USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative released a study today examining the diversity of Netflix ’s original content. If anything the study could be summarized by Dr. Stacy L. Smith who said in a video: “Inclusion happens when women are given the keys to the kingdom.” “I rarely have anything positive to say,” said Dr. Smith said during a symposium for the unveiling of the Netflix study. “This report was a bit of a reprieve from my typical rollout of information.” Dr. Smith was joined on the virtual panel by Netflix’s Bela Bajaria , Vice President, Global Series; Scott Stuber Vice President, Global Film; as well as Tigertail director Alan Yang and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom director George C. Wolfe . The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative studies diversity in entertainment and has released numerous studies and reports when it comes to representation . Netflix commissioned Smith and initiative to study for its original, English-language series and film … [Read more...] about USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative Releases Netflix Diversity Study, Finds Women Of Color Are Critical Component Of Inclusion
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Netflix ’s two top film and TV executives said the streaming service still has plenty of room for progress with diversity , but predicted results in 2020 will likely show improvement over 2019 when all of the numbers are tallied. “I think we are definitely going to improve,” TV chief Bela Bajaria said. “If you think about last year, with Bridgerton and Gentefied and Never Have I Ever — and this is scripted, it’s not including non-fiction — I think we have a lot of titles and we have a commitment to improve every year.” Film boss Scott Stuber said staffers in his group “definitely feel like we’re improving,” citing releases like Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey , Da Five Bloods , The Old Guard and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom . “But the point of this benchmark is to constantly be held accountable. … The whole auspice here is not to pat ourselves on the back. It’s to say publicly, ‘Here’s what we’re trying to accomplish.'” Related Story USC … [Read more...] about Netflix Film And TV Chiefs Talk Diversity Strides And Goals, ‘Bridgerton’, ‘Jingle Jangle’ Breakthroughs
Rajan Shahi's Anupamaa is able to connect with the audience not just because it's the story of a housewife who is not acknowledged by her family, but it focuses on every member of the family and the struggles they go through. And recently, the audience saw that Pakhi leaves her home because she felt her parents don't love her anymore. This did not happen in one day, and the makers have very beautifully shown this build-up in the past few months that made her take the decision. When Anupamaa went to Pakhi's room with her dinner, she found a hand-written letter by her and she immediately called Vanraj. In the letter Pakhi had mentioned that Anupamaa has got a new daughter in Kinjal, and Vanraj has Kavya now, nobody in the family needs her and that's why she is leaving. Anupamaa and Vanraj quickly leave to find her, while the others also make phone calls and visit their neighbours to find her. What came as a surprise was Rakhi calling the police … [Read more...] about Pakhi Gets Kidnapped, Will Anupamaa And Vanraj Be Able To Find Her?
Fatimah Warner’s verified Twitter page is an endless sprawl of revolutionary reading material (she’s been studying Karl Marx ), a bulletin of global atrocities ( LGBTQ activists in Ghana are living in fear of violent persecution, don’t you know), and a celebration of advocates and activists (Nina Simone and communist writer Claudia Jones, recently). With only four songs released since her last album as the rapper Noname , 2018’s triumphant Room 25 , Warner has been engaging fans, detractors, and spectators in her radical education. On the internet, she behaves more like a peer (a comrade, one might say) than as an artist, so much so that she tweeted “lmao i don’t even know how to promote myself as a rapper anymore,” about a month before her song “Rainforest” hit streaming platforms today. Related Stories Song You Need to Know: Jay Som and Palehound Join Forces as Bachelor on 'Anything at All' Song You Need to Know: Got7's 'Encore' Shows the K-pop … [Read more...] about Noname’s ‘Rainforest’ Is Revolutionary Music You Can Dance To
Before the summer 2016 release of Telefone , the debut album that launched her to a quiet kind of stardom, Noname considered quitting rap. “I used to care-give, so I probably would’ve went back to doing that,” she says. “Maybe would’ve got my nursing degree, and just become a nurse. That was the only other thing that I enjoyed doing.” Music, at that point, wasn’t paying the bills: “I was only able to pay my rent through doing little one-off college shows and maybe a feature for $300 here and there,” she adds. “I was in the financial in-between of, ‘Should I continue to try to pursue this, or should I just get a job?'” One of those one-off features, though, was for Chance The Rapper, her Chicago compatriot, on his breakout album Acid Rap in 2013. It’s a scene-stealing performance on a scene-defining full-length and, not long after, people were waiting for more from the quietly confident, rhythmically daring rapper. See Also Drakeo the Ruler Just … [Read more...] about Noname Is One of the Best Rappers Alive