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From Bad-Boy Boyfriend to America’s Dad: How Milo Ventimigla Survived Hollywood and Found Lasting Success

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10 Of The Most Generous Black Women In Hollywood

Hollywood can be a place associated with the superficial, but many stars use their platforms and their fortunes to help those in need. For many Black actresses who’ve made it to A-list status, staying in touch with the community is a way of life.

Here are our top picks for the most generous Black women in Hollywood.

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Beyoncé:

Beyoncé has quietly donated to causes special to her heart for years, choosing to keep her charitable actions under the radar. But they’ve still been extremely significant. From helping the victims of the Flint water crisis to the homeless, she’s given away millions of her own money to help those in need.

Most recently, when a devastating hurricane struck her hometown of Houston, Texas, the Grammy-winner’s charity BeyGOOD provided aid in the form of baby products, blankets, toiletries, cots and food to the victims who lost their homes and belongings. She also personally handed out food and posed for photos with the victims before hosting a star-studded telethon to raise millions for recovery,.

Oprah Winfrey:

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From her Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa to the Angel Network to fueling the careers of entrepreneurs like Rachael Ray, Nate Berkus, Ava Duvernay and Iyanla Vanzant, Oprah is one of the world’s most renowned philanthropists.

 

Rihanna:

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Far from just her music and fashion, Rihanna has quickly become one of the most generous women in Hollywood, donating millions to build a cancer research facility in her native Barbados and raising massive amounts of donations from her Diamond Ball for women pursuing their education around the world. She’s been so generous with her wealth that she was named Harvard University’s 2017 Humanitarian of The Year.

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Hollywood Hills Rehab Center Receive Tribute & Medicine Coupons By Charles Myrick Of ACRX

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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Belgium beach plays host to Hollywood sand sculptures

OSTEND, Belgium (Reuters) – On a Belgium beach, an artist adds the final touches to an imposing sand sculpture of the Incredible Hulk and his bristling muscles ahead of the opening of the world’s biggest festival of its kind.


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We Heart: Amy Poehler’s Hollywood Reporter Reality-Check

 

When The Hollywood Reporter asked comedian Amy Poehler a lighthearted series of questions as part of their “40-ish Most Powerful People in Comedy,” she didn’t respond in kind.

When asked about her guilty pleasure, she replied: “Let’s not forget over 4,600 people have died in Puerto Rico.” Poehler pointed out the ecological consequences of pollution when she referenced the death of a giant whale in Thailand who recently swallowed more than 80 plastic bags after being asked about her “dream product endorsement.” She drew attention to the devastating frequency of gun violence in the U.S. when asked about college comedy audiences. (Her exasperated response to a question about her most memorable heckler? “Who cares? The whole world is on fire.”)

Poehler’s serious responses stressed her impatience with the triviality of the interview during such a catastrophic moment in the world—and it isn’t her first time resisting such thoughtless questions. In an appearance with Tina Fey on Late Night with Seth Meyers in 2016, Poehler discussed the sexist nature of questions directed towards female comedians, such as those that ask what they fight about. She also pointed out the obliviousness of a male reporter who asked her how men should deal with the new pressures placed on them to excel at different identities, which she pointed out is a burden “women face everyday.”

Rachel Dratch called Poehler’s replies “genius,” and a plethora of others have voiced their praise on Twitter for her subversive responses. Count us in with the crowd who can’t get enough of the feminist comedian’s persistence—and insistence on focusing on what really matters.

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LeToya Luckett and Mack Wilds Kick Off ABFF With ‘Black Hollywood Now’ Luncheon, Presented By Cadillac

Cadillac – which returned as a partner of ABFF for the eighth consecutive year – held an exclusive luncheon Wednesday, where actors LeToya Luckett and Tristan “Mack” Wilds spoke about the importance of the event.
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“American Animals” takes an appropriately wild approach to its subject, biting off a little more than it can chew, but nevertheless coming up with a truly novel entry in the overcrowded heist genre. In his feature debut, director/writer Bart Layton chronicles the odd but true story of four young men who hatched an elaborate scheme…
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Concert Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Gets Adoring Tribute at Hollywood Bowl

Is “Beauty and the Beast” dated? A little bit, if only when pitted against contemporary ethics. As the original, animated version of the film unspooled at the Hollywood Bowl Friday night in a combination of screening and all-star live musical performance, it was clear that a few of the moral lessons imparted in 1991 seem […]

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Brandless Pop-Up with Purpose – May 1st – 13th in West Hollywood (8483 Melrose Avenue)

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Destiny’s Child Reunites In West Hollywood For Designer’s Pop Up Shop

When it rains, it pours for fans of Destiny’s Child.

On the heels of their rare reunion at Coachella earlier this month, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams were under the same roof again this week to support designer Peter Dundas at the debut of his traveling pop-up shop in West Hollywood.

Sporting a little black dress, Bey joined former band mates Kelly, wearing a sequined silver jumpsuit and white blazer, and Michelle, in an all-black ensemble with sparkly heels, for the special night out.

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Heidi Klum, Alessandra Ambrosio and Charlotte McKinney were also in the crowd, which sipped Casamigos cocktails as a DJ mixed the beats at the new Dundas outpost, open through May 5 at 8382 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood before it travels to New York, Miami and beyond.

The store is stocked with the designer’s second collection, which dropped in December (luxe boho dresses and caftans in tiered prints, billowy one-shoulder blouses, and sequined gowns and jumpsuits aplenty) along with new Dundas logo T-shirts ($ 210) and sweatshirts ($ 460) decorated with a black panther icon that the designer often uses to replicate a tattoo on his arm — notably also the symbol of black pride used by Beyoncé in her Beychella wardrobe and concert merch.

