4.15.2012

Black & Asian Media Progress and Successes!

Recently in America, Black & Asian communities have seen an increase in the amount of Black and Asian Actors/Actresses that have been appearing in the media through the years. Anywhere from commercials to TV to movies. The following are a few examples:



Bianca DeGroat (above) in a McDonald's commercial and John Cho (below) from 'Star Trek, both whom I'd like to personally meet and interview, are great inspirations.



There were times when seeing stereotypical roles that Black and Asian actors/actresses had to play were ridiculous and unrelatable to the averagpe Black/Asian person. It's great to see the growth and how far we have come and continually have to go.

Is America ready for a more diverse group of Black and Asian roles instead of the stereotypical parts that we have been pigeon holed into? How do we change what we don't like? Guess we'll just have to put ourselves in charge to make the change. In the meantime, let's support and celebrate our communities' successes and growth.

11 comments:

  1. We have to create our own representation. That's why I love YouTube. YouTube is a game changer.

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  2. It definitely is. I like how youtube gives people a variety of channels to choose from and watch instead of what the mass media leaders have decided to show us on TV. I barely watch TV anymore. :)

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    1. Robert, I heard that. Were it not for my desperate need of ESPN, I'd eschew cable totally. Netflix takes care of my needs.

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    2. I gave up on television years ago. I got tired of the foolishness. Like Hazel said; If we want to see positive depictions of POC, we're going to have to create our own production companies, etc.

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    3. I'm working on creating real, quality content infusing different mixes of asian and black cultures on different levels. I hope I can count on everyone's support when it takes off. :)

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  3. I've noticed marked increase in Blacks & Asians in American commercials. Asians are the fastest growing group in America, and Black Americans are expected to have over a trillion dollars in buying power over the next few years.

    Nice to know someone's finally paying attention. Took 'em long enough.

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  4. I admit to not watching a lot of TV and some movies and if I do,it would be world TV. I guess one of the reasons that I've stopped watching of this is because of the lack of diversity on it and the lack of quality programming. It seems that a lot of them have been replaced by crappy reality shows. I agree that people can watch better shows from YT than on prime time. If I'm not looking at that, I watch programs from other parts of the world on satellite. While these are great tools to use in seeing them, it should also be shameful to Hollywood what people are resorting to in finding good programs. It shouldn't have to be that way,but they give viewers no choice.

    For them showing commercials with interracial couples in them is a step in the right direction. I was talking with a friend of mine about a couple of commercials we've recently seen. One was an IKEA commercial featured a WM/BW, another( I forget the name of it,but I thought that it was for a school), had a LM/BW and a BM/WW on some of the Mormon commercials. We're like " OMG...they are actually showing mixed couples on commercials".That's something that I didn't recall too much of in the past. Yesterday, I was looking at a Honda commercial. Though the people on there weren't featured as an AMBW couple, I noticed at the end of it that the camera was focused on them walking out together.

    With more AMBW commercials/shows coming out, Hollywood should get the hint. People want something fresh , new and especially realistic. This is one of the reasons that Hollywood is dying a slow death because they are running out of creative ideas and they , as you said, want to dictate what is " best" for the viewing public. As long as they are running things without adequate minority representation, Hollywood will continue to be lame as it already is.

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  5. on TV I feel like shows start out diverse to draw in an audience then they slowing start writing out the Black/Asian characters, don't have any faith in the mainstream stuff, independent media is the way to go

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    1. Bingo!!!!!

      Set us up, knock us down.

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    2. I guess I'll just have to make some REAL shows where the Asian and Black Characters dont' get killed off and are part of the main story with dominant roles. WE got this!

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    3. Co-sign on every bit of this. Robert, I like the way you think.

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