Despite months of skepticism, the Summer Olympics turned out to be a heart-pounding, heartwarming, and heartbreaking spectacle of sport, strength and sacrifice. Like millions around the globe, I watched from my couch, trying not to feel like an underachieving beached whale as the world’s best athlete’s swam, sprinted, tumbled, fenced and rowed into Olympic glory.
There was an undeniable star of the games, and it wasn’t Michael Phelps or the Tongan Flagbearer or even Rio’s stunning beaches, it was Black Women.
I know the past week in Rio didn't go the way you imagined it, and I feel for you.
Diversity in entertainment has been a blisteringly hot topic for years now. And while the movie industry progressing so slowly they're being lapped by hypothermic turtles, television is at the forefront of making meaningful strides. This fall, Fox is debuting 24: Legacy starring Straight Outta Compton's Corey Hawkins and Pitch and a series imagining the black and female MLB pitcher. NBC heaps on the family feels with This Is Us. The OWN Network is also making a power move to steal broadcast eyeballs with Queen Sugar created by visionary director Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey.
Meanwhile, CBS will roll out six new shows...all starring white men. Say it with me, y'all: #CBSSoWhite. Thankfully the media and frustrated television viewers have loudly voiced their distaste with CBS's problematic programming practices.
During their network panel at the Television Critics Association press tour last week, CBS entertainment president Glen Geller offered a pitiful and ham-fisted response to the pointed questions about the network's glaring lack of diversity. "We need to do better and we know it...We showed you some photos of 16 new series regulars, 11 of them are diverse. I know they’re not leads, but 11 are diverse and that is our commitment to diversity," Geller said, according to EW.com.
Translation: Inclusion is awesome for supporting characters whose only purpose is to serve the white leads, and can be killed off to evoke white pain come sweeps. See Yvette Nicole Brown's role as Oscar Madison's assistant in The Odd Couple reboot. And Taraji P. Henson's late Det. Joss Carter in Person Of Interest.
Since I sincerely believe CBS's heartfelt promise to do better and that it's not a half-assed rationale of their casting methods, I decided to do the heavy-lifting for them. So next season, there will be no excuse for the stars of their shows to look like the audience of a Donald Trump rally.
Here are 8 diverse actors who are long overdue for their own television shows…
Did 'Supernatural' Stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles Just Star A Prank War with 'Arrow' And 'The Flash'?
Supernatural's Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles may be the stars of the longest running genre series in America, but they also want to add Official CW Pranksters to their resumes.
The doctor is in...and is having the last laugh.
Actor and Black Lives Matter activist Jesse Williams returned to the set of Grey's Anatomy on Monday, and marked the occasion with an Instagram picture capturing his breathtaking hotness and a caption that gleefully mocked those so offended by powerful speech at the BET Awards that it had some campaigning for his termination.
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