Magazine article Variety

A Question of Diversity

Magazine article Variety

A Question of Diversity

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Shows like "Empire,*' "How to Get Away With Murder" and "Black-lsh" (below) are the year's most promising, but John Ridley worries that TV has been down this road before and not hit the finish line.

"I have mixed emotions," he says. "Certain- ly as a viewer, as a person of color, I'm excited about It. They're all very different kinds of shows - drama, sitcoms, frothier material, weightier material. But I've also lived through this time in a couple of Iterations, with 'The Cosby Show1 and 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air1 and 'Martin.' There were all these moments, whether in television or film, when peo- ple said, 'Things have changed.' But they've always come in fits and starts."

Ridley Is concerned that while many focus on the programs' diversity, they're ignoring what the series actually represent. …

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