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The Music Industry Is Changing, And This Grammys Party Showed How

Or at least it COULD change, according to those at Janelle Monáe’s “Fem the Future” brunch. Stacy L. Smith, founder and director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative: “Collective action takes place when people lock arms, each group pushes a lever and we all do this in unison. … I’m expecting to see change in this industry quickly because of these simultaneous efforts.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Music, Janelle Monae, Stacy L Smith, 02.09.19

USC Study: Percentage Of Women In The Music Business Hasn’t Improved

The study conducted by Dr. Stacy L. Smith found that the number of women working as artists remained stagnant at 17%. Of songwriters, women represented 12.3% of the credits affiliated with the test group of 100 songs — over half did not feature a single female writer. Among producers, women numbered only 2 percent, in line with the previous year. On a brighter note, representation by people of color was up. – Variety
Tags: Art, Music, Usc, Stacy L Smith, 02.05.19

TIFF 2018 Was Defined by Questions of Inclusion and Identity

Art reflects the culture it’s created in. In the ’30s and ’40s, directors like Frank Capra produced optimistic comedies and dramas to help uplift a national morale brought low by the Great Depression and World War II. In the late ’70s and ’80s, punk music and hip-hop spoke to political frustrations. Part of the value of the art that makes up popular culture is what a piece of music, literature or cinema can tell us about the prevailing cultural attitudes at the time it was made. In this way,...
Tags: New York, Movies, Mexico, Toronto, Features, Nicole Kidman, Ferguson, Jason Reitman, Frank Capra, Trump, Paul Dano, Ben, Errol Morris, Beale Street, Film Festivals, Stacy L Smith

The Film (Review) Industry Massively Underemploys Women Of Color As Critics

The numbers, from a study by Dr. Stacy L. Smith of USC Annenberg, don’t lie. “Not only are they under-represented, but they are also denied the chance to review major film releases, the report released on Friday has found. White male critics outnumber female critics from under-represented racial and ethnic backgrounds by 31 to 1.”
Tags: Art, Issues, USC Annenberg, Stacy L Smith, 09.08.18

Movie Reviewers Lack Inclusion of Women And Minorities, New Study Finds

A new study shows a pervasive lack of inclusion of women and minorities among movie reviewers. The report, released Friday and titled “Critic’s Choice II,” is the second in a series from Dr. Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and was conducted in partnership with Time’s Up Entertainment — an affiliate within […]
Tags: News, Time, Stacy L Smith, Stacy Smith, Time's Up, USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative

Despite Diversity Push, Women and Minorities Aren’t Getting Better Movie Roles (Study)

Time’s Up and #MeToo is dominating the talk in Hollywood, and not an awards show nor a red carpet interview seems to take place these days without filmmakers and actors being peppered with questions about pay equity and diversity. Everyone says the same thing: they want change. Yet the rhetoric doesn’t appear to be making […]
Tags: Hollywood, News, Stacy L Smith, Crazy Rich Asians, Spy Who Dumped Me

Time’s Up, USC Annenberg Launch Database of Underrepresented Journalists, Critics

Time’s Up and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative on Wednesday said it would be launching a database containing the names of entertainment journalists and critics from underrepresented groups following a recent study that found a lack of racial and gender diversity among film reviewers. The study, published by USC researcher Stacy L. Smith, found that […]
Tags: News, Diversity, Usc, USC Annenberg, Stacy L Smith, Time's Up, USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative

Women Just Can't Win At The Billboard Music Awards

The music industry continues to face a crisis in representation for women. Following the release (before the 2018 Grammys) of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative study on the subject, the Billboard Music Awards (airing this Sunday) seem to have course-corrected for their heavily male awards nominees by booking as many women as possible to perform on the show.If you look down the list of Billboard Award nominees this year, you'll see that women make up roughly 20% of the list. That's because Bill...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Christina Aguilera, Wikipedia, Ed Sheeran, Kelly Clarkson, Kesha, Grammys, Zedd, Shawn Mendes, Stacy L Smith, Kendrick Lamar Bruno Mars, Annenberg Institute, Camila Cabello Ariana Grande Dua Lipa, Demi Lovato Kesha Salt N Pepa, En Vogue Maren Morris

