Oprah: Empire Opened Door for Diversity in TV

Oprah: Empire Opened Door for Diversity in TV

How Blacks on the silver screen help women behind-the-scenes.

Published October 17, 2015

Seeing Cookie every week is not just good TV.

Actress Taraji P. Henson –– and the entire Lee Daniels directed cast –– is actually changing the face of diversity behind-the-lens, says Oprah.

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Following up her acceptance speech at the Variety Power of Women luncheon this month, the media mogul revealed, "it feels to me like something happened in the past year, particularly with the success of Empire ... Empire proving that a cast with predominant African-Americans and all kinds of diversity in writers could have the kind of exposure and success that it has has opened the door in a way for that conversation that we had never had before."

She adds, "Hollywood should be hiring more women directors ... I always felt this way, you don't need a quota if you have a conscious." 

Diddy recognizes. Word is, he's in talks to keep the diversity building in Tinsletown via his first made-for-TV comedy, The Hustle, based on the life of one of his female assistants.

Rewind! Relive the Bad Boy Family Reunion at the 2015 BET Awards in the video above.

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Written by BET-Staff

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