It’s Time Black Women Get Their Recognition from Hollywood

After hitting theaters late July, Girls Trip is being consider breakout comedy of the year, bringing in more than $65 million.

Movies like Girls Trip, featuring a majority Black cast prove that these types of films are victorious at the box office. However, despite the success of Black movies, the film industry still struggles with including diverse actors and writers.

According to Essence, as it relates to Black women, the industry has tried to do everything they can to shut them out.

There are black women in the industry like Ava DuVernay who continue to tear down barriers in the film industry.  But according to a new report released by Professor Stacy L. Smith at the University of Southern California women, ethnic minorities, the LGBT community and individuals with disabilities are still underrepresented.

Smith and her team also analyzed over 900 of the top grossing films between 2007 and 2016 and found that women of color to be missing in front and behind the camera.

According to the report, only 34 of 100 films from 2016 included a female lead. Only 3 of those women were from underrepresented minority groups.

Even with impressive box office numbers, Black women are struggling to be acknowledged by Hollywood.

Smith suggests that companies set target inclusion goals to enforce hiring people from marginalized groups, ultimately combating the issue.

Money seems to be the motivation in Hollywood. Since Girls Trip continues to beat out other movies in theaters, maybe the film industry will finally recognize Black women.

 – Contributed by Devyn Rorie

WHUR Contributor


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