Halle Berry is the latest actress weighing in on the diversity issue in Hollywood and the Academy. Halle shared her sentiments during an onstage conversation with her agent, Kevin Huvane, at the Makers Conference, an AOL women’s leadership program. She stated that actors and filmmakers should tell the truth, adding
The films, I think, that are coming out of Hollywood aren’t truthful.
The reason they’re 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.
Halle says that there’s no reason people of color should be overlooked,
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. So I feel like 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.
In 2002, Halle won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the romantic drama “Monster’s Ball” (2001), which made her the only woman of color to win a Best Actress Academy Award to date, as of 2016. [Associated Press]