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Jun
9
2022

Pride Month 2022:
Key LGBTQ+ Milestones in TV History

Pride month 2022 is here! Established in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots, Pride month represents a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, take stock of the  struggles its faced against discrimination and harassment, and reflect on the impact that LGBTQ+ people have made on history—including on screen. While there is still progress to be made, LGBTQ+ television characters, shows, plots, and issues have made important advances over the past decades. 
Issues: Diversity on TV
May
12
2022

TV and AAPI Heritage Month:
Celebrating Onscreen Strides in Diversity

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, a time when the U.S. pays tribute “to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.” With television being a bellwether of cultural change, AAPI Heritage Month is also the right time to reflect on the representation of members of the Asian and Pacific Islander community on television and behind the screens.
Issues: Diversity on TV
couple watching tv
Feb
8
2022

Best TV Couples:
Our Valentine’s Day Roundup

Joanie and Chachi, Rachel and Ross, Carrie and Mr. Big, Rainbow and Dre: the best TV couples of every generation become their own household names. As TV has added cable networks and then streaming apps in recent decades, this list of best TV couples has not only gotten larger, but it has also expanded to include more diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. Although there remains a long way to go to achieve true onscreen equity, greater representation is something to be celebrated. And as Valentine's Day fast approaches, we decided to put together our own list of the best and most diverse TV couples that have kept us clicking the “next episode” button.
Issues: Diversity on TV
Black History Month artwork
Feb
2
2022

Black Directors, Writers, and Actors Expand Television: Who and What To Watch During Black History Month

February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate African Americans’ triumphs, innovations, and the fight to achieve equality throughout our country’s history. And that struggle isn't only reserved for the history books. For decades, Black directors, writers, and showrunners have worked hard to break barriers on television, from the groundbreaking African American sitcoms of the 1970s to the premiere of Black Entertainment Television (BET) in the 1980s and The Oprah Winfrey Network in early 2011. But how are Black TV stars shaping the media landscape today? Let’s take a look at some of the talented Black directors, writers, producers, and actors who are reinventing American entertainment—and the shows that you’re not going to want to miss. 
Issues: Diversity on TV
Group of friends watching TV
Dec
16
2021

Diversity on Television in 2021:
A Culture Shift Results in Broader Programming

At its heart, television does much more than entertain—it offers a chance to expand our horizons and learn about other cultures and ways of being. For this reason, diverse representation on television is critical, raising awareness, empowering individuals of historically oppressed groups, and expanding career opportunities for underrepresented groups in entertainment. And it turns out that most of us agree. According to a new report from ViacomCBS, 79% of all viewers say more diversity is needed on screens.
Issues: Diversity on TV
a poster of the tv show, born this way
Sep
24
2021

Disability and Television:
Validating Identity and Experience

Every year, television networks and broadband providers converge in New York’s Times Square to celebrate and discuss diversity in their programming and within their companies. A week of conferences and educational sessions focused on a mission of sustaining diversity, equity, and inclusion across the internet, and media industries. Recently, an oft-overlooked area of diversity is gaining more attention in the industry: people with disabilities. 
Issues: Diversity on TV