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Sarah Jessica Parker to Hollywood: Don’t disregard men

OHMYGOSSIP — Sarah Jessica Parker hopes the entertainment industry won’t “disregard men” in its bid to bring more opportunities to women.
In light of the gender inequality issues that have surfaced throughout the entertainment world over recent months – including allegations of sexual harassment and pay gaps – many stars have called for more female-led movies to give opportunities to actresses.
However, Sarah Jessica, 53, has said that she won’t be writing off men completely when it comes to her production banner Pretty Matches Productions, and hopes other companies don’t either.
She told People magazine: “I don’t want to disregard men – there are really critical, important men in our industry as there are across all industries. We’ve always functioned as a majority female production company. We’re excited about female stories and storytellers, directors, producers, writers, sound mixers, production designers, editors.
“But I think the place we want to get is to where all stories are important and being told, and men are included in those stories. Men play a role in our lives so if we isolate too much, we’re gonna be missing out on interesting and complex stories. I think it’s just finding ways of moving a pipeline towards job opportunities for women of all backgrounds and colours.”
The ‘Sex and The City’ star previously spoke about the need for men to be involved in the women’s rights movement, and praised her agent Kevin Huvane for supporting her during a time when she could have fallen victim to sexual misconduct.
She said recently: “My agent sent a car and a plane ticket [to the film set] and he said, ‘If anybody makes you do anything that you’re not comfortable doing, you don’t.’ Given what’s happening now and the stories told from that particular period, I know how lucky I am that there was someone – in this case, a man – who stepped in.”

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FBI agents who raided the home, office and hotel of Donald Trump’s personal lawyer sought communications that Trump had with attorney Michael Cohen and others regarding the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape that captured Trump making lewd remarks about women a month before the election, according to sources familiar with the matter.


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‘Wonder Woman’ Lynda Carter feted with Hollywood star

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – With her arms crossed and poised for action, “Wonder Woman” television actress Lynda Carter was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday as her most famous superhero character enjoys a big-screen revival.
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Roseanne may be the only one in Hollywood who believes in diversity

“‘Black Panther’ Proves, Yet Again, That Diversity Sells in Hollywood,” ran a February headline in Forbes. And how: The film has grossed more than $ 1.2 billion and is now the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time at the domestic box office. And here’s another story about Hollywood successfully reaching out to an underserved audience: “Roseanne Revival…
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Padma Lakshmi’s Late Lover Puts His Stamp of Approval on Her Current Relationship on Hollywood Medium

Padma Lakshmi, Hollywood Medium 305Sometimes reassurance from our loved ones is all we need, even if it’s coming from beyond the grave.
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The star of the show Hollywood Medium Tyler Henry has shared several tips to help people connect with loved ones who have passed on. According to Henry, he recognized his gifts at the age of 10-years-old when he knew that his […]
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Trump should tune into the Academy Awards on Sunday. Movie exports narrow U.S. trade deficits, says Kabir Sehgal.
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#OscarsSoWhite Creator April Reign Launches New Initiative to Diversify Hollywood

Not enough has changed since the #OscarsSoWhite movement first disrupted Hollywood, calling for fair representation for people of color in the entertainment industry. Even with the record-breaking success of Marvel’s Black Panther and widely popular television shows like Empire, people of color are still not afforded equal access and opportunities in front and behind the camera. According to a new UCLA report titled “Five Years of Progress and Missed Opportunities,” only 8% of film writers of 2016’s top films were minorities, while just 7% were creators of broadcast scripted shows.

To help fill this gap, April Reign, the social media mastermind behind the viral #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, created an initiative that pairs Hollywood studios and media networks with talent of color. Just days before the 2018 Academy Awards, Reign announced the launch of Akuarel, an online database for people from underserved groups looking to work in creative spaces. Through the initiative, she aims to dispel the myth that studios can’t find nonwhite talent for hire.


“This answers one of the issues raised by #OscarsSoWhite of studios saying, ‘We want to work with people from marginalized communities, but we just don’t know where to find them,’” Reign told Mic. “This is going to drop them right in their lap.”

Akuarel, which derives from the French word for watercolors, “Aquarelle,” was developed in partnership with the Motion Picture Association of America. The program allows actors, creatives, and media professionals of color to search for open positions in film, television, and journalism – free of charge. To sign up, Akuarel users can also identify themselves by race, sexual orientation, and gender. In turn, studios, networks, media outlets, and theater companies can gain access to the database for a fee. Once they subscribe, they can search for candidates based on their identity and/or other criteria for an interview or audition.

David Morgan, president of the Multicultural Media Correspondents Association, which built and hosts the Akurel’s website, says their “main objective now is to get Akuarel populated by the talent and the stakeholders themselves. The value to the studios will be once it’s sufficiently populated. A lot of the studios were already partnering with us on sponsorship arrangements.”

Reign, who hosted an Akuarel launch party in Los Angeles Thursday night, called the project “the solution” to the #OscarsSoWhite epidemic. “#Akuarel is a gift to both the creators and the consumers of art and media,” she tweeted. “For those who are committed to issues of equity and inclusion based on race, gender, age, sexual orientation, and disability, Akuarel™ is the solution.”


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Stephen Colbert’s new Showtime series Our Cartoon President has a knack for making its cold open sequences ultra-timely—no small feat for an animated show. And this Sunday’s episode is no exception.

