Aziz Ansari’s Netflix series Master of None managed to pull off what Hollywood considers a miraculous task: a successful show featuring a cast and crew that reflects the real world. Aziz used his Peabody Awards speech on Saturday to take a few shots at the establishment on the issue of diversity.
During an Emmy panel hosted by Deadline, Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez and showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman discussed what will happen once Jane Villanueva finally tosses out that crumpled white flower that Abuela Alba gave her and gets down and dirty with one of her many suitors.
On Thursday afternoon, President Barack Obama visited the University of Chicago Law School to continue to exhort congressional Republicans to reconsider their Supreme Court obstructionism.
In a most unusual role reversal, Hamilton could be in trouble over a casting call that seeks “non-white” actors and appears to violate human rights law.
A new study finds that people love to hear about workplace diversity—just as long as it’s not coming from minorities or women. In fact, if you’re not a white male, you’re more likely to be punished for speaking up.
During a panel at South by Southwest, Alec Berg—a producer on HBO’s Silicon Valley—defended his show’s oft-criticized lack of diversity by pointing out how the tech world that they’re satirizing is indeed very white and male. (Note: It’s not the first time they’ve used this line of defense.)
Gods of Egypt, a movie starring a bunch of white actors as Egyptians, is likely to be a box office flop this weekend, according to estimates.
When, in January, we learned that the Oscars nominees for leading and supporting acting categories were all white for a second year in a row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences knew it needed a robust response — and on the double. But some of the promised reforms are not yet in compliance with the …
Finally, we have a black woman running a major network. Channing Dungey has been promoted to replace Paul Lee as head of ABC entertainment, making her the first black person in such a position.
The D-word became a topic of debate on Thursday at the Berlin International Film Festival, where jury president Meryl Streep commented on the seven-member jury panel being all white.
It came as little surprise that Samantha Bee’s new show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, has one of the most diverse writers rooms in television. A recent New York profile of Bee revealed that she and showrunner Jo Miller cast a wider hiring net for the specific purpose of finding diverse talent; the result is a…
No need to spend one more moment of your time wondering when the Coen brothers will offer their invaluable insight into the #OscarsSoWhite discussion.
As the Oscars D-word debate rages, Hollywood’s biggest stars are being forced to be enlightening. The latest takes come from Helen Mirren, who says this year’s Academy nominations “just so happened to be that way,” and Ethan Hawke, who supports an Oscars boycott.
Speaking at the Makers Conference earlier today, Halle Berry said that she was “heartbroken” over the continued lack of inclusion and diversity in Hollywood films. Berry, who made history in 2002 when she became the first woman of color to win an Oscar for a leading role, called Hollywood’s sameness the “elephant in…
The National Association of African-American Owned Media and Byron Allen, the comedian and CEO of Entertainment Studios, are suing both the FCC and Charter Communications for $10 billion, citing its “Jim Crow policies” of “racial discrimination in contracting for television channel carriage,” reports Deadline. This is…
The #OscarsSoWhite debate has made its way to the White House and, to no surprise, President Barack Obama thinks Hollywood could stand to be a tad more diverse.
Hollywood has just learned a new word: diversity! The movie business has always been massively white, but only recently, in the wake of the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, has the Academy perked up and outlined plans for widespread changes designed to equalize its membership and voting process.
Following the Hollywood diversity conversation could, at this point, be a full-time job. For Paris Barclay, the head of the Directors Guild of America, it already kind of is—and he’s really tired of the lack of action.