Can Hollywood’s Diversity Problem Be Solved?

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This week the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences appointed three new governors: Reginald Hudlin, Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Gregory Nava. It was their first tangible action in reaction to the furor over the #oscarssowhite campaign. But anger over racism in Hollywood continues to flare up. Twenty-five Asian-American directors and actors sent a letter this week to the Academy, protesting Chris Rock’s Asian jokes at the Oscars last month.Of course, the problem of racism in Hollywood is much bigger than the Oscars. A USC study last month found, once again, that Asian, black, Latino, female and LGBT people are underrepresented in front and behind the camera in films and TV. So, with all this attention are things getting better? Will they get better?

Credits

Guests:
Phil Chung - Writer and Playwright, Tracy Byrd - Casting Director - @Twinkie_Byrd, John Ridley - Screenwriter, Director and Novelist; "Let It Fall"

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Jolie Myers, Christian Bordal, Laura Swisher