Oprah and Ava DuVernay Talk Hollywood Inclusion
“Diversity” has become one of those heavily saturated words.
It’s to the point where it’s becoming the “cool” thing to say in order to feel you’ve added something valuable to a hot topic conversation.
Although we are seeing more Black and Brown faces on the TV screen and working behind the scenes, it’s still evident that we have a long way to go.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay discussed the need for centering the conversation on inclusion as opposed to getting stuck on talks of diversity.
“There needs to be more done than applauding one or two people who make it through your door,” Ava expressed.
The two said the idea is to include voices of various backgrounds to bring broader perspectives to film, television and other avenues of content.
“That’s really the goal in Hollywood and other prominent industries: to be included and “have a seat at the table,” Oprah said.
DuVernay added, “We aren’t sitting around talking about diversity, just like we aren’t sitting around talking about being Black or being women. We’re just being that.”
Ava seems to be leading the charge on inclusion and using her platform to implement the change she wishes to see. In fact, in her upcoming project, Queen Sugar, the all-female directors squad have all landed TV opportunities since working on the series.
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Hollywood has a long history of lacking in representation. Since the explosion of #OscarsSoWhite and creatives speaking out about slim opportunities in the industry, the pressure has been on to turn things around and make a sizable difference.
Looks like Ava and Oprah are ready to lead the way.