Did you watch the Oscars this year? There was a lot of conversations on the lack of diversity among this year's nominees because for two years in a row, not one actor/actress of color was nominated. Many actors/actresses of color spoke up about this, and essentially pointed out the fact that there are not the same opportunities in the industry for them.
"It’s not so much about the Oscars; that’s aiming small.
Diversity isn’t a hashtag in my life. It is my life. And it’s something that
I know people of color talk about all the time. It’s not just a hot topic.”
- Viola Davis (from here)
It was disappointing to see how white the Oscars was, but sadly it wasn't a surprise at all. Whiteness has always been a dominating trend in the film industry; it is not sudden news that people of color are rarely represented truthfully on screen nor are they offered the same opportunities to be great and successful while staying true to who they are. But I think there's power in us audiences in changing this trend and raising awareness is a great first step. All this being said, I recently came across What It's Really Like to Work in Hollywood If You're Not a Straight White Man on New York Times and felt like it's completely worth reading and sharing some of the ones that stood out to me here...