The role of minorities in the entertainment industry remains extremely low despite the increasingly diversifying population in the United States.
A study lead by UCLA's Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies has found that minorities are not highly represented in Hollywood and receive less recognition for their accomplishments in acting. For example, no minority-directed or minority-led films won an Oscar in 2011. The study also reports steady figures for the popularity and recognition of white males for their roles.
According to sociologist Darnell Hunt and his team, movies and TV shows with more minority involvement do better at the box office and in the ratings. And that's the beginning of the disconnect between ratings and recognition.
The study found that from 2011 - 2012, 89% of broadcast TV shows featured a white person in a "lead role." Only 26% of leading roles are women.
When broken down by gender, the study showed that 66% of lead roles on broadcast shows were occupied by white men.
The number of women and minorities who had roles as creators behind the camera reflect similar statistics, with only 8% representation of minorities and only 21% representation of women.
More information on the study's findings can be read here.
An interview with the study's creator can be seen here.