A new analysis conducted by researchers at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, finds that people of color are underrepresented as characters in the 100 top-grossing films for the years 2007 to 2014.
The study examined more than 30,000 speaking roles in the 100 top-grossing films for each year of the study. The results showed that under 27 percent of all characters with speaking roles in these films were members of underrepresented minority groups. Only 17 percent of the films had a lead actor from an underrepresented minority group. In 2014, 17 of the top-grossing films did not feature one Black or African American speaking character.
In 2014, less than 5 percent of the directors of the top-grossing films were Black. Over the seven-year period, 5.8 percent of the directors were Black.
The full report, Inequality in 700 Popular Films: Examining Portrayals of Gender, Race and LGBT Status From 2007 to 2014, may be downloaded by clicking here.