Is TV getting more diverse? Not by the look of this year’s Emmys via Lee and Low

Lee and Low Books put together this article and infographic regarding diversity at the Emmy’s. There were few nominations and even fewer people of color who actually won in their category. I love that Kerry Washington was nominated, but there was little hope in my mind that she would win the award (even if Breaking Bad wasn’t there to sweep all the major drama categories).

And I really, truly dislike the fact that the “Creative Arts” Emmys are a separate ceremony (where they give out the rest of the Emmy’s that don’t fit in the telecast) and aren’t televised. There, Uzo Aduba AND Joe Morton (from Scandal) won awards. I was deprived two very important Emmy acceptance speeches. And we were all deprived of seeing two fantastic black actors take home well-deserved awards. The Emmy’s certainly need to do better diversity-wise.

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This is a post by our literacy and sales assistant, Veronica Schneider.

It was no major surprise who the big winners were on Monday evening’s 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, with Breaking Bad totaling five awards and Modern Family winning Best Comedy Series for the fifth consecutive year.

Cary Fukunaga accepts his Emmy Cary Fukunaga accepts his Emmy

More importantly, the 2014 Emmy Awards really shocked us all by showing how progressive and diversified television has become.

Kidding.

We need to look beyond the fashionable red carpet looks and the Hollywood glam and instead discuss what is plainly missing: diversity. Diverse television may pull in viewers with hit shows like Sleepy Hollow, Orange is the New Black, and Scandal, but it isn’t necessarily being rewarded. In an interview with KCPP Radio,Darell Hunt, Director of UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, said, “So far we haven’t seen a translation…

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