Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with Dr. Darnell Hunt, who is Dean of the Division of Social Sciences at UCLA, and professor of sociology and African American Studies at UCLA. He is the author with Dr. Ana-Christina Ramón of the 2021 Hollywood Diversity Report, subtitled “Pandemic in Progress.”
The new Hollywood Diversity report is just out, Part 2 of a two-part series on how race and gender are represented on our screens. Earlier this year, Part 1 focusing on film was released and now, the second report in the series, focusing on television is out.
Among the bright spots in the report is how increasingly diverse writers rooms are resulting in shows with higher ratings, suggesting an on-going hunger for multicultural casts and storylines. However, the report also demonstrates just how underrepresented Latinos and Native American remain in the television landscape.
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