Halle Berry Breaks Silence About Oscars Diversity: Movies Are “Not Truthful” About Black People

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Halle Berry Oscars Diversity

By Michael Lewittes

Halle Berry Oscars Diversity

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Halle Berry broke her silence on Tuesday about Hollywood’s lack of diversity, saying the problem is not inclusion or diversity, but rather the movies coming out “Hollywood aren’t truthful.” As Gossip Cop has been reporting, diversity has become a big issue since, for the second year in a row, no people of color were nominated for acting Oscars

Berry, the sole black woman to win an Academy Award in the lead actress category for her work in Monster’s Ball, told the audience at an AOL’s Makers Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, that movies today do not accurately portray the role of people of color in our everyday lives. She said the reason films are “not truthful these days is they aren’t really depicting the importance and the involvement and the participation of people of color in our American culture.” Berry noted, “Our cities are filled with black and brown people, and many times, unfortunately, we see films that are set in Chicago, New York, Atlanta, big metropolitan cities, and they’re devoid of people of color.”

She further expressed, “When we really live up to our responsibility and challenge ourselves to be truthful, and tell the truth in our storytelling, then people of color will be there in a real competitive way, and it won’t be about inclusion or diversity because, if we’re telling the truth, inclusion and diversity will be a byproduct of the truth.” Berry also lamented that her Oscar win 15 years ago didn’t result in more black women being cast as film leads, and blamed moviemakers for being narrow sighted when creating parts.

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