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Empowerment in Entertainment

Why Black List Founder Franklin Leonard Is Over Inclusivity Panels

Franklin Leonard says he is no longer accepting offers to speak about diversity on inclusivity panels.

‘Someone Great’ Director on the Difficulties of Hiring Inclusively as a First-Time Filmmaker

Heading into production on her directorial debut, Netflix's 'Someone Great', first-time feature director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson was determined to hire inclusively behind the camera. For THR's Empowerment in Entertainment issue, Robinson talked about the barriers she encountered.

Why Being “Gay in the ’70s in New York and L.A. Was Magic” — and How Hollywood Has Changed (Guest Column)

Producer Howard Rosenman pens a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter reflecting on Hollywood during the pre-AIDS era.

A Guide to Hollywood’s Unconscious Bias: 13 All-Too-Common Offenses and How to Do Better

Underrepresented execs and creatives share 10 pieces of advice to avoid missteps and marginalization on set and in meetings.

Inside Hollywood’s “Rush” to Discover Diverse Talent

In increased demand for nonwhite actors has spurred a race among agencies and management to find diverse actors.

Amid Hollywood’s Call for Diversity, Where Are the Latinx Movie Stars?

Insiders say onscreen representation isn’t going to improve until Hollywood sheds some prejudices and takes a chance, especially on Latinx stars.

Hollywood Flashback: Oscar Micheaux’s Pioneering Black Film Studio Was Founded 100 Years Ago

A look back at film pioneer Oscar Micheaux's career, which will be chronicled in the upcoming biopic starring Tyler Perry in development at HBO.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: What’s Really “Black” About All These Black Movie Remakes?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar looks at remakes of originally white-cast films — 'What Men Want' and 'Little' — and sees the needle of racial equality nudging forward "a bit."

From ‘Us’ to ‘Crazy Rich Asians’: Savvy Cultural Marketing Finally Pays Off for Hollywood

Studios and networks are adapting to changing demographics with highly effective cultural campaigns that complement the push for inclusivity.

Lena Waithe, Gina Prince-Bythewood Talk Shortcomings of Hollywood Diversity Programs, Building a Mentoring Network

Lena Waithe and her mentor Gina Prince-Bythewood open up about their own relationship and representation in entertainment.

Ming-Na Wen, Nancy Kwan Talk Hollywood’s New “Awareness” on Diversity: “It’s Opening Up”

Former 'ER' co-stars Ming-Na Wen and Nancy Kwan talk Hollywood diversity, their mother-daughter dynamic and Kwan's connection to 'Crazy Rich Asians.'

Ryan O’Connell on Why Jim Parsons is “Revolutionary” in Hollywood: “He’s America’s Sweetheart and Gay”

'The Big Bang Theory' star Jim Parsons and his mentee Ryan O'Connell open up about their autobiographical comedy 'Steadfast,' their collaborative bond and why Parsons is "revolutionary" in Hollywood: "He's America's Sweetheart and gay."