In the exclusive clip below, President Trump is revealed as a last-minute replacement Oscar host for Jimmy Kimmel thanks to the work of some Russian bots. And he begins by giving his impressions of this year’s Best Picture nominees.

“I watched Get Out sitting next to Jeff Sessions,” he says. “The guy wouldn’t stop taking notes and smiling like he’s in a toothpaste commercial.”

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Stephen Colbert’s new Showtime series Our Cartoon President has a knack for making its cold open sequences ultra-timely—no small feat for an animated show. And this Sunday’s episode is no exception.

In the exclusive clip below, President Trump is revealed as a last-minute replacement Oscar host for Jimmy Kimmel thanks to the work of some Russian bots. And he begins by giving his impressions of this year’s Best Picture nominees.

“I watched Get Out sitting next to Jeff Sessions,” he says. “The guy wouldn’t stop taking notes and smiling like he’s in a toothpaste commercial.”

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Lupita Nyong’o, Tiffany Haddish and More Stars Bring Major Style to the 2018 Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon

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Ava DuVernay Partners With Netflix, HBO, OWN to Send Underprivileged Youth to Hollywood

Award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay is teaming up with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Issa Rae Productions, Netflix, HBO, OWN, Warner Bros., and other organizations to help underprivileged youth in Los Angeles realize their dreams of working in Hollywood.

Last week, DuVernay and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the launch of the Evolve Entertainment Fund (EEF), which aims to provide historically underserved communities with access and opportunities in the entertainment industry. The EEF has already secured 150 paid summer internships for students participating in the Hire L.A.’s Youth program at companies like DreamWorks Animation and Kobe Bryant’s Granity Studios. The long list of high-profile partner organizations will work to raise over $ 5 million to fund EEF’s programs for the next few years.

“As we radically reimagine Hollywood, it is critically important that young people are included in our vision,” said DuVernay on Feb. 19 at the unveiling of the EEF in L.A., according to Deadline. “What is one thing that people can do to instigate inclusion on film sets? Hire a woman,” added DuVernay, who serves as the EEF’s co-chair. “Films directed by women have 76% more inclusion across people of color and women.”

The new fund comes as an extension to Mayor Garcetti’s Hire L.A. Youth program, which provided 15,000 black and Latino youth with jobs in 2017. However, less than 20 of those jobs were in the entertainment industry. Hence, the Fund was created to fill that gap.

“Real change happens when we take tangible action, and that means giving young women and people of color opportunities in the industry early on so they have the chance to shape its future,” said DuVernay, the director of the upcoming film A Wrinkle in Time.

Along with internship opportunities, the EEF will offer students mentorships, workshops, and panels, as well as funding to cover production costs for independent projects. Participants will also get help to create projects from  DuVernay’s distribution label ARRAY, Film Independent, and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers.

“When ‘Oscars So White’ and ‘Time’s Up’ put a spotlight on inequality in Hollywood, they captured the frustrations of people shut out of opportunity in what the world knows as L.A.’s signature industry,” said Garcetti at the press conference. “We created the Evolve Entertainment Fund to give people in underserved communities a new opportunity to chase their dreams in Hollywood—whether they want to be the next award-winning director or screenwriter, or are looking to secure a future in below-the-line jobs that are the bedrock of this city’s middle class.”

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Zoe Saldana Is Launching an App to Showcase Diversity in Hollywood

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Zoe Saldana is on a mission to empower Generation Z and tell more Latinx stories in Hollywood.

The 39-year-old actress spoke exclusively to Us Weekly about launching her new social platform, BESE, to focus on this endeavor. “Because the mission of BESE is to reshape the cultural narrative by shining light on the untold story that reflects today’s America, that also meant creating opportunities for content creators in the tech and digital world that haven’t necessary been given the opportunity that they deserve,” the Guardians of the Galaxy star explained. “We hired a lot of Latinx video content creators because we want to manifest our mission from the inside out.”

Saldana also opened up about sharing her passion project with husband Marco Perego and their three children, twin sons Bowie and Cy, 3, and son Zen, 1. “We have a series [on the app] called Hidden Figuras and obviously it is a play on the title of Hidden Figures, that movie. We liked it so much and we’re so passionate about this show because we’re gonna be exploring the contributions and social impact that people of color have been having in our nation’s history,” she dished. “For some reason, these events and these personalities never made it into our history books … It is important for us to reflect on all kinds of role models and trailblazers that we’ve had past and present. Because one thing that’s for certain, especially given this box office record breaking hit with Black Panther, is that we need heroes. We need role models that reflect who we are in order for us to cultivate inspiration.”

The Avatar starlet, who draws inspiration from the likes of Rosie Perez, Sigourney Weaver, Reese Witherspoon and Gina Rodriquez, hopes to influence positive change in the industry by showcasing diversity. “I’ve been impacted my whole life by trailblazers. Whether they were current at that time or still relevant today, or current today, not only are they using their talents to benefit their personal growth, but they’re giving back,” she gushed. “They’re giving back to their community. Whatever those communities may be.”

Added the Star Trek actress, “Either by sharing their insight, by sharing their knowledge, by shedding light on organizations and movements and people that we should all be knowing about and talking about, because they’re bringing change to their local communities. I’m impacted every day by these voices.”

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Maisie Williams fears that her looks will stop her from getting work in Hollywood

‘It’s a very shallow industry’

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Fans are already counting down the days until Game of Thrones returns to our screen for its final season, but with the release date confirmed for 2019, it looks like we’ve got some time to kill.

