All-Star Weekend brings together star professionals from finance, law to support diversity

By Roderick Diamond II Medill Reports In addition to the big name athletes and  celebrities, All-Star Weekend brought Chicago high-profile African American professionals from the business end of sports, finance and other fields to a Friday brunch and panel. The event, “A Conversation on the Convergence of Black Athletes, Advisors and Sports Professionals,” brought together […]

Second City continues to strive for diversity with new film school

By Tim Rosenberger Chicago’s Second City has set a high bar for diverse casts for decades. So some may find it strange that the comedy powerhouse’s newest project is devoted mainly to inclusion. But in the wake of the recent debate about the lack of diversity in Hollywood, the opening of a Second City comedy film […]

What’s beyond #OscarsSoWhite? Chicagoans sound off on Hollywood diversity

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By Jasmine Cannon and Jasmine M. Ellis While Hollywood is still recovering from criticisms revolving around racial diversity in casting, some Chicagoans believe it’s time for The Academy to take a different approach. According to UCLA’s 2015 Hollywood Diversity Report, little more than 10 percent of lead actors in theatrical films were minorities, and just […]

Oscar ceremony doesn’t shy away from important issues

By Tim Rosenberger The big question on everybody’s lips before Sunday night’s ABC telecast of the 88th Academy Awards ceremony at LA’s Dolby Theatre was not who was going to win this or that award. It was how the biggest night for Hollywood would handle the diversity issue people have been talking about for the […]

West Side organizations empower a new generation of media makers

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By Marisa Endicott Recently, Channing Dungey was named head of ABC entertainment, making her the first African-American president of a major network. But the appointment highlights the continued lack of diversity in mainstream media. This inequity is just as pervasive in the news media. Minorities accounted for 12.75 percent of the workforce at daily newspapers in […]

Diversifying film not just Academy’s responsibility

By Tim Rosenberger Filmmakers may hold the ultimate power and responsibility for bringing diverse voices to the movies, but The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences can still increase diversity in its own membership and predominately white Hollywood through influence and trendsetting.