Stories

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
Sep
23
2021

Diversity in Children’s TV:
How Disney Is Leading the Way

Representation matters, and the need to increase diversity in programming is a vital priority for television studios. This emphasis has borne fruit in recent years, with top-rated shows such as Insecure, Lovecraft Country, Vida, and Ugly Betty charting an innovative path across genres and networks.  But while these and other advances are welcome, more attention needs to be placed on programming for the most impressionable demographic: children. This is where an industry leader – Disney Junior and Disney Television Animation – is making diversity a daily reality, both on-screen and off.
Issues: Diversity on TV
Aug
26
2021

From Harlem to Jamaica to China: Paula Madison Finds Family and Tells the Story

Over the past decade, television has made important strides in terms of diversity, featuring onscreen talent from a widening range of ethnicities, cultures, genders, and sexual identities. While this work is to be applauded, however, it needs to go even deeper. For true diversity is not just about the actors in front of the camera: it’s about who gets to tell the story, and what that story is. Let’s explore the personal story of how Paula Madison, the principle owner founder of The Africa Channel, found a way to research and tell her own story—on TV. 
Issues: Diversity on TV
Jun
24
2021

Celebrating Pride Month: The Best of LGBTQ TV

June is Pride Month, a celebration of the struggles for justice of the LGBTQ+ community in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of June 1969. It’s a time to take stock of how far we’ve come in creating a more diverse and tolerant society—and how far we still have to go.
Issues: Diversity on TV
Apr
1
2021

Lifetime Lets Mahalia Jackson’s Light Shine in New Biopic

TV and media play an influential role in our society, and it’s played a significant role in helping to eradicate the systemic racism rooted in America’s history. April 4th marks 53 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and it’s no coincidence that Lifetime decided to release its new biopic, “Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia,” the very same weekend.
Issues: Diversity on TV