Luckily for us, the cast are all working on separate projects so in the meantime there’s lots to look forward to – Emilia Clarke is set to star in Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lena Headey is starring in Immigration drama The Flood and Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are busy planning their real-life wedding.

One of the stars that is particularly busy is 20-year-old Maisie Williams, who as well as taking on the role of bridesmaid for GoT sister and real life bezzie, Sophie Turner, is also busy on the work-front, set to star in Early Man and Departures this year, with other films already lined up for 2019.

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It makes sense – as one of the stars of Game of Thrones, you’re surely set up for life, right?

Not according to Maisie Williams.

Opening up about the ‘shallow industry’ that is Hollywood in a recent interview with The Irish Times, the 20-year-old actress explained her fears that her looks might actually hold her back.

‘It’s only now I’m starting to realise the characters that are available to me because of the way I look and the characters that aren’t available to me,’ Maisie explained.

‘It’s a very shallow industry. And I don’t look like someone who is cast in roles that are, well, sexualised. Don’t get me wrong, I’m completely in awe of Hollywood’s leading ladies. I love looking at those totally jaw-droppingly beautiful women. But I think it’s sad that you only get to see one type of beautiful on screen.’

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Mary J. Blige Breaks Down While Receiving Hollywood Star [VIDEO]

Mary J. Blige spent her birthday on Thursday basking in the adulation of family, friends, and colleagues while receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame…finally.

“I’m so grateful for this star right now because I’ve earned it probably three times,” Blige told the crowd. “I say that with confidence and not arrogance. I say it because I know that now, and I know my worth, and what this means.”

The dedication on Thursday, January 11 followed speeches from record producer Andre Harrell and former mentor Sean “Diddy” Combs. Both praised Blige for her talent and strength.

The Grammy Award-winning artist and recent Golden Globes nominee was serenaded by fans singing “Happy Birthday” as she posed for pictures and hugged family members before the ceremony began. “I’m proud of us. Look at where we are,” Blige replied to one fan.

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul stood beside Harrell as he recalled the first moment he heard her voice. “I remember the expression on Mary’s face when I would say to her ‘Your voice is going to sing with rock legends. Your voice is going to change your life and make you royal,” Harrell said, adding that since being introduced on “Soul Train” as “the queen of hip-hop and soul music,” the title remains.

Diddy, who collaborated with Blige on her early breakout albums, praised the singer for her ability to heal through her music. “Whatever she is going through, she knows she has a responsibility to help others who are going through the same thing,” Diddy said. “Mary J. Blige has saved a lot of lives. Mary J. Blige has saved a lot of broken hearts.”

Blige also gave shoutouts to other friends and family in the audience, including outgoing BET chief executive Debra Lee, “Mudbound” costar Garrett Hedlund, and music producer and Apple executive Jimmy Iovine.

Iovine, she said through tears, provided a roof over her head during her contentious divorce from Kendu Isaacs.

“When all hell was turning loose in 2016 and I had to file and all of that stuff, I was homeless last year,” she said, adding, “Jimmy Iovine took me into his Malibu home, he and his beautiful wife, Liberty. I will never forget that.”

Blige took a moment to acknowledge “Mudbound” director Dee Rees who also attended. “You really, really saved my life,” Blige said. “‘Mudbound’” opened up doors and gave me strength I didn’t even know I had.”

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Corey Feldman is still continuing on his quest to expose Hollywood’s dark underbelly, most notably in relation to allegations of pedophilia and child abuse, spurred on by the sexual assault he allegedly experienced as a child actor. Now, he’s looking for allies who may help to further his message.

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In an interview with E! News, Feldman said he’d be open to working with others who have opened up about being sexually harassed and assaulted while working in Hollywood, but he particularly wants to partner with Terry Crews. Crews revealed in October that he was once groped by an unnamed Hollywood executive.

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“I thought about [reaching out to Terry], but I’ve been pretty overwhelmed with everything that I’m doing, but here’s an open invitation,” Feldman said. “Terry, if you’re listening, I’m more than happy to join forces with you and work together. I’m willing to work with anybody. Can I just put that out there?”

He added, “I’m willing to work with anybody that wants to aid in this fight. If you want to help me get this film made, to tell the truth, please help me… If you want to help me get the statutes changed, please help me. If you want to help me get your story out, I will help you. I’m willing to do whatever it takes. I’m here to be a soldier. I’m not in it for me. I’m in it for all of us. Let’s work together, please.”

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Feldman launched a plan last year to raise $ 10 million to make a movie exposing organized, systemic sexual abuse of child actors in Hollywood. He says the movie is not a documentary, but is based on his own experiences as a child star, as well as those of his late friend Corey Haim, who died in 2010. He has publicly accused former actor Jon Grissom of molesting him as a child. Grissom has not publicly acknowledged the accusations.

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Mary J. Blige To Receive Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Mary J. Blige will be honored with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The ceremony will take place on January 11, with Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs taking part in the unveiling, according to Variety. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul will be in the recording category, despite her work in film and television.

The Grammy Award-winning artist has received Golden Globe Award, SAG Award, and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for her role in Dee Rees’ period drama “Mudbound,” as well as a Golden Globe nom for the best original song for “Mighty River.”

Blige’s Walk of Fame star unveiling will take place at 6201 Hollywood Blvd. in front of Eastown.

“Mary J. Blige is one of the most popular singers of our generation. Fans will be thrilled to see her star on the Boulevard as her career milestones are celebrated on this very famous sidewalk,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.