Recording Academy Names 16 To Music Industry Diversity And Inclusion Task Force

Former Obama administration official Tina Tchen, now Chair of the Recording Academy’s new task force on diversity and inclusion, has announced the names of 16 members who will join her in examining the barriers and biases affecting women and other underrepresented voices in the music industry. The announcement follows wide-spread public criticism which arose in response to the low representation of female artists during this year’s Grammy Awards, and a comment made by Academy chief Neil Por...
Tags: Music, Obama, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Academy, Manila, Music Business, Ascap, Major Labels, Bruce Houghton, Recording Academy, Neil Portnow, Elizabeth Matthews, Leslie Odom Jr, White House Council, Katharine McPhee

How The Grammys Are Acknowledging Its Woman Problem

Following their announcement in March that Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, would head up the Recording Academy's Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, the Grammys have a released a list of people on the task force. Among the musicians and music industry folk on the list is the very woman who called out the Academy for their underrepresentation of women.Dr. Stacy L. Smith, founder and director of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, was one of the primary author...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Hollywood, Lorde, Time, Michelle Obama, Smith, Grammys, Academy, Melinda Gates, Wilson, Alessia Cara, Jimmy Jam, Recording Academy, Universal Music Group, Sheryl Crow

Should Inclusion Riders Be a Requirement for Hollywood Production Companies?

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: should inclusion riders be requirements for all Hollywood production companies?) Frances McDormand’s Oscars speech raised Hollywood’s awareness of inclusion riders – contractual stipulations that basically demand racial and gender diversity for at least fifty percent of a project’s cast and crew. It’s only been a few weeks, but we’re already seeing companies a...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Germany, Amy Schumer, Ben-Affleck, Matt-Damon, Netflix, Frances Mcdormand, Silicon Valley, Jordan, Marco Polo, Paul Feig, Usa Today, Claire Foy, Michael B Jordan, Reed Hastings

No, Women Don't Need To Step Up — But The Men Who Run The Grammys Do

The Grammys truly bungled their attempt to be part of the conversation around equality and representation for women this year. First, there was no coordination with Time's Up, which organized protests at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, to help raise money for their legal fund or give attendees an opportunity to rally behind achieving equality for women in the industry. So, a group of 14 women who are mid-level music industry executives pulled together and formed Voices in Entertainment, and s...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Lorde, Time, Cbs, Kesha, Grammys, Academy, Los Angeles Times, Janelle Monae, Alessia Cara, Don, Recording Academy, Roc Nation, Neil Portnow, Courtney Smith

How A Grassroots Campaign Brought #MeToo To The Forefront At The Grammys

Kesha has never been nominated for a Grammy before; this year, she is nominated for two and will perform at the awards show for the first time. One nomination is for her latest album, Rainbow, and the other is for the single “Praying,” a song she wrote about finding peace after going through what she describes as a nearly intolerable period of depression. She alludes to, but never directly addresses, her protracted and still ongoing legal battles with the producer of her first two records, Dr. ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Hollywood, Justice, Lorde, Stephen Colbert, Time, Mtv, Cbs, Associated Press, Warner Bros, Kelly Clarkson, James Corden, Kesha, Grammys, Natalie Portman

You Might Not Have Noticed This Difference Between The Characters On Network And Premium Shows

When Venus Kanani worked on the upcoming TV series Heathers , s he had a specific directive for Heather Chandler's role: The producers and writers wanted a plus-sized actor. In the original '80s movie, Chandler was played by Kim Walker, a slim, blonde actress who had cheekbones ready to slice a tomato. But nearly 30 years later, the creative team wanted someone who would be cool in 2017; as Kanani describes it, someone "super confident, super sexy, and always the baddest bitch in the room...she...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Hbo, New York, Hollywood, Nbc, Los Angeles, Netflix, Kate, Hulu, Oscar Isaac, Cw, Jamie, Rachel Bloom, Laura Linney, Chandler

How Much Progress Has Hollywood Actually Made In Showing Body Diversity?

