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Feminisney: When Disney Meets Feminism

Sean Randall | Posted 06.23.2016 | Entertainment
Sean Randall

It is absolutely undeniable that media, even fictional, can shape our perceptions of reality, of ourselves, and of our futures. And if you think that non-heterosexual, non-white, non-male people and their aspirations and equality in society matter, then feminism is incredibly important for media.

'Whitewashing Or Bold Casting?' Asks Terrible Twitter Moment

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 06.09.2016 | Arts

Leonardo DiCaprio has played many memorable roles in his career: reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass, F. Scott Fitz...

A New Generation Of Asian-American Actors Demand Visibility

New York Times | Kelly Chen | Posted 05.25.2016 | Entertainment

When Constance Wu landed the part of Jessica Huang, the Chinese-American matriarch on the ABC sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat,” she didn’t realize ju...

How Generational Categories Whitewash American History

Katherine Ripley | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics
Katherine Ripley

Non-white boomers faced significantly more obstacles on their way to prosperity, and many never reached it. Erasing those circumstances from the typical story of the boomers is another way of bleaching American history.

'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,' Outrage Culture, And The Fight To Save Racism In Hollywood

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 04.21.2016 | Arts

When Season 2 of Tina Fey's critically adored sitcom "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" dropped on Netflix April 15, one aspect was quickly singled out as so...

25 Times White Actors Played People Of Color And No One Really Gave A S**t

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 03.02.2016 | Latino Voices

As if it wasn't enough that Hollywood lacks serious diversity behind and in front of the camera, the industry also has a nasty (not so) little habit o...

'Last Week Tonight' Asks Why Hollywood Whitewashing Is Still A Thing

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 02.24.2016 | Comedy

Need a white actor to play a character that isn't white? No problemo, señor! As "Last Week Tonight" shows us, Hollywood has made whitewashing into an...

Gods and Kings Unseen: Whitewashing Roles in Film and Television

Cierra Lockett | Posted 11.30.2015 | Black Voices
Cierra Lockett

Why is it that we can see B-list white actors, such as Gerard Butler, Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Geoffrey Rush and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Egyptian gods and kings? Better yet, why is it that they can see themselves in those roles? But not A-list black actors such as Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Idris Elba or Kerry Washington?

Rooney Mara 'Felt Really Bad' About 'Pan' Casting

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 10.06.2015 | Entertainment

Rooney Mara came under fire last year when it was revealed the actress had netted the part of Tiger Lily in the "Peter Pan" remake, "Pan." Many immedi...

Stonewall Whitewashes Trans History. Why I'm Seeing It Anyway.

Michael Lambert | Posted 08.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Lambert

Is it really for those of us with queer identities or, like any other Hollywood project, is it targeting the mainstream? I am inclined to believe the latter, and I believe that we should support the movie despite its glaring historical inaccuracies for, once again, the sake of courting the "average American."

#NotMyStonewall: Why I'm Not Giving The Movie "Stonewall" A Chance

Jules Horowitz | Posted 08.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Jules Horowitz

The filmmakers may be scrambling in post-production to try to fix all of the issues people see with the film, but it's unlikely they will manage to fix the most egregious errors.

Hollywood, Don't You Dare Whitewash Stonewall

Ernest Owens | Posted 08.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Ernest Owens

As intersectionality becomes a more discussed realm within our current LGBT movement, we have no time to fantasize a reality in which white cis-dominance erases queer representation of color.

Fade to White: Examining the "Cultural Smudging" Effect On Black Music

EBONY.com | Posted 07.28.2016 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

From blue-eyed soul to straight-up theft, Black music has long been imitated and acculturated by Whites. we take a look at the difference between flattery and misappropriation.

Zeba Blay

Where Is Emma Stone's Apology For Whitewashing?

HuffingtonPost.com | Zeba Blay | Posted 06.04.2015 | Entertainment

"Aloha," the film about a navel-gazing manchild who goes to Hawaii and finds himself, got mostly bad reviews when it debuted in May for its meandering...

ReThink Review -- Exodus: Gods and Kings -- Whitewashing Gets Biblically Bizarre

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.11.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Kim

Usually when a film depicting a story from the Bible is made, the main danger for a studio is angering religious groups who feel that the film is attacking their beliefs or strays too far from accepted (or at least favored) interpretations.

An Open Letter To My Fellow White, Liberal Parents

Rachael Quinn Egan | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Rachael Quinn Egan

If you really want to join that golf club, and feel that it's OK because there is one rich black family there, please work harder. If you chose to send your children to a school which only has one rich black family, one Hispanic child with a scholarship, and three Asian kids, please work harder.

Bible-Inspired Film Sparks Casting Backlash For Whitewashing Characters

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 08.07.2014 | Black Voices

Hollywood has faced a great deal of criticism for its long history of casting white actors to portray minority characters. “Exodus: Gods and King...

'Why A Biracial Actress Should Have Played Katniss'

| Eva Hattie L. Schueler | Posted 03.01.2012 | Teen

This is a teen-written article from The Communicator, the student-run print and online newspaper of Community High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. ...

Demanding Diversity In Publishing

Zetta Elliott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Zetta Elliott

I don't think people of color will "breakthrough" in the publishing arena in significant numbers until publishers are held accountable for the discriminatory practices that marginalize diverse voices.