*The issue of diversity in Hollywood is always a topic that garners strong reactions for obvious reasons: There’s not enough of it it. Or is there?
Recently the Electronic Urban Report/EUR was on the scene covering a Hollywood, event and we put the question to several stars for their response.
EUR: Do you think Hollywood lacks diversity?
Jussie Smollett: I hope we are going towards it not being out of the ordinary to turn on the TV and seeing Viola Davis. To see strong beautiful black women and women of color in general doing their thing, there is nothing better, they’re the mother of the earth.
Omar J. Dorsey: This year was tuff on diversity. It hurt me a little bit but all we have to do is keep fighting and striving.
Larenz Tate: Their needs to be more diversity. There are a lot of great roles on television but not in film. Its pebbles in a bucket but we are moving and should celebrate the things we do have. We can’t say, ‘ok, we’ve arrived,’ because we still have a lot to do and a lot of stories to tell, so we need to keep on pushing.
Omarosa: The highest honor you can get in this town is an Oscar. When you are on the big screen, that is the pinnacle of your career. The fact that there are no African American women or men nominated is unacceptable.
Nicki Micheaux: I think people love to have controversy. Honestly, the fact that ‘Selma’ was nominated for Best Picture is huge. The Oscars are political, who cares! Film is for the people, it’s not just for the Oscars or accolades. It’s about what it does in the hearts and minds of people.
Jerrika Hinton: Just to say there is diversity, doesn’t mean that everything that is systemically problematic, is fixed…it is ongoing.
Glynn Turman: It’s important we attend, watch, and support the Image Awards. To make sure it keeps going because it picks up the slack.
EUR: Do African Americans need awards or award shows to validate us?
Garcelle Beauvais: It’s important for award shows to honor what you’re doing. To say, ‘you’re doing a great job.’ We don’t need it to validate us, we need the work to validate us!
Omarosa: Yes! We need it! They need to recognize the contributions we make and that’s not being done right now.