The current discussion on diversity in the sports and entertainment industry has overwhelmingly been limited to the perspective of those names and faces we see on the screen, on court or on the field. Rarely do we speak about it from the perspective of those doing the leg work behind the scene who represent entertainers and professional athletes, negotiate fair deals and foster relationships for future work. That conversation shifts now.
As the UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report 2018 recently noted, "as intermediaries between Hollywood's artists and its studios and networks, talent agencies play a pivotal role in deciding who will participate in telling the popular stories that circulate in our nation's entertainment media." That same report also noted that 96.7% of partners running dominant talent agencies are white, as are 90.8% of agents brokering deals. Not only do talent agencies play a pivotal role but so do attorneys, managers and publicists.
Diverse Representation is a resource guide that lists African-American agents, attorneys, managers and publicists working in the sports and entertainment industry throughout the country. Discussions surrounding diversity in the sports and entertainment industry need to be all-encompassing and include conversations about racial discrepancies when it comes to the representation of talent and professional athletes. The excuse of ignorance to the existence of equally educated and talented African-American professionals in the sports and entertainment industry is a thing of the past. Diverse Representation seeks to ensure diversity throughout all facets of the sports and entertainment industry.
Jaia A. Thomas, Esq.
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