Before she was Marilyn Monroe, 19-year-old Norma Jean Dougherty was just a would-be model, who, upon entering an agency, was told she was "too plump, but in a beautiful way." This was 1945, and the future Hollywood icon was auditioning for a company called Blue Book, when a secretary added a damning note next to her measurements: "size 12." Granted, a size 12 back then would be closer to a size 6 in today's measurements, but that only proves the point that women in Hollywood have been told to a...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Hbo, Hollywood, Abc, Matt Damon, Lena Dunham, Harvey Weinstein, Marilyn Monroe, Jennifer Lopez, Kevin James, Will Smith, Bryce Dallas Howard, Eva Mendes, Kirsten Dunst, Smith

With We Are The 67%, Refinery29 Makes A Promise

Nearly a year ago today, we at Refinery29 came to a bit of a realization. It started with three words from our global editor-in-chief and cofounder Christene Barberich: "We fucked up." Like many ambitious publishers striving to serve extraordinary women, we realized that we had fallen short in our efforts to represent the 67% of women in the United States who are sizes 14 and up; on average, plus-size women only account for 1 to 2% of the bodies represented in mainstream media. We are a company...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Hollywood, Gabrielle Union, United States, USC Annenberg, Christene Barberich, Stacy L Smith, Sesali Bowen, Media Diversity Social Change MDSC Initiative

Google Conducted Hollywood 'Interventions' To Change Look of Computer Scientists

theodp writes: Most TV computer scientists are still white men," USA Today reports. "Google wants to change that. Google is calling on Hollywood to give equal screen time to women and minorities after a new study the internet giant funded found that most computer scientists on television shows and in the movies are played by white men. The problem with the hackneyed stereotype of the socially inept, hoodie-clad white male coder? It does not inspire underrepresented groups to pursue careers in co...
Tags: Google, Hbo, Hollywood, Obama, Amc, Disney, Tech, CS, Silicon Valley, Usa Today, Cartoon Network, Smith, Usc, U S Dept of Education, White House Council, Julie Ann Crommett

Hollywood Diversity and Inclusion See Little Rise in 10 Years (Study)

Despite Hollywood’s rising awareness of diversity issues and the growing movement in support of inclusivity, there has been little year-on-year rise in inclusion in films released in 2016, according to a new study of 900 popular films from 2007 to 2016. The study, from Dr. Stacy L. Smith and the Media, Diversity, and Social Change... Read more »
Tags: Hollywood, News, Film, Stacy L Smith, Hollywood Diversity, Media Diversity and Social Change Read

Wonder Woman Film Inspires Kindergarteners, Entrepreneurs And Hollywood Actresses

by Nancy D. O’Reilly, PsyD, author of “Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business, and Life“ Humans are meaning-making creatures. We love to tell stories, and they shape how we see ourselves and our world. “Anytime we see women in powerful roles on-screen it challenges narrowly defined and antiquated views of leadership,” said Stacy L. Smith, communications professor at the University of Southern California. Smith is quoted in the New York Times about the im...
Tags: Startups, Hollywood, Women, Dc Comics, New York Times, Diana, Wonder Woman, O'Reilly, Jill Lepore, John Rampton, Ann Wolfe, Empowering Women, Thinking Aloud, Doutzen Kroes, Steve Trevor, Stacy L Smith

It's About Damn Time Entertainment Weekly Put An Asian Man On Its Cover

Last week, Entertainment Weekly published its latest cover featuring Steven Yeun as his beloved character on “The Walking Dead,” Glenn Rhee. But the cover did more than just reveal details of the shocking death of one of the show’s most popular characters. It gave an Asian actor some much-needed exposure in an industry that continues to underutilize Asian talent and whitewash fictional Asian characters, while still practicing the offensive yellowface. Yeun is only one of three Asian male actors ...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, Carla Herreria, John Cho, Daniel Dae Kim, Glenn, Cho, Public Radio International, Steven Yeun, Glenn Rhee, Stacy L Smith, Yeun

