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A recent study suggests that diversity in casting is good for TV ratings. Is Hollywood getting the message? The people behind the study are not so sure, noting that while minorities represent about 37 percent of the U.S. population, we account for just 15 percent of the lead roles on cable TV, and 11 percent of such roles on broadcast shows.

Still, many see an upward trend in blacks being cast on TV, including actress Kearran Giovanni, of TNT’s “Major Crimes.”  While speaking with Roland Martin on NewsOne Now she said that more and more television characters are being created without a specific race in mind.

“I think a lot of writers and producers and networks [considering] auditions and roles not just specifically for Caucasian or specifically this, but saying this role could be anyone,” said Giovanni. Hear what else she had to say, in the clip below.

Be sure to tune in to NewsOne Now with Roland Martin, weekdays at 7 a.m. EST.


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