Actresses Lament Being Typecast in Pretty Stellar 'Royals' Parody

Tess Paras is an Asian-American actress who is tired of being cast as a white lady's nerdy or sexy sidekick. She also happens to have a little bit of musical talent kicking around. And, you know, since Royals is such a fun song to parody on account of the fact that it's got all kinds of lyrics, she and two of her… » 3/26/14 5:25pm 3/26/14 5:25pm

SNL's OTHER Secret Audition for Women of Color Was in NYC

On Wednesday, the internet was atwitter over now-confirmed rumors that SNL, on the hunt for a black female cast member, held a "secret" audition in Los Angeles last week. But what you might not know is that, according to a tipster, there was one held here in NYC, too, the night before. We have the list of who was at that … » 12/13/13 6:40pm 12/13/13 6:40pm

Laugh So You Don't Cry at This New Web Series on Hollywood Racism

Amani Starnes is a working actress who happens to be racially ambiguous. Hollywood is basically the Baskin-Robbins of racism (so! many! flavors!). Mix the two well and you get a forehead slapping concoction that would be hilarious if it weren't tragically true. You get the new web series "The United Colors of Amani." » 9/20/13 6:30pm 9/20/13 6:30pm

Our Favorite #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen Tweets [Updated]

Yesterday, the hashtag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen trended globally on Twitter. But what's THAT mean? Media outlets that produce content specifically for women (and feminist media sources AHEM) have a terrible record of excluding women of color in the conversation, or refusing to address glaring problems with how women… » 8/13/13 6:00pm 8/13/13 6:00pm

Mindy Kaling Only Makes Out With White Guys on The Mindy Project

As the season finale of The Mindy Project airs tonight, it's also been announced that show has been renewed for a second season, which is great: While sometimes uneven and unsure of its purpose — Is it a workplace comedy? A medical sitcom? A show about a single woman? An ensemble show? — the jokes are quick, sharp and… » 5/14/13 4:15pm 5/14/13 4:15pm

Voter ID Laws Are Actually a Sneaky Way to Silence Women of Color

Any connoisseur of 80's and 90's era kids' sports comedies knows that when the bad guys can't win, they cheat. Cobra Kai tried it, the Urbania Cowboys tried it, and everyone The Mighty Ducks ever played tried it. Now that an increasingly nonwhite population trend has threatened the electoral clout of white people,… » 10/25/12 1:50pm 10/25/12 1:50pm

NBC's New Head Drama Exec Is a Black Woman

Congrats are in order: NBC has just named Pearlena Igbokwe as the Executive Vice President of Drama Programming. You might think that it's rare to find a woman of color working as a TV exec, but Igbokwe is not alone: There is a bit of diversity to be found at the major networks. » 7/11/12 10:00am 7/11/12 10:00am

An Oasis of Racially Diverse Television Is Right Under Our Noses

Lack of diversity on HBO's Girls, the surprise success of Scandal and racist rants over the casting of The Hunger Games share a pervasive theme that runs among these and many other conversations: The limited exposure and roles for actresses of color and more specifically, the belief that audiences won't identify (read: … » 5/30/12 7:00pm 5/30/12 7:00pm