Hollywood's diversity problem and the DuVernay Test
Spike Lee isn't going to the Oscars and the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite resurfaced after another very white Oscar nominations. This week, the conversation around Hollywood's lack of diversity took the form of the proposed DuVernay Test. Named after director Ava DuVernay — whose film Selma didn't get its Oscar due last year — the DuVernay Test is like a race conscious Bechdel Test. Others have also proposed a race conscious measurement for film.
The DuVernay Test has sparked a conversation about what the exact criteria should be included. We talk to New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis who proposed the idea. We also get some feedback on criteria for the DuVernay Test from Master of None co-creator Alan Yang, actor and director Jennifer Podemski and April Reign, #SoWhiteOscars originator and BroadwayBlack Managing Editor.