The Bronx native got her start in music by signing with Uptown Records in 1989. Her début album, “What’s the 411?,” was executive produced by Diddy and since then, she has released 12 more albums that have garnered nine Grammy Award wins from her 31 nominations.

Her film début was in 2001’s “Prison Song,” followed by Tyler Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All by Myself.” Blige also starred alongside Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, and Russell Brand in 2012’s “Rock of Ages,” and appeared in 2013’s musical drama “Black Nativity,” per Variety.

Blige’s small screen work includes guests roles on “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Empire” and “30 Rock.” She also played Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, on NBC’s musical “The Wiz Live!”

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Capping off an extremely successful year, Mary J. Blige, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The ceremony will take place on January 11 and celebrates Blige’s extraordinary career in music and entertainment, spanning over 25 years. Her friend and frequent collaborator Sean “Diddy” Combs will also attend the ceremony to unveil the star.

Mary J. Blige is one of the most popular singers of our generation. Fans will be thrilled to see her star on the Boulevard as her career milestones are celebrated on this very famous sidewalk,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies in a statement to Variety.

Blige is currently nominated for a series of awards for her subtle, but striking performance in “Mudbound,” a tale of two families linked together by the Mississippi Delta. She secured two Golden Globe nominations, one for Best Supporting Actress and the other for the movie’s original song “Mighty River.” Blige also scored a Screen Actors Guild nomination and a Critics Choice nod.

She arrived on the music scene in 1989 as the first female act of Uptown Records at the age of 18. Her early collaborations with Combs earned her numerous hits, including her chart-topping debut album “What’s The 411?” followed by her successful sophomore album, “My Life.” During her music career she’s released a total of 12 albums and appeared in a variety of movies and TV movies including, “Prison Song,” “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” “How To Get Away With Murder” and “The Wiz Live!”

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Hollywood High School Twin Brothers to Walk in 2018 Rose Parade

When Kais and Zane Karram were young boys growing up in Washington, D.C., the fraternal twins recall watching the colorful Tournament of Roses Parade® followed by the Rose Bowl game on TV every year.

So when the now Hollywood High School seniors, varsity football team captains, and aspiring filmmakers heard about the opportunity to walk with the Kaiser Permanente 2018 Rose Parade float in Pasadena, California, they didn’t hesitate to volunteer.

“Four years ago, our family packed everything that would fit into our Toyota Prius and moved cross-country to Los Angeles,” said Zane.What better way to truly feel part of this community than to participate in this honored tradition that so many people see nationwide and around the world on New Year’s Day?”

The Karram brothers are among 24 Hollywood High School students and physicians who will walk with Kaiser Permanente’s “Inspiring Healthy Communities” float along the 5.5-mile parade route. The vibrant and whimsical community garden design celebrates this year’s parade theme, “Making A Difference,” and those who are making a lasting impact on the health of individuals in communities across the United States.

Eight honorees will ride atop Kaiser Permanente’s float and come from the regions where the nonprofit organization provides health care. Hollywood High School is a longtime community partner and participant in Kaiser Permanente’s Thriving School program, an effort focused on creating a culture of health and wellness for students, teachers, and staff in K-12 schools.

Storytelling to motivate change

For the Karram brothers, telling the stories of others to effect positive, long-term change and to show that people are more alike than different, are among the goals they strive to achieve through their passion – filmmaking.

 Born in Washington, D.C., the twins’ father, Ziad Karram, an engineer, was born in Jerusalem and is Palestinian. Their mother, Iris Ivey, who is of mixed heritage, is originally from Alaska and has relatives who still live a subsistence lifestyle.

 “From a young age, I developed an understanding of diversity, minorities, and the plight of oppressed people,” said Kais. “My parents instilled in me and my siblings the value that, although we all have our personal journeys, those journeys are not all about us. Therefore, while my family has experienced hardship and tragedy, I was raised to be resilient and to remember the importance of the big picture.”

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 Zane agreed, adding how the power of film can illuminate those journeys. “What makes me most passionate about filmmaking is that it provides artists with a vehicle to share their voice and reveal truth, which not only contributes to the arts, but also to our global society at large,” he said. “As a filmmaker, I know it is my responsibility to shed light and truth by telling stories that cause people to pause and think.”

The brothers are off to a promising start. As members of the high school’s New Media Academy, Zane is program president and Kais, vice president. The high academic achievers, who rank 10th and 11th in their class, have developed broad experience in the art of filmmaking, video editing, digital imaging, and graphic design. While both like to write, Kais especially enjoys film editing, and Zane, cinematography.

The list of their completed projects includes two films named “Best Cinema Project” at Hollywood High School that depict each of the teens’ personal stories, and “The Panel,” a scripted documentary on the defunding of Planned Parenthood, which was a finalist at the Link Learning California Project Convention for best student project in 2017.

Additionally, the brothers have served as student ambassadors for the New Media Academy, and they were the only high school students invited this year to participate as student ambassadors at the Avid Global Services learning partners’ convention in Hollywood.

A bright future

After high school, the Karrams look forward to attending college to study filmmaking. The brothers are applying to schools on the West and East coasts, but “their dream is to go to the USC School of Cinematic Arts,” said Ivey.

“We’re very proud of them,” said Ziad. “And it’s wonderful they have the opportunity not only to walk with Kaiser Permanente’s float, but also to highlight the high school that has helped provide them a solid foundation to pursue their dreams.”

