#OscarsSoWhite creator on what's next

The creator of #OscarsSoWhite is actually encouraged by the diversity of which awards season, with films like “Hidden Figures,” “Fences” along with “Moonlight” being recognized.

yet Reign wants the entertainment industry to expand representation beyond just African Americans.

“What I’ve been seeing, unfortunately, from the media quite a bit, is actually because we’ve had recognition of black artists along with film makers which year, which #OscarsSoWhite is actually somehow over,” she told sy88pgw. “There’s been a dearth of nominations along with support of people by various other traditionally under-represented communities.”

Reign, managing editor for Broadway Black, developed the hashtag in January 2015, after being frustrated by the lack of diversity among the year’s Oscar nominees.

#OscarsSoWhite became shorthand for the lack of opportunities along with recognition for people of colour in Hollywood.

“#OscarsSoWhite is actually about all races along with genders along with sexual orientations,” Reign said. “In 2017, why haven’t we had an LGBT rom-com? We hold the phenomenal Sir Patrick Stewart playing a disabled superhero in ‘X Men,’ yet why haven’t we had a disabled actor or actress playing a superhero?”

“With respect to cultural appropriation, I think the Asian American along with Pacific Islander community has taken a step back in 2016,” Reign added. “We see ‘Ghost from the Shell’ with Scarlett Johansson, along with ‘The Great Wall’ with Matt Damon, [Johannson was cast in a role of an Asian character along with Damon’s film has been criticized for the ‘white savior’ trope in a film about China’s Great Wall] where there is actually no respect for the culture along with genre there.”

Reign said she’s not looking for quotas — just “opportunities for people by marginalized communities.”

Recalcitrant studio heads still foster the belief which films with people of colour can be fiscally risky, Reign said.

She points to the recent success of “Hidden Figures,” which stars three African American women, as proof those studio heads are wrong.

Made for a relatively little budget of $25 million, the film about the little known black female mathematicians along with engineers at NASA from the 1960s, has grossed more than $144 million.

The film held the top spot at the box office For two main consecutive weeks along with scored Oscar nominations for Octavia Spencer for best supporting actress, best adapted screenplay along with best picture.

Reign argues which not bad storytelling — with not bad writing along with acting — will win out in Hollywood, no matter the colour.

She said she sees encouragement in what’s happening on the little screen.

Television shows like “Atlanta,” “Insecure” along with “Black-ish” are winning both critical acclaim along with strong fan bases.

These along with various other projects add up to “an influx of entertainment which reflects the black experience,” Reign said.

“I use which phrase very intentionally, as opposed to saying ‘black film’ or ‘black TV show,’ because we have a juggernaut like ‘Empire’ which is actually killing the ratings every week along with which’s not just black people who are watching which show, obviously,” she said. “What does a ‘black TV show’ mean?’ ‘Empire’ is actually about a dysfunctional family from the music industry which just happens to be black.”

The golden age of black television
A recent Nielsen study found which “several programs which has a predominantly black cast or a main storyline focusing on a black character are drawing substantial non-black viewership.”

“While which isn’t the 1st time in history which a TV program which has a black lead has drawn non-black audiences — think of “The Jeffersons,” “Sanford along with Son” along with “The Cosby Show” — what’s unusual at which point is actually the sheer number of such programs which are carrying cross-cultural appeal,” the study said.

“Storylines which has a strong black character or identity are crossing cultural boundaries to grab diverse audiences along with start conversations,” said Andrew McCaskill, senior vice president, Communications along with Multicultural Marketing, at Nielsen. “which insight is actually important for culture along with content creators.”

As for the future of #OscarsSoWhite, Reign believes there is actually still work to be done.

“#OscarsSoWhite will continue to be relevant until all people, regardless of who you are or where you’re by, can go into a movie theater — not just right before the deadline for awards season — along with see themselves represented on the screen,” she said.

#OscarsSoWhite creator on what's next

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