Creative Close-Up: Ethnic Diversity in Entertainment

8. 27. 18

Two major films have dominated the box office. Black Panther, which became a massive hit, grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide, breaking numerous box office records including the highest-grossing film by a black director and may I add was the second highest grossing film of 2018 behind Avengers: Infinity War. Then just recently, Crazy Rich Asians top the box office, which grossed $83 million worldwide.

I’ve touched on this subject before a few years ago. Remember the Oscars? #OscarsSoWhite? Now that’s beginning to change. That’s great, but there is so much more to do. I’m not going to talk long about it. I’m just touching base because with the slow rise of ethnic diversity.

With success of Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians, I’m at least taking notice, well Hollywood is beginning to take notice. In this…well I should say racial climate, people are beginning to open up to seeing something different on the big screen. An African-American superhero, not only on the big screen, but small with DC’s Black Lightning, and an Asian female lead in a romantic comedy. That makes me smile big, very big. People are starting to look beyond what we can see in film and television.

Directors, producers, executive producers, writers of ethnic diversity are working behind the scenes to bring great and thoughtful stories. According to a report from UCLA Hollywood-Diversity Report 2018, diversity sells when it comes to industry produced films and television shows.” There have been missed opportunities when it comes to creating, writing, and setting a project for screen or television, but it comes with the territory I suppose.

Hopefully, things will change in the next few years where we begin to see growth in both film and television.

You can read the UCLA Hollywood-Diversity Report 2018 here.


Image source: Venngage


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