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Diversity Boston | Wesley Morris

With a changing nation, why is TV still so white?

The movie and television industries are lagging behind the nation’s demographics.

LAST SPRING, I BECAME one of the people who went a little bit crazy when “Scandal” started on ABC. This was a big deal for two reasons. The first was that the star of “Scandal” is Kerry Washington. Washington’s the sort of woman who deserves better parts than the assortment of girlfriends, wives, and temptresses she has played.

With some actors, you spend so much time hoping for the best that it becomes a trial — is this the show-movie-book-record that does “it”? I just wanted whatever I was rooting for to happen for Washington — for the whole world to love her brainy approach to sexiness as much as her obsessives do.

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