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5 Ways Netflix’s Master of None Is Saving the World—Or, At Least Saving Television

I've been a huge fan of Aziz Ansari's Netflix comedy, Master of None, since its first season. However, if you've inhaled Season 2 like I have, you already know that this installment of Dev Shah's story takes things up to a whole new level. What's more, it's exactly the kind of show that can contribute to saving the world. Or, at least saving television. **SPOILERS AHOY IF YOU'VE NOT YOU'VE NOT YET WATCHED MASTER OF NONE S2**

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CBS Tries to Defend Its Lack of Women and POC Because Listening to Criticism Is Just Too Hard, Apparently

Putting the BS in CBS

CBS' new line of pilots features all male leads, all but one of whom are white, and all male showrunners. But they insist they're 'moving in the right direction.'

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Interview: Geena Davis Eloquently Dispels Myths About Gender and Representation in Hollywood

It's no secret that we here at The Mary Sue respect and admire Geena Davis for her work in bringing gender and diversity to the forefront of conversation.

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Coal Mining Drama Outsiders Cancelled To Make Room for More Diverse Shows

WGA America just made a bold move to their lineup.

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Awesomely Diverse TV Shows on the Way From Bend It Like Beckham Director Gurinder Chadha

Instead of waiting for interesting stories to be told, why not tell them yourself? That seems to be the motto of Gurinder Chadha, best known for directing international hits Bend It Like Beckham and Bride & Prejudice.

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Marvel VP Said Sales Slumped Because “People Didn’t Want Any More Diversity”

"They didn't want female characters out there."

In an interview at the Marvel Retailers Summit, Marvel's Senior VP of Sales and Marketing David Gabriel said, "What we heard was that people didn't want any more diversity. They didn't want female characters out there. That's what we heard, whether we believe that or not."

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Mark Zuckerberg Whitesplains Diversity to Black College Students in North Carolina

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has been on a tour of all 50 U.S. states to reach out to folks outside of Silicon Valley and learn a little more about what their lives are like —and how they feel about things like community and tech, presumably to make Facebook better at serving them. However, at a recent stop at a university in North Carolina, a discussion about diversity became uncomfortable to watch.

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The Number of Female Protagonists in Film Is at an Historic High. So Everything’s Fixed Now, Right?

There's a lot of good news/bad news when it comes to representation statistics in film.

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Only 22% of Children’s Book Characters Were People of Color in 2016

According to analysis from the Cooperative Children's Book Center, approximately 22% of children's books published in 2016 were about people of color, and approximately 12% were written or illustrated by people of color.

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Airbnb’s Fantastic Super Bowl Ad Has a Message Donald Trump Needs to Hear


"We believe in the simple idea that no matter who you are, where you're from, who you love, or who you worship, you deserve to belong."

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Female-Led Crowdfunding/Distribution Platform Seed&Spark Kicks Off #100DaysOfDiversity to Spotlight Marginalized Voices in Film

[UPDATED 1/21/17 - 2:45AM ET With Trump's inauguration, Seed&Spark is kicking off #100DaysOfDiversity. Because they're tired of think pieces and studies on gender and race disparity in Hollywood.

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Interview: Like Cotton Twines Filmmaker Leila Djansi on Slavery, Black Unity and Diversity in Hollywood

Like Cotton Twines tells the story of Tuigi (Ophelia Klenam Dzidzornu), a 13-year-old girl who is forced into sex slavery as payment for father's mistake.

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We Need More Than Female Protagonists: Women Only Spoke 27% of the Dialogue in 2016’s Top Grossing Films

You would think that with female-led films like Rogue One making bank and Ghostbusters: Answer the Call generating backlash that we must be making huge amounts of progress when it comes to gender parity in film. You'd be wrong.

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No, Lee Daniels, #OscarsSoWhite Isn’t About “Complaining”—It’s About Change

Havo-dad, sir.

2016 might have been the year of incendiary Trump tweets and too many deaths, but it also birthed a new campaign—#OscarsSoWhite.

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Differences Between Hollywood’s Top Paid Actors List & Its Top Grossing Ones Raise Some Questions

Gender, race, and existing levels of stardom all seem to be battling it out when none of those actually seem to be what audiences care about.

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The UK’s BAFTA Awards Show Up the Oscars In Working Toward Making the Film Industry More Inclusive

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced new guidelines that should substantially move the needle as far as underrepresented communities within the film industry. If only the Oscars would follow their lead.

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There’s a New Con In Town: Black Girl Nerds and The Black Geeks’ Universal Fan Con Has Inclusivity Built Into Its DNA

While conventions have gone from being strictly "comic-cons" to incorporating all aspects of pop culture, sadly too many have failed to be equally inclusive of the varied races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, and body types/physical capabilities that make up the geek community. Black Girl Nerds and The Black Geeks are looking to change that.

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Here’s Why the Future of Virtual Reality Must Be Diverse

VR companies are trying to build on existing franchises rather than make new, diverse content. And that's a huge mistake.

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Dear Hollywood: Now’s the Time to Make All Our Favorite Characters Gay

A man who believes that electrocuting me will cure my queerness is a heartbeat from running our country, and if that’s not a good reason for Captain America to kiss a boy, I don’t know what is.

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Shonda Rhimes Speaks on the Power of TV in the Trump Era

"Words have power. TV has power. My pen has power."

The woman behind Scandal, The Catch, How to Get Away With Murder and Grey's Anatomy spoke up about the power of television while being honored at the International Emmy Awards.

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