Racism! Sexism! Ageism! Ethno-male-white-euro-centrism. These are all very important topics when it comes to diversity and inclusion. The serious nature of these discussions is paramount to an equal society that represents and treats all people fairly. Anyone see who's missing from this list?
The debate over the Oscars, and the overarching debate over diversity in Hollywood, is vital, not just because it will give more black actors and actresses a trophy to hold or a film to promote, but because it will give less black parents a funeral to plan.
I've watched 22 SAG nominated films this month, and I've come to the conclusion that instead of casting women in most studio releases, they should use life sized cardboard cutouts instead of real women.
Okay, so the movie industry has found yet another way to increase revenue. What's so bad about that?
I challenge Iñárritu and every established Latino filmmaker to produce more films with complex Latina or Latino leads and supporting roles. Let's be the change we want to see, especially if you are in a high position to do so.
The discussion of diversity in Hollywood, or the lack thereof has been at a fever pitch since the nominations for the Oscar awards were released. ...
So here's the deal, the "Oscars," are not the problem. They are the end result of the real problem. A problem that begins at the talent agencies, movi...
The answer is pretty clear and it's also pretty simple: Academy Award nominations, as well as the ultimate awarding of the Oscars themselves, should be allotted on a pro rata quota system to reflect the diversity of America and the world at large.
As an ethicist and avid filmgoer, I cannot help but think that, regardless of skin color, all people have a responsibility to boycott the Oscars.
My greatest satisfaction as an activist lies in the changed expectations of today's children, made possible by countless thousands of us who came before them.
Changing the Academy Awards nomination process is like adding a new coat of paint to a house with termites nibbling at the foundation. It looks pretty on the outside, but you're not addressing the crumbling infrastructure.
Films like Straight Out of Compton, 12 Years a Slave, Selma, Milk, Letters from Iwo Jima are important stories to tell and do fantastic jobs of highlighting minorities. Yet these films that focus on minorities have a tendency to ghettoize and stereotype diverse actors.
I've been booking comedians for the past 35 years and I have always had the same requirement: They need to be funny. Gender, skin pigment, sexual o...
Hollywood doesn't just disregard black people, Hollywood disregards difference.
During the Blizzard of 2016, my better half and I had plenty of hours to watch, debate, discuss and bicker about movies. We cast our own in-house vot...
While popular culture and social media rightly discusses and debates the absence of black nominations for the 2016 Oscars, another, largely invisible, subaltern people are routinely disparaged by the motion picture industry and exploited worldwide: Asian Americans.