This week our strategy team quick hits hone in on diversity for African-Americans in Hollywood and the arts!
“When we are talking about diversity, it’s not a box to check. It is a reality that should be deeply felt and held and valued by us all.” – Ava DuVernay
Film Diversity: An Epidemic of Invisibility
Film Diversity Report says Hollywood rhetoric doesn’t measure up to equaled results. Women of color are still among the most marginalized, which the report calls an epidemic of invisibility. In 2017, 64 of the top 100 films did not include a single Latina character, 65 were missing Asian females, and 43 were devoid of any black female characters. 78 films were without a female character with a disability and 94 absent of an LGBT female. The report calls it an epidemic of invisibility.
Source: NBC News
Giving African-American Artists Their Due
African-American artists have played a critical role in the canon of American art history for years but still remain undervalued despite the bevy of well-known artists like Charles Ethan Porter, Faith Ringgold, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Edmonia Lewis, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kara Walker, Sam Gilliam and others.
A joint study by artnet News and In Other Words of 30 major museums in late 2018 found that since 2008, the acquisition of works by African-American artists hovers around 2.4 percent and these artists are represented in just under 8 percent of exhibitions.
Source: Live Auctioneers
Nation’s Largest Black Film Fest to Open in L.A.
The nation’s largest black film festival kicks off in South L.A. this week as thousands of art, film and music buffs flock to Southern California to celebrate and explore African-American life, history and culture.
From Feb. 7-18, more than 170 films from 40 countries in 26 languages will be screened at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival, all focused on exploring narratives that increase cultural awareness and bridge diverse communities from the African diaspora.
Source: Black Press USA