(*If you’re not a straight white man.)
The statistics are unequivocal: Women and minorities are vastly underrepresented in front of and behind the camera. Here, 27 industry players reveal the stories behind the numbers — their personal experiences of not feeling seen, heard or accepted, and how they pushed forward. In Hollywood, exclusion goes far beyond #OscarsSoWhite. (Interviews have been edited and condensed.) By Melena Ryzik
[image:a headshot of Wendell Pierce next to a quote that reads “A casting head said: “I couldn’t put you in a Shakespeare movie. They didn’t have black people then.” Wendell Pierce“
I came across this article in my Twitter feed this morning, and I highly recommend checking it out. Stories like this are a big part of why I do what I do; for example, linking people to primary documents that demonstrate there was a large Black British population during Shakespeare’s “Then”.