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Movies Starring Women of Color Hit 16-Year High in 2022, Study Finds

The latest Hollywood diversity study actually has some positive news to report: Popular movies starring women of color hit a 16-year high in 2022, according to USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. The research group’s annual breakdown of the demographics of movie leads has added the latest yearly batch of 100 domestic top-grossing films, making “Inequality Across […]

Latest Diversity Reports From USC, SDSU Reveal Room for Improvement Behind the Camera

As 2023 dawns, two major academic organizations that measure the progress of inclusion in Hollywood are looking back at the track record for 2022 in film. The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s latest “Inclusion in the Director’s Chair” report analyzes the gender and race/ethnicity of the directors behind last year’s 100 highest-grossing movies in the U.S., […]

Study: Latino Immigrant Representation on TV Decreases, Black and API Immigrants Up (Exclusive)

Representation of immigrant characters continues to be a work in progress, according to the third study between the immigrant culture change organization Define American and the USC Norman Lear Center’s Media Impact Project. Over the past two television seasons, representation of Black and Asian Pacific Islander (API) immigrant characters at least doubled, but that coincided […]

USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative Releases Muslim Representation Study

USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative has turned its eye to a quantitative and qualitative study of Muslim portrayals on television, and the verdict shows there is still vast room for improvement. Erased or Extremists: The Stereotypical View of Muslims in Popular Episodic Series, conducted with support from Riz Ahmed and his banner Left Handed Films, the […]

Annenberg Inclusion Initiative Teams With Snap for $25K Student Film Grant (Exclusive)

The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative has partnered with Snap on a program to boost one female student filmmaker of color during her senior year. The Snap Originals Annenberg Inclusion Award will give the winning filmmaker $25,000 for her senior thesis film. A panel of Snap advisors will mentor her throughout her senior year, and she […]

Best Buy Partners With Foundations to Open New Teen Tech Centers in Los Angeles

Best Buy, the Greater Los Angeles Education Foundation (GLA) and the Annenberg Foundation have announced the creation of three new centers for the LA Community Impact Hub, which provides access to technology and resources for local youth. The coalition of organizations committed last year to a goal of creating up to 12 community tech centers […]