Priyanka Chopra Could be the Next Big Thing on American Television

Priyanka Chopra may not be a household name in America right now, but she’s no stranger to the world of entertainment. After winning the Miss World title in 2000, Chopra has added numerous Bollywood movies to her resume and is one of the highest paid actors in the genre.

In 2012 Priyanka and her manager met Keli Lee, the executive vice president for talent and casting for ABC Entertainment Group, at a dinner party. As Ms. Lee named some of the actors she’d helped place through the company’s diversity efforts — Sofia Vergara in “Modern Family,” Sandra Oh in “Grey’s Anatomy” and Kerry Washington in “Scandal” Priyanka’s manager remarked, “Well, you haven’t done a South Asian yet, and we’re one-fifth of the population.” Well Keli Lee can now add South Asian to her list of racially diverse casting credits as ABC prepares for the premiere of Quantico next Sunday, September 27.

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Straight Outta Compton Debuts at $56.1 Million

The premiere of hip hop biopic about rap group N.W.A., “Straight Outta Compton” debuted with a whopping $56.1 million during its first weekend. The film was set more than two decades ago, but its themes of racial tension, poverty and police brutality still speak to moviegoers living in a post-Ferguson world. “The movie tapped into something in our culture and that made it more of a must-see,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at N.W.A members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre helped produce the film about the early days of gansta rap and were integral to its marketing campaign. The film draws a diverse audience and is likely one of the most profitable films of the summer. 

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Fear of the Walking Dead Integrates the Immigrant Experience

The much anticipated Walking Dead spinoff will follow the lives of different family units and how they cope with the zombie apocalypse in Los Angeles. One of these families will be a Salvadorian immigrant and his first-generation American daughter played by Ruben Blades and Mercedes Mason respectively. Guess the producers heard that Latinos are the largest ethnic group in California. Click here to read more. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)

Michael B. Jordan Responds to Critics

There has been a lot of talk about Michael B. Jordan playing the role of Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch in the upcoming film Fantastic Four. A lot of this is centered on the fact that Johnny Storm is depicted as a Caucasian character in the Marvel comic book series and Michael B. Jordan is African American. What do you guys think about this casting decision? Click here to read what Jordan had to say about it.

Will Lack Of Diversity Be A Problem At The Box Office For The Avengers?

Some interesting facts about The Avengers were recently reported by Hypable. “Five out of the six Avengers that make up the largest movie franchise in the world are straight, white, conventionally-beautiful males. That’s over 83% of the Avengers franchise headlined by people born of systematic privilege.” Will this affect your decision on whether you will support the upcoming Avengers film? Click here to read more.

Ethnically Diverse Cast Pays Off For Furious 7

Furious 7 opened to a franchise-best $384 million last weekend at the global box office, including $143.6 million domestically — the biggest debut since The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in November 2013 ($158 million). More impressive, its global bow was the fourth-best of all time. According to Universal Pictures, 75 percent of the audience in North America was non-Caucasian, generally in line with previous installments. Hispanics, the most frequent moviegoers in the U.S., made up the majority of ticket buyers (37 percent), followed by Caucasians (25 percent), African-Americans (24 percent), Asians (10 percent) and other (4 percent).
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Did Michelle Rodriguez Put Her Foot In Her Mouth Or Does She Have A Point?

Michelle Rodriguez was recently asked if she would consider playing the role of Green Lantern in a new retake film for DC Comics. She responded by saying she thought it was ridiculous for minorities to be cast as white superhero characters.

“Stop stealing all the white people’s superheroes,” she said. “Make up your own.”

She later explained on Facebook  that she thinks it’s silly to try to change superheroes to fit different actors, like turning a guy into a girl or a white character into a black character. She further elaborated that we should develop new minority characters rather than adapting existing characters to be played by minorities. Click here to read TheCelebrityCafe article.

Oscars 2015: Thanks For Trying

Sunday’s Academy Awards show enlisted the most diverse group of performers and presenters in Oscars history, as 15 minority presenters, including Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Lopez, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, Kevin Hart and Oprah Winfrey, took the stage to deliver the evening’s awards. However, the absence of any minority group nominees in the acting categories, for only the second time since 1998, shows that the film industry is not reflective of American society. Click here to read more.