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09/21/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Wanna See Diversity On TV? Look To Kids Channels

LOS ANGELES -- The red-carpet area at the premiere of the Disney Channel's new Cheetah Girls movie last week looked less like the typical Hollywood cast party than some sort of United Nations session.

Adrienne Bailon, who plays Chanel in the trio of Cheetah Girls, drew on her Ecuadorean and Puerto Rican roots and chatted in Spanish with a television interviewer. Meanwhile Kiely Williams, an African-American actress who plays Aqua, and Sabrina Bryan, who plays Dorinda and whose real name is Reba Sabrina Hinojos, answered questions and waved to fans.

Deepti Daryanani, an actress from Calcutta, and Rupak Ginn, an American actor whose parents emigrated from India, wore outfits inspired by their roles in the television movie, "The Cheetah Girls One World," in which the group travels to India to star in a film after one of its members misunderstands an invitation to Bollywood as one to Hollywood.

Other Disney stars in attendance included Brenda Song, the daughter of a Laotian Hmong immigrant father and a Thai-American mother, who starred in the Disney Channel movie "Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior"; Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, a daughter of Filipino and Spanish parents, and her "Camp Rock" co-star Roshon Fegan, who is part Filipino; and Shanica Knowles, an African-American actress who plays a high school rival of Miley Cyrus's character on "Hannah Montana."

"This group of people is reflective of the life we all live right now," said Debra Martin Chase, an executive producer of "The Cheetah Girls One World," which will be shown Friday on the Disney Channel.

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