Our mission at Mediaversity is to diversify onscreen representation. While no story will ever be an exact microcosm of the United States—nor should it be—our reviews strive to be a tool for people who want to think pro-actively about the media they're watching instead of passively consuming it.
So when we say “diversify”, what does that mean? Let’s look to the real world for pointers:
51% of the U.S. population is female
39% of the U.S. population is people of color
19% of the U.S. population has a physical or mental disability
5% of the U.S. population, ages 18 and over, identify as LGBTQ
Until the TV and film industries reflect the true face of our country, Mediaversity will be here calling them out and applauding good work.
Mediaversity is the passion project of Li Lai, a visual designer and data nerd based in New York City. She is sick of randos on the street telling her to go back to China and wants TV and film to become the first line of defense against stereotyping.
Li is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved critic and has been featured in Variety, The Verge, CBC Radio, Chicago Tribune, and other outlets. She has also spoken at venues such as Adweek Europe or with the Women's Impact Network of the Producers Guild of America.
👩🏾🇺🇸 Joi Childs is a brand marketer, freelance writer, and sarcasm enthusiast. Born and Raised in NYC, she loves writing and talking about the intersection of marketing and nerd life. Her work has appeared at The Hollywood Reporter, The Verge, Okayplayer, and many other outlets. Follow her on social media to keep up with her great adventures in cinema and more.
👨🏾🇺🇸 Robert Daniels is a film critic and founder of 812filmreviews. His writing has been featured in RogerEbert.com, The Spool, and ThatShelf, and he is especially drawn to divisive movies (because he craves conflict).
👩🏽🇺🇸🌈 Ruksana Faraon writes film reviews, media crit, and weird fiction. She loves bright colors, worldbuilding, punchy dialogue, trees, cold weather, warm people, and stories about queer women.
👩🏾🇺🇸 Monique Jones is an entertainment journalist, blogger, and founder of JUST ADD COLOR, a multicultural pop culture site. Her writing has been featured on Ebony.com, Comic Book Resources, Entertainment Weekly's Community Blog, The Miami New Times, and more.
👩🏼🇺🇸 Dana Sloane is a fangirl and research scientist who started studying media representation after a graduate school paper advocating to make the Bechdel Test a network standard spun out of control. She collects DVD box sets of TV shows in the hopes that it will prove useful in the zombie apocalypse.
👩🏻🇺🇸 Mirelle Tinker is currently studying television, writing, and international business at Ithaca College. She has written for the Tempest and Darling Media.
👩🏻🇺🇸 Mimi Wong has worked in film and television. She also writes fiction, and is especially passionate about reading and supporting diverse authors.
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