Example logo


Award season begins in the entertainment world and with it conversations of diversity, equity and inclusion. We wanted to equip you with sources who can talk about the multifaceted dimensions of inclusive performance.

Please brace for an extended email of some amazing talent. We have not one, but three sources who have been furthering the presence of diversity on screens, stages and behind the camera.

Women and nonbinary filmmakers

Courtesy of Malakai


Pronouns: she/they
[email protected]
Phone: (424) 225-4432
Malakai is a director that describes her mission “to be a disruptor by telling world-building and fantastical narratives that turn archetypes of the Black diaspora on its head”. She is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Made in Her Image, which provides opportunities to women and nonbinary youth of color to create their own films, scripts, content and more.
An Arizona-born Afropunk with a deep love of technology and Afro-futurism, Malakai's short films have premiered at Sundance, the Pan African Film Festival, the Black American Film Festival, the Phoenix Art Museum, Reel Sisters and Cannes. In 2019, as part of the AT&T Hello Lab directing fellowship, she directed Postmarked. Her short film Souls was released that same year; she most recently directed all the episodes of the podcast Ghost Tape.

Shakespeare and race

Courtesy of Arizona State University


Pronouns: she/her
[email protected]
Ayanna Thompson is a professor of English at Arizona State University and the director of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. She is a Shakespeare scholar, a consultant, and an expert on race in performance, especially in Renaissance drama.
She is the author of several books, including Blackface (2021). As a theater practitioner, she has served as a consultant and dramaturg for several Broadway, Off Broadway and radio productions. Thompson created the conference series RaceB4Race to build a community for scholars and academics of color addressing race in medieval history, literature and culture.

AAPIs in Hollywood and Asian American studies

 Courtesy of Andrew Ge


Pronouns: she/her
[email protected], [email protected]
Twitter: @CAPEUSA
Michelle K. Sugihara is the executive director of CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment), a nonprofit professional organization that supports emerging and established Asian and Pacific Islander creatives in Hollywood through fellowships, consulting and partnerships with production companies. She is an entertainment attorney, film producer and adjunct professor for the Claremont Colleges’ department of Asian American studies.

She advocates for entertainment representation as the co-lead of #GoldOpen, a campaign that pushes for the opening weekend success of multicultural films. Sugihara is on the leadership team of Time's Up Women of Color and is a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theater. She is also an associate member of Cold Tofu, an Asian American comedy improv and sketch group.

Other sources of interest this week.

The Supreme Court has been deliberating on a Mississippi law that has the potential to roll back abortion access in opposition to Roe v. Wade. How exactly did we arrive at this political moment on the debate over women’s reproductive rights? 
Fatima Goss Graves is an expert on the law and women’s rights who has contributed to The New York Times and CNN. Graves is the president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, where she works on issues central to women’s lives, including income security, health and reproductive rights, education access, and workplace fairness. 
Sources of the Week on the news

Thanks to all who have been utilizing sources.npr.org!

Have any tips, suggestions or future source ideas?
Don’t forget to follow our Twitter
👋 Enjoy your week!
Jireh Deng | they/she | Diverse Sources Intern
You received this email because you subscribed to our list. You can unsubscribe at any time.

1111 North Capitol St NE
United States of America
Powered by EmailOctopus