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A Hollywood Without Immigrants: A Diversity Check on the 2008–17 Academy Awards, in Data

By Li Lai Mediaversity Reviews (Originally posted on Medium) In the last two years, #OscarsSoWhite has dominated the discussion of inclusivity within the Academy Awards. Consequently, efforts to diversify membership are underway—in particular, through Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ A2020 initiative which seeks to double the diversity of the membership list by the end of …

“Real NDNZ Re-Take Hollywood” challenges Hollywood’s Native American stereotyping

Hollywood’s still growing in its discussions about diversity in entertainment, and one area the industry is lacking is multifaceted, unique, and contemporary portrayals of Native Americans. Indigenous multimedia documentarian Pamela Peters is aiming to push the conversation into overdrive with her photography exhibit, “Real NDNZ Re-Take Hollywood.” The exhibit, which ran this August at These …

Being Asian in Hollywood: Actors, directors, and creators talk representation

Representation in Hollywood is an issue by itself, but Asian representation in Hollywood is near non-existent. With the state of Hollywood being that black equates to “diversity” (despite there being more types of diversity out there than just being black) and Asian characters are still overrun with stereotypes or whitewashing, Asian actors and actresses have …