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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Academy begins to diversify

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs made good on her promise to diversify the organization in the face of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Last week, 683 additions were made to the membership ranks of the Academy. Many names were surprising in the fact that they weren’t already members. Among the invited Read More…

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Hollywood fails women, minorities, studies show

HOLLYWOOD — With the Oscars coming up Feb. 28 amid a charged debate over diversity in Hollywood, a pair of studies released Feb. 22 by USC and UCLA drove home the point that women and minorities continue to be dramatically under-represented in every facet of film and television entertainment production. Minorities constituted nearly 40 percent Read More…

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Academy’s changes aren’t enough, say local activists

LOS ANGELES — Despite changes announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last week to its voting and membership procedures, local activists say it is not enough to account for decades of marginalization. Following the Jan. 14 announcement of Oscar nominations, which — for the second year in a row — saw Read More…