In addition to the twins, the walkers include other students who are part of Hollywood High School’s associated student body, dance guard and marching band; two high school representatives; and two physicians associated with the Wellness Center that Kaiser Permanente operates on the school campus.

In fact, three of the student walkers who are also in the dance guard – Johvonne Roberts, Ashley Spain, and India Williams – choreographed the group’s dance steps to the song, “Walking on Sunshine,” for this year’s big event.

Zane and Kais, both linebackers for their school, have been practicing the moves.

“The dance steps make it even more fun,” said Zane. “And all of us are looking forward to sharing the message of healthy eating and active living in the New Year, so we hope everyone tunes in to see the Kaiser Permanente float!”

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She’s spent 35 years in the spotlight, is an adoring mother, and has built an empire—but, as Drew Barrymore tells InStyle in her newest cover story, she has no interest in slowing down. The Santa Clarita Diet star touches on everything you want to know in the magazine’s February issue—including growing up in show business (complete with throwback photos and how she interprets them with fashion today), her life without a romantic relationship, and, when it comes to fashion, why she decided to launch her own line with Amazon Fashion.

“I kept feeling this burning desire to build an apparel brand for women by women, to explore something romantic,” she told InStyle. “I took it back to my love of tailoring and having been in a costume house my whole life. I have a body type that I tend to cover up.” she continued on in the interview. “So it’s nothing tight, not big and boxy, more of a fluid drape that feels like the ’20s, ’40s, and ’70s. Not utterly casual but efforted in its effortlessness.”

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(LOS ANGELES) — The biggest figures and institutions in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry in the wake of the huge wave of revelations spurred by allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

A statement Friday announced the founding of the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, a group that grew out of a meeting called by “Star Wars” producer Kathleen Kennedy and several other prominent women in the industry.

“The Commission will not seek just one solution, but a comprehensive strategy to address the complex and interrelated causes of the problems of parity and power,” Kennedy said in a statement.

The chief executives of nearly every major Hollywood studio, TV network and record label attended the meeting and agreed to found and to fund the group, the statement said. The long list includes Disney CEO Bob Iger, Paramount CEO Karen Stuart, Universal Music Group CEO Sir Lucian Grange and CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves.

The movie and music academies and many of the major agencies and unions that represent entertainers also signed on.

“The fact that so many industry leaders_across film, television, music, digital, unions, agencies … and guilds_came together, in one room, to explore solutions speaks to a new era,” Kennedy said.

The group chose as its chair the law professor Hill, who brought the concept of sexual harassment to national consciousness in 1991 when she testified during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas.

“It is time to end the culture of silence,” Hill said in a statement. “I’ve been at this work for 26 years. This moment presents us with an unprecedented opportunity to make real change.”

The commission said in its statement that it would reconvene immediately after the first of the year to hone its mission, scope and priorities.

The revelations about Weinstein in The New York Times and the New Yorker in October have brought on two months unlike any the media world has ever seen, with nearly daily allegations of sexual harassment assault and abuse that have ensnared some of the most prominent players in entertainment including Kevin Spacey, Louis CK, Dustin Hoffman and Russell Simmons.

Hill has been making appearances in Southern California in recent days before Friday’s announcement, speaking to a gathering of entertainers and executives in Beverly Hills last week.

She said there that she knew that despite Thomas’ confirmation to the Supreme Court, the issue would one day return.

“I never believed 1991 was the end,” she said, “and I was going to make sure in my life that I never saw that as the defining moment for me or for this issue.”


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Why Aren’t Hollywood Films More Diverse?

Why aren’t Hollywood films more diverse? The international box office might be to blame

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(THE CONVERSATION) In 2014, a hacker group leaked confidential information from Sony Pictures Entertainment, including a controversial email written by an unnamed producer.
In the email, which went viral, the producer questioned the decision to cast Denzel Washington as the lead in “The Equalizer”:

“I believe that the international motion-picture audience is racist – in general, pictures with an African-American lead don’t play well overseas… But Sony sometimes seems to disregard that a picture must work well internationally to both maximize returns and reduce risk, especially pictures with decent-size budgets.”

Many actors, activists and newspapers have raised concerns related to diversity in Hollywood films. Several organizations, including blackfilm.com and the Geena Davis Institute, now actively monitor and promote diversity in media.

But was the Sony producer onto something in raising concerns about the biases of moviegoers abroad? Is it possible that the lack of nonwhite and female lead characters in Hollywood films is driven, in part, by economic concerns from movie studios? Our analysis of more than 800 films sampled between 2005 and 2012 suggests the answer is “yes.”

Who’s in the movies

Research suggests that films suffer from demographic disparities.

In one study, researchers at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism analyzed the demographic characteristics of over 11,000 speaking characters in hundreds of films and television series released in 2014. Approximately 75 percent of all actors involved were white. Meanwhile, 12 percent were black, 6 percent Asian, 5 percent Hispanic/Latino and 3 percent were identified as Middle Eastern or “other.”

We looked at the top-grossing films each year from 2005 to 2012, using information from Box Office Mojo, IMDB, The New York Times movie reviews and Rotten Tomatoes. Our data include the 150 top films each year that were distributed domestically and abroad, excluding G-rated and animated films.

Just 28 percent of movies in our sample had a female first lead character. Only 19 percent had a nonwhite first lead character.
These figures are in stark contrast to the demographics of the U.S. population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 51 percent of the U.S. is female and 35 percent is nonwhite or Hispanic.

Consumer tastes

Recently, film studios have facedmore intense competition from independent filmmakers, increased globalization and streaming video sources. In this environment, film studios may be inclined to supply movies with characteristics that appeal to more consumers and increase profits.

Since international box office revenue is now more than twice as large as domestic revenue, the economic incentive for studios to cater to the preferences of international audiences is larger than ever. The top five international box office markets are China, Japan, the U.K., France and India.

Does consumer discrimination in these markets explain the underrepresentation of female and nonwhite actors in Hollywood films?

We analyzed the potential gender and racial biases from the consumer side through their influence on box office revenue, both domestically and internationally. We looked at the relationship between cast demographics and theater audiences, controlling for other factors that may affect a movie’s success, such as production budgets, release timing, genre, critic ratings and star power.

There’s significant evidence that a film cast’s racial diversity negatively affects international box office performance. By our estimates, a 10 percentage point increase in racial cast diversity leads to 17 percent less international revenue, even after controlling for key film characteristics. This effect disappears in the domestic market.

Similarly, adding just one nonwhite lead actor led to a 40 percent decrease in international revenue.

However, we did not find any link between gender diversity and movie revenue. Productions with a female lead character fared as well economically outside the U.S. as those with a male lead.

International audiences

The results provide convincing evidence that studio executives have legitimate concerns about the relationship between diversity and revenue.

The negative effects of nonwhite characters on profits could explain the racial disparity observed in Hollywood films. In that case, it could be argued that consumer prejudice leads to roles that favor white actors more, because the increased revenue is attractive to studio executives.

Most movies make a lot more foreign revenue than domestic revenue, but movies with diverse casts can struggle abroad, even if they are incredibly successful domestically. For example, 2012’s “Think Like a Man” made US$ 91.5 million in the domestic market but just $ 4.5 million in the international market. “The Help,” a 2011 Academy Award-winning period drama, made $ 169.7 million in the domestic market compared to $ 46.9 million in the international market.

This doesn’t mean that preferences of studio executives are not at all responsible for the demographic disparity, but it does suggest that market forces are at least partly responsible.

Consumer tastes are a likely factor driving studios’ preference of nonwhite underrepresentation in movies. The revenue implications of international audience preferences are simply too large for studios to ignore.

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article here: http://theconversation.com/why-arent-hollywood-films-more-diverse-the-international-box-office-might-be-to-blame-86905.

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In an explosive new investigation, The New York Times revealed how disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct was enabled by those around him. For example, at least eight talent agents from Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency were told about Weinstein’s conduct but set up private meetings between young actresses and Weinstein anyway. According to the Times, the agents told the women to “stay quiet when things went wrong.” One of the agents who once confronted Weinstein even acknowledged that “sometimes he was the only game in town.” The Times also reports that low-level staffers were “required to procure [Weinstein’s] penile injections for erectile dysfunction.”

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When there are certain brands (or trends) sweeping Hollywood by storm, you know they must be good. Hence, we take careful note of them to report back to you. Whether it’s that perfect pair of boots every model has been wearing or the affordable, flattering jeans that have built a cult celebrity following, we love uncovering those widely beloved, celeb-approved pieces.

We’ve written about the boots, jeans, and even sunglasses spotted on a slew of different celebrities, but what about clutches? They’re a party essential that should be both practical (meaning it can hold everything you need for the evening) and fashion-forward.

After a bit of investigation into some of our favorite looks as of late (both on and off the red carpet), we noticed that there is one brand Hollywood starlets consistently turn to for those party-ready, statement-making clutches: Edie Parker. And we definitely understand why. The brand offers the perfect selection of trendy and classic bags in various shapes, sizes, and colors.

So whether you’re attending a black-tie gala or a more casual holiday party, consider investing in an Edie Parker bag. Statement-making, practical, and celeb-approved? We’re already sold.

Scroll down to see how Kaia Gerber, Karlie Kloss, and Kate Bosworth styled their Edie Parker clutches.

On Kaia Gerber: Veronica Beard S/S 18 dress;Edie Parker Jean Solid Acrylic Clutch Bag ($ 895)
On Karlie Kloss: Elie Saab S/S 18 dress; Edie Parker Jean Solid Acrylic Clutch Bag ($ 895); Gianvito Rossi heels
On Kate Bosworth: Oscar de la Renta S/S 18 blazer, shirt, and pants; Edie Parker Lara Chainmail Clutch ($ 525); Prada Metallic Textured-Leather Pumps ($ 650)

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Jennifer Lawrence: It’s A ‘Misconception’ To Think Sexual Harassment Is Just A Hollywood Problem

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Comedian Louis C.K. admits sexual misconduct as Hollywood cuts ties

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comedian Louis C.K. admitted on Friday to engaging in sexual misconduct as recounted by several women, three of whom said he had masturbated in front of them, and television and film companies moved quickly to sever ties.


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Selena Quintanilla Posthumously Receives a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to Fans’ Delight

Twenty-two years after her murder, the legendary Selena Quintanilla has finally received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The ceremony, held on Friday in Hollywood, was attended by hundreds of the late singer’s fans who lined the famed Hollywood Boulevard for hours waiting for the star to be unveiled.

Stars like Eva Longoria and Edward James Olmos (who played Selena’s father, Abraham, in the 1997 film about her life) attended, along with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Her family, including her father, sister Suzette, brother A.B., and her widower Chris Perez, were also there.

“Selena was an angel,” Garcetti said before reporters and fans. “While she was taken from us way too early, we now have something permanent that generation after generation after generation can see in the most famous neighborhood anywhere in the world.”

