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Don’t fall for the ‘deception’: Lack of Blacks on TV still a ‘scandal’

Network shows with African American female leads don’t come close to true diversity, experts say
 
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Meagan Good (Deception) and Kerry Washington (Scandal) are two Black women who are starring in their respective prime-time dramas. LL Cool J co-stars in another network series. And Jada Pinkett Smith was executive producer and star of her own series on cable for three seasons. “They are few and far between when it comes to Black voices or the Black perspective” on television, declares Southern Illinois University Media Professor Beverley Love. “It’s sad that we don’t have more, and I am not sure why it is.”

The characters Good and Washington play on their shows recently were debated on The Root.com. Continue Reading →

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