DEFINE Podcast: Conversations on Hollywood & Diversity – Episode 1: White-washing


The Young Folks is proud to present a new podcast that hopes to take part in the ongoing discussions on diversity in the film and television industry.

DEFINE: Conversations on Hollywood & Diversity is a monthly podcast hosted by yours truly with special guests Allyson Johnson and Melissa Berne. Our goal with DEFINE is to discuss diversity and fair representation on film and television in-depth. We hope to deconstruct stereotypes, inform audiences and do our part to help make our voices louder, so our demands can be heard and seriously considered. We want to encourage audiences to seek out better examples of representation, while also joining us in our fight for equality on-screen, as well as off-screen.

Our premiere episode’s main topic is white-washing, which is the most obvious method of cultural erasure that Hollywood often practices. We mention everything from Scarlett Johansson starring in Ghost in the Shell to Catherine Zeta-Jones frequent portrayals of Latino women (even though she’s Welsh). But we don’t just dwell on the negative. Our segments include the “TYF Spectrum Award,” where we each name an individual/studio who made a huge stride recently when it comes to inclusion and fair representation, and “SUPPORT THESE ARTISTS,” our chance to close out the show with recommendations of shows or movies that showcase diverse and inclusive values.

Listen to our first episode below.


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Join us in a few weeks when we have our first theme episode: Diversity in the DC Extended Universe. We’ll be talking about the new movie Suicide Squad, as well as past DC films and their popular TV shows. Thanks for listening!

Gabrielle is 27 years old and lives in Chicago. She enjoys writing about film, TV, and books, but occasionally writes about music as well. In addition to writing for, she also the editor-in-chief and a co-founder. In her spare time, she’s either watching more movies and shows or reading more books, while continuously checking Twitter, which she may or may not be addicted to… Feel free to email her your thoughts, ideas and questions.