Radio Atlantic: When Does Hollywood’s Diversity Become Real Representation?

Matt Thompson discusses how well movies and shows represent diverse experiences with the senior editor Gillian White and the culture writer Hannah Giorgis.

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With movies like Crazy Rich Asians, BlacKkKlansman, and Sorry To Bother You out in theaters, Hollywood is trying to mute the complaint that it lacks racial and ethnic diversity, to avoid another #OscarsSoWhite. But depicting people of color onscreen was always the easy part. Next comes a harder question: how authentically are minority experiences being represented? Matt sits down with senior editor Gillian White and culture writer Hannah Giorgis to discuss.


- “What Does It Mean to ‘Sound’ Black?” (Hannah Giorgis, August 15, 2018)
- “There’s Nothing Wrong With Black English” (John McWhorter, August 6, 2018)
- “With BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee Sounds the Alarm About America’s Past and Present” (David Sims, August 8, 2018)
- “Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal on Blindspotting and the Power of Poetry” (Hannah Giorgis, July 21, 2018)
- Blindspotting Is a Boldly Sincere Love Letter to Oakland” (David Sims, July 20, 2018)
- “The Oscars’ Terrible Idea” (David Sims, August 9, 2018)
- “Yet Another Reason the New ‘Popular Film’ Oscar Is a Terrible Idea” (Christopher Orr, August 11, 2018)