Longoria also spoke about the fellow Texan and “Dreaming of You” singer, saying, “It’s beyond humbling to stand here on behalf of a person that I myself owe so much to.”

Tearing up, the actress said, “I promised myself I wasn’t going to cry.”

“Because as Eric said, this star isn’t only for Selena,” Longoria continued. “It’s for every Latina who’s out there, who has ever had a dream. Growing up there was no reflection of me anywhere, not on TV, not in movies, not in music, and it was as if someone like me didn’t exist in American mainstream.”

“That all changed when a bright, young singer named Selena came and changed the landscape of music entertainment,” Longoria said.

Suzette helped in the preparation of her sister’s star, and spoke as she accepted the award in honor of her sister and family.

“I feel like we’ve crossed different generations. We’re now in a whole new generation of millennials and I’m very grateful on behalf of my family and myself for them embracing her and finding her,” Suzette said. “I want to keep this short and sweet. I want to thank my parents, especially my father for having that vision and being able to guide us throughout our whole career and for teaching us that we can succeed as long as we put in hard work. I hope that sets the example for all of our youth that’s out there.”

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“I think Selena said it best, ‘The impossible is possible.’” she continued. “I’ll leave you with this, Selena said, ‘The goal isn’t to live forever, but to create something that will.’ And I think tonight is a perfect testament of that.”

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The late singer’s husband, Perez, laid white roses over her star. On Thursday night, he stopped by the concealed star on Hollywood Boulevard, captioning a photo on Instagram with, “Had to stop by, give a kiss, and say, “I’ll see you tomorrow.””

Quintanilla was murdered in a motel in her hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1995 by Yolanda Saldivar, who worked as a manger of the singer’s clothing boutiques.

The star is a culmination of a busy year for the deceased singer. A MAC Cosmetics line inspired by her signature looks was created, once again proving her legacy was alive in 21st century pop culture.

Google created a Doodle on it’s search bar in her honor in October, while wax replicas of her exist in Madame Tussauds in Hollywood and New York City.


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‘Five Came Back’: When Hollywood Enlisted in WWII

Hollywood loves nothing better than celebrating itself, and the new three-part Netflix documentary Five Came Back is a veritable orgy of self-congratulation. The noteworthy thing is, all the love is well deserved.

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‘Hunting Ground’ Team Plan Hollywood Sexual Assault Documentary

The filmmakers behind The Hunting Ground, a documentary about the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses, will tackle the same issue in Hollywood following the Harvey

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Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lawrence and More Looked Hot on Elle’s Women in Hollywood Red Carpet

Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart and more women of hollywood stunned at Elle’s 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by L’Oréal Paris and Calvin Klein on October 16. From Edgy cut-out suits to sexy lace detailed gowns, the ladies have brought the heat to the red carpet — see their looks!

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Did Y’all See? The Dove Ad Some Called Racist And Terry Crews’ Admission Of Being Groped By Male Hollywood Exec

On this episode of “Did Y’all See?” the co-hosts discuss the now infamous Dove Ad, debating if it was racist or not, actor Terry Crews’ open admission that he was groped in Hollywood by a male exec and Amanda Seales telling Black people to stop buying Jordans and get their passports instead. Get into all […]

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‘Girls Trip’ PR Exec Explains Why We Shouldn’t Look to Hollywood to Tell Our Stories

Ryan Ford talks diversity in Hollywood

As the executive vice president and chief creative officer of Cashmere Agency, Ryan Ford is behind public relations, social media, and experiential activations for Hollywood hit films like Girls Trip. But beyond Ford’s day-to-day position, he’s also committed to providing solutions for multicultural creators to get the spotlight they deserve.

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Below, Ford exclusively shares his insights on the one debate that has circled around Hollywood for quite some time.

What is the biggest thing you’d like to see changed in the film industry and how are you working to make that change happen?

I’m constantly perplexed when movies like Girls Trip or Straight Outta Compton are deemed as surprise hits. Since the very first moment that films like that are announced, everyone that I know understands that they are going to be huge hits. I mean, like everyone. TV is the same thing. Whether it’s Netflix’s Luke Cage or Master of None or more traditional outlets like TNT’s Claws or FX’s Atlanta, shows that are offering viewers new and engaging yet wholly authentic looks at multicultural life shouldn’t be deemed as surprise hits.

Cashmere is a marketing agency that helps clients engage diverse communities through culturally authentic content. So, it’s our main focus to be able to anticipate hits before they happen. To achieve that? Just listen to the demos that you are trying to target. Or simply go to a barbershop or check in with Black Twitter.

What’s your solution for changing the diversity landscape in Hollywood?

The landscape has already changed. The entertainment industry is recognizing the value of diversity. On average, films with more diverse casts are outperforming their less inclusive competitors.

It’s clear what people want to see. It’s just that Hollywood is behind. Hollywood is good at doing something second. They don’t want to be first. It’s too risky for them. That’s why we shouldn’t even be looking to Hollywood to give us the kind of depictions that we are so hungry for. Social media is offering a new generation of content creators to thrive. And it’s not only the subject matter of the content; it’s the various forms that it’s coming to us in. Digital influencers are using Snapchat stories, or YouTube videos, or Facebook memes, or even Instagram carousel pictures to offer us visions of ourselves through new, always-on mediums.

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Harvey Weinstein Is Finished. Which Accused Hollywood Predator Will Be Next?

On Sunday evening, The Weinstein Company’s board of directors reached the conclusion that “in light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days… his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately.”

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