi Petosky (creator of Danger & Eggs), Rhys Ern… Read