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Diversity at the Academy Awards: Why It Matters

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 03.18.2015 | Entertainment
Jimmy Nguyen

No matter who wins on Oscar night, the 2015 Academy Awards will be remembered for the stunning lack of diversity in its nominees that spawned the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.

Hollywood, You're Halfway There With Trans Representation

Raquel Willis | Posted 03.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Raquel Willis

The same mindset that marks trans people as unfit to share and depict their own stories comes from the same place as the invalidation that causes us to experience discrimination and self-loathing on so many other levels. Seeing your true self in media is important and can save lives.

Why Representation Matters: A Thank You Letter to Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino

Luis Ruuska | Posted 02.25.2015 | Entertainment
Luis Ruuska

I will show my children Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, not only because they are fantastic stories and shows, but because they will hopefully see themselves in one way or another in either show.

Raúl De Molina Explains Why 'Latinos Are Going To The Spanish Networks'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.08.2014 | Latino Voices

Raúl De Molina isn’t satisfied with the state of Latino representation on television. In an interview with HuffPost Live, the Emmy Award-winnin...

Ryan Grim

Something New Is Happening In Cable News | Ryan Grim | Posted 08.14.2014 | Media

WASHINGTON -- Channel surfers who stopped on MSNBC on July 11 in the 6 p.m. hour would have stumbled on something new in the world of cable news. At f...

10 Things White Privilege Has Done for Me in 10 Days

Olivia Cole | Posted 10.07.2014 | Black Voices
Olivia Cole

I have been actively monitoring my daily life and watching the ways in which that privilege has benefited me when it comes to the blogging and writing that I do. So here it is, 10 ways in 10 days.

Media Money and Power in a Post-Post-Racial Age

Farai Chideya | Posted 10.01.2014 | Media
Farai Chideya

I personally would like to see a truly integrated media, with diversity threaded throughout big and small companies, legacy news organizations and startups. Media entrepreneurs need to understand why integrated media is not "feel-good" but essential in an America rapidly becoming majority-Latino and non-white.

The Evening News Is About To Be All White Guys Again

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 06.25.2014 | Media

After Diane Sawyer steps down from her role as the anchor of ABC's "World News" in September, the big three evening news broadcasts will once again be...

The Liberal Media Problem No One Talks About | Posted 05.12.2014 | Media

If left-leaning publications value diversity, why don't they have any? ...

Diversity in Media: Internships

Cierra Lockett | Posted 06.25.2014 | Black Voices
Cierra Lockett

There are many programs that offer great opportunities for diverse college students to succeed in media, and they have fostered meaningful learning experiences for young professionals for years now.

Why Aren't There More Asians on Television? | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY NGUYEN (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 06.06.2014 | Media
Jimmy Nguyen

In this interview, I speak with actress/writer and media diversity advocate Erin Quill about why so few Asian actors appear on American television series.

The Color of Money: Inclusive Casting Proves Profitable

Mellini Kantayya | Posted 05.10.2014 | Media
Mellini Kantayya

Episodic television is a big employer of actors like me because they're in constant need of doctors, victims, cops, and witnesses.

Hernan Lopez on Spanish Language TV and FOX International Channels | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 05.05.2014 | Media
Jimmy Nguyen

Hernan Lopez, President & CEO of FOX International Channels, speaks with me about the continued rise of Spanish language television and the worldwid...

ARGH: Sunday Shows Never Change, Do They?

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 01.30.2014 | Media

Sigh. There is another Media Matters study of Sunday show diversity out, and, just like all other studies of Sunday morning shows, this one—which...

'Too Much Estrogen': The Golden Globes, Chris Christie and Men Who Don't Want to Share Culture

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 01.13.2014 | Media
Soraya Chemaly

These are just this weekend's examples of men having a hard time-sharing culture. Sounds an awful lot like my 3-year-old brother, who used to chant, "Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!!!"

Speak Up With Jimmy: SAG Awards Voter Erin Quill On Why Hollywood Awards Need More Diversity (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 03.12.2014 | Entertainment
Jimmy Nguyen

In this very candid interview, Erin talks with me about the need for more racial diversity in entertainment awards nominations and winners, why film and television casting should reflect the American scene and how people can speak up to improve diversity in media.

SHOCKER: You Can Have A Show That's Not All White Guys!

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 12.11.2013 | Media

Yet again, a report on the Sunday talk shows finds that they're dominated by white male guests (for instance, fully 75 percent of the people interview...

The Most Diverse Evening News Show

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 11.07.2013 | Media

"PBS NewsHour" is making all kinds of waves these days--first, with the announcement that Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff are going to be the show's mai...

#BraveGirlsWant to End Stereotypes, But What They NEED Is YOU

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Soraya Chemaly

The past few years have seen a massive groundswell in activism focused on challenging stereotypes and addressing media inequities. The newest venture is the Brave Girls Alliance. The Alliance is determined to raise awareness of both issues and encourage people to use the power of their voices and pocketbooks.

A Magazine You'll Actually Want To Read

Posted 07.17.2013 | Women

While mainstream women's magazines produce some great (and important) features, we're really over many of the things they keep pushing on us. (FYI, ou...

U.S. Minority Media Not Affected By Cross-Ownership, Study Finds

Reuters | Posted 07.30.2013 | Black Voices

(Adds public interest reaction, total stations invited to participate) By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) - ...

Cable News Is Just As White And Male As The Rest Of The Media

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 07.13.2013 | Media

Why are we not surprised? On Monday, Media Matters released a study which showed that, just like Sunday talk shows, and newspapers, and basically a...

Guess What? White Men Still Dominate Sunday Talk

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 06.05.2013 | Media

Despite study after study, it seems that the Sunday talk shows remain stubbornly dominated by white men--with two notable exceptions. The lack of r...

Why Is Cable News So White?

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 05.21.2013 | Media

Several commentators have recently noticed that, for all of the turnover in cable news these days, one thing is constant: the faces being shuffled aro...

Great Hacker Dads Make Female Video Game Heroes

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.11.2013 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

Most video games, like movies and other popular media, either entirely ignore female protagonists or marginalize, sexualize and objectify them. Boys and girls learn that as they grow older, females are invisible, distressed or simply accessories.