Friday, July 31, 2015

Latinos Are Everywhere, Except On TV. What's Going On?

If the current rate of Latino involvement in the media were to play out as it has, it would take 60 years for Latinos in lead film roles to match their share of the U.S. population. It would take 100 years to do the same in TV. But even at that point, the Latino population would have already doubled.
Put more bluntly, if U.S. Latinos annexed themselves and founded their own country, they would comprise the 14th largest economy in the world, with $1.6 trillion in buying power.
Latinos make up 17 percent of the population. And they're young, about a decade younger than the average White American. They tune into radio more regularly. They buy movie tickets more often. So why are there so few Latinos still on TV and in film? 
Check out this article by J. Weston Shippen (with contributions from Janie Boschma) in the website of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), which highlights Frances Negrón-Muntaner's report with Columbia University entitled The Latino Media Gap, by clicking here

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