A recent panel discussion, “The Not So Silver Screen: Black Women in Media,” event took place at the UCLA’s Hammer Museum where panelists addressed compelling issues about the lack of representation of African American women in both television and film.
Moderated by professor Kimberle Crenshaw, the panel included many decades of diverse talent in the entertainment industry including actress Diahann Carroll, casting director Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd, filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood, actress and director LisaGay Hamilton, actress Tonya Pinkins, University professor (race, representation, and media studies) Kristen Warner, and the founder/editor ofand #OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign.
Over the course of the conversation, the panelists touched on thought-provoking issues such as African American women being cast and ranked according to skin color and body type, the marketing and promotion of films featuring African American lead actors, the need for African-American characters in film and television to be more multi-faceted, and emphasized the need of having more African-American women represented in film and television
“We have got to be more visible. People have to see our humanity.” – Gina Prince-Bythewood
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