An Unfair Hollywood Demeans Older People, New Research Finds

You have to look wide and far to find people over 60 in the 100 top-grossing films of 2015, and when you do find them, they are demeaned by ageist language and presented inaccurately and unfairly, says new research conducted by Humana and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.  Among the researchers’ more disturbing findings: 1. Older people are underrepresented in film.  While 18.5 percent of the population is 60 and over, just 11 percent of film characters were that age. ...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Julianne Moore, New York City, Catherine Zeta Jones, Huffington Post, Usc, Ann Brenoff, Humana, Kim Cattrall, Stacy L Smith, Media Diversity Social Change Initiative, USC Annenberg School for Communication

The Film Industry's Problem Of Gender Inequality Is Worse Than You Think

If you know your Oscars trivia, you can probably answer this question: Who was the first female filmmaker to win the Academy Award for Best Directing and when? If you answered Kathryn Bigelow on March 7, 2010, you'd be right. To date, Bigelow is the very first -- and only -- woman in history to win the best director award at the Oscars for the war film The Hurt Locker (2008). Most people would be surprised to learn that gender segregation plays out at different levels of the film industry, where...
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The Hunger Games was originally passed on by every major studio because it had a female lead. Listen to these actresses on sexism in Hollywood

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Tags: Hollywood, All, Sexism In Hollywood, Sex Discrimination, Stacy L Smith, Female Celebrities, Hollywood According

"A Female Perspective" Challenges The Male Gaze In Movies

Photo: Courtesy of EPIX. If you've read R29, gone to the movies, or, you know, lived in this world as a woman in the last year, then the following will not come as a surprise to you. The numbers on women in Hollywood are not good. We know men outnumber us both in front of and behind the camera. We know they get paid more. We know they get more interesting, complex roles. But that doesn't mean that the hard numbers are any less stunning or any easier to stomach. Consider these sobering facts, ...
Tags: Hollywood, Ronda Rousey, Epix, Catherine Hardwicke, Amanda Peet, USC Annenberg, Stacy L Smith, Anjelica Huston Michael Moore

#OscarsSoWhite: new branding for an old problem

In 1996, decades before the trending hashtag, Reverend Jesse Jackson led a boycott protesting the lack of diversity at the Oscars. Having encouraged attendees to wear a rainbow ribbon in support of the issue, he was ridiculed for his efforts. Twenty years later, #OscarsSoWhite has led the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to take action by implementing a “series of substantive changes designed to make the Academy’s membership, its governing bodies, and its voting members significantly ...
Tags: Hollywood, America, Sony, Smiths, Spike Lee, Will Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, Naacp, Jesse Jackson, Ava Duvernay, Chris Rock, Academy, Spielberg, Steven Spielberg, Usc, Black History Month

Video: Researcher gives Hollywood studios a failing grade for inclusiveness

Dr. Stacy L. Smith comments on the study she co-authored at the University of Southern California regarding diversity in the entertainment industry. The study gives a failing grade to every movie studio and most TV networks on inclusiveness Dr. Stacy L. Smith comments on the study she co-authored at the University of Southern California regarding diversity in the entertainment industry.
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#HollywoodSoWhite: diversity report gives damning picture of US film industry

Ethnic minorities and LGBT community continue suffer at the hands of ‘inclusion crisis’; meanwhile only 3% of film directors are women, with a third of female characters shown with ‘partial or full nudity’As the #OscarsSoWhite protest reaches its climax in advance of Sunday’s Academy Awards, a wide-ranging academic study suggests that the problem in Hollywood goes further than one of ethnicity: exclusion extends just as severely to women and LGBT film-makers.The Comprehensive Annenberg Report on...
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