Lack of media diversity an ‘effect of slavery’, BuzzFeed beauty director

24 May 2019

As the beauty director of digital media giant BuzzFeed, Essence Gant makes sure its content is inclusive and sensitive – helping to balance representation and reflect diversity.

Growing up in the southern US state of Georgia, she recalls that she was surrounded by people who were “always validating her as a black woman”.

It was only later, she said in an interview with UN News, that she realized how under-represented people of colour were in the media.

Highlighting lack of diversity as a “direct result of the effects of slavery that we're still dealing with”, Ms. Gant told Ana Carmo what media needs to do to change the narrative.

Audio Credit:
Ana Carmo, UN News
Audio Duration:
11'2"

 

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