One stimulus that prompted Keith and me to do the podcast is that fact that you have rarely seen racial diversity in the field of film and theater reviewers on network news programs or other programming. Did you ever see a weekly African American film critic on one of the network morning news programs? How many times you have seen a black person on TV review a Broadway or off-Broadway play? When cable's AMC was American Movie Classics, did you ever see a black person as one of the regular film hosts? How many times have you seen an African American guest host or co-host on Turner Classic Movies? Early this year when ABC's GOOD MORNING AMERICA was the only place where you saw the live announcement of the Oscar nominations, neither one of the white male national entertainment reporters on the GMA set (Chris Connelly and Jess Cagle) knew that Viola Davis had just become a groundbreaker with her third Oscar nomination -- thus making her the most Oscar-nominated black actress in all Hollywood history. Nor did they know that Denzel Washington had just become the most Oscar-nominated black actor in Hollywood history. They mentioned Meryl Streep's 20th nomination.
Here's a short video I posted on YouTube two months before the Oscar nominations were announced on ABC: