Women And People Of Color Are Dominating The Small Screen
America is truly a melting pot of diverse cultures and now we’re finally seeing that representation in our music, television, and film. Entertainment Weekly recently compiled a list of the most influential storytellers on the small-screen and we’re excited to say that the list is dominated by women and people of color!
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator of BBC’s hit show Killing Eve. Waller-Bridge is currently nominated for four Emmy awards, one for Killing Eve and three for Amazon Prime Video’s hit show Fleabag.
Steven Canals, co-creator of FX’s Emmy nominated show Pose. With Pose, Steven created a show that boasts one of Hollywood’s largest LGBTQ+ casts on television.
Lena Waithe, creator of Showtime’s The Chi and Executive Producer of Boomerang on BET. After a breakout role on Netflix’s Master Of None, Lena has not only gone on to create for TV but is also the writer and producer on the highly anticipated feature film Queen & Slim.
Lilly Singh, self-made woman who rose from the YouTube influencer ranks to landing major roles in feature films such as Bad Moms and replacing Carson Daly on NBC with her forthcoming show A Little Late with Lilly Singh.
Ava DuVernay, creator of Array and Emmy award winning director and producer of Selma, A Wrinkle In Time, 13th, Queen Sugar, and When They See Us. Ava has quickly become the gold standard in Hollywood.
Desus & Mero, hosts of their eponymous late night talk show on Showtime. The Bodega Boys leveraged their amazing chemistry and social media following to various on-air gigs with MTV and their own show on Viceland before joining Showtime. Their brand is strong!
Robin Thede, head writer of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, The Rundown with Robin Thede, and writer and producer of A Black Lady Sketch Show. Robin has lent her pen around Hollywood for 12 years now as she got her start as a writer for the BET Awards. She was able to pull herself up through the ranks to become the first Black woman head writer for a late-night series to landing her own shows.
Jada Pinkett-Smith, acting, writing, and producing extraordinaire. After being one of the leading ladies of color in front of the camera since her breakout role in 1991’s hit show A Different World, Jada has gone on to become an accomplished writer, producer, and overall entertainer. Her latest show, Red Table Talk, has taken the talk show world by storm and breathed new life into the talk show space. As a Facebook Watch exclusive, Red Table Talk is by far the platform’s most successful show to date.
Audiences are craving more and more diverse content and the numbers prove it. Representation matters!