Ethnic Communities and Their Representation in Entertainment

"Is Hollywood a place for inclusion or invisibility?" Is the question that addresses the first comprehensive report by Professor Stacy Smith of the University of Southern California (USC) on diversity in entertainment.

The Woman Post | Carolina Rodríguez Monclou

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The study looked at the on-screen and behind-the-scenes portrayal of minorities and gender at movie, television and digital premieres from 10 major companies.

The author told Annenberg Media, "more than twenty percent of all the stories we evaluated did not feature a black or African-American speaking character and more than fifty percent did not feature an Asian or Asian-American speaking character."

According to the expert, of 11,306 speaking characters, only a third were girls and women, and only 229 were from the LGTB community. The study concluded that white heterosexual men predominate in the industry.

The study suggests that the hashtag #OscarSoWhite should be changed to #HollywoodSoWhite.

Professor Smith believes that the participation of student researchers will encourage them to be more inclusive in hiring practices once they enter the workplace. This research raises awareness about demographic differences and how many gender and race minorities are seen on screen.

Smith's concluded that the Walt Disney Company and the CW Network are the best performing companies in the inclusion of the ten companies studied.

The professor says, "I hope these companies take a look at the report and take actionable steps or best practices to start being more inclusive and that we can see talent that looks like the population."

Actresses like Yalitza Aparicio are an excellent example of the significant improvement in the representation of ethnic communities on the big screen. With her debut in the acclaimed film "Roma", the indigenous woman introduced her culture to the world.

Despite the fact that the film speaks of a minority, the impact was incredible, which shows that the audience is open to diversity and other languages. The rumored future Pocahontas is one of the few indigenous people to have won multiple accolades for her performance.


In most of her interviews, the Mexican actress remains humble and grateful. She is always an empowered woman who participates in good causes. As proof of this, she was appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for sharing the same ideals of the organization: to provide sincere support to those in need.

Grace Dove, a Canadian Indigenous actress, in a TED talk titled "How to Regain Indigenous Identity in Hollywood" reveals: "I believe that acting as a way of telling the truth is a powerful tool to educate people about the issues that we face today. "

The heartfelt and poignant performances of Aparicio and Dove introduce new audiences to real communities that respond to reality and not a stereotype of "less modern people."

Dove confesses that "we are not only challenging stereotypes, but we are strengthening ourselves in the way of speaking the truth that is freeing me from the effects of colonialism."

This is the shift for minorities to become a role model for indigenous peoples through high-quality content, sound productions, a diverse cast, powerful stories, and well-crafted scripts that remember the importance of ethnic communities and his hard work through history to protect nature and its ancestral roots.