How is Hollywood Doing on Race?

HOLLNearly three quarters (73.1%) of all the speaking or named characters in the top 100-grossing movies of 2014 were white, according to Inequality in 700 Popular Films, a new study from the Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California?s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

The study examines gender, race and ethnicity in films since 2007?and its findings aren?t pretty. The report found just 4.9% of all speaking or named characters in the 100 top-grossing movies of 2014 were Hispanic or Latino, despite comprising 17% of the population. Only 17 of the 100 top films of 2014 featured a main actor from an underrepresented ethnic group. An additional three films depicted an ensemble cast with 50% or more of the group comprised of non-white actors. Of the other non-white characters, 12.5% were Black while 5.3% were Asian; a full 17 films did not feature a single Black character.?

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