Ronan Farrow Daily   |  February 28, 2014

A race problem at the Oscars?

Monique Coleman and Jamilah King join to discuss race, the Oscars, and Paula Deen comparing herself to gay football player Michael Sam.

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>>> and we're back now with our remarkable daily panel and a look at the color of success . not the best writing on the show, can you tell us some slack. this panel is the best and we'll look at diversity from the lack of it among the folks who decide the year's best films to a famous white lady fighting to get her name back after using the n world. joining us, jameela king and monique coleman , a multiplatform community founder. thank you so much for being here. it's always a pleasure to see you knmonique. let's start out with race in the entertainment industry . there's a statistic i found really interest in the " l.a. times ", academy voters are 2% black and less than 2% are latino. i'll start with you, is that why we see so few nominees of color?

>> i think it's part of it, part of the systemic racism of hollywood . i think there's an interesting story about the actual oscar statue which is named after an undocumented mexican immigrant. he fled mexico in 1925 and he came to l.a. and established himself and he was the original mold for the statue, people of color have always been on the per ifrry.

>> we're kind of seeing a change because we have the " vanity fair " cover which is predominantly black , representing power players in hollywood and black director potentially winning best picture . do you think it matter he's british?

>> no, i think that's a really great point. we have to put it into a global context. african-americans represent 13% of america. and although we really want to be represented in hollywood . it's important when we're talking about diversity that we're really including all of diversity, whether that be indian or actually african, it's amazing about lupita, she's from london.

>> -- other than the fact she looks amazing.

>> she could wear a paper bag. love her. love everything about her.

>> she and other diverse actors are facing a battle. this was a film that had a subject matter that lent itself to diverse casting. we're not sure whether that would trigger a change in films in general. also being a woman in hollywood . monique, you have lived this challenge, one stat i loved was the "new york times" reporting that lead actors average 85 minutes on screen in this year's nominated films and lead actresses average 57 minutes on screen. pretty interesting, right?

>> it is interesting. the highest average was gravity, an uninterrupted hour of an dra bullock screaming --

>> being an embryo.

>> what do you think hollywood can do to confront that.

>> we need more women writers and more women in the rooms telling the stories and financing these films. a lot of the reason why a film gets made has to do with whether it's going to have global appeal and so forth. with all of the emerging -- with all of the emerging globalization, as far as people really needing to distribute movies worldwide, we have to represent women more accurately and more globally.

>> amen to that.

>> maybe you don't want to be represented by one woman in particular, miss paula deen back in the news.

>> oh, paula .

>> paula is in the news again discussing for life scandals and she feels she has o pressed and she wants to get her big name back like quote, that black football player who recently came out.

>> she's just the racist person who says repeatedly racist things to prove they are not racist.

>> let me challenge you. is that a racist statement. it's maybe phrased awkwardly?

>> instead of focusing on statements, she represents institutional racism . he was sued for employment discrimination and all of the stuff of her dreaming up slave themed dinner parties was secondary to the fact she was discriminating against black employees.

>> those things it's hard to argue on. do you think she can ever lose the association with the n word ?

>> it is hard to shake that. at the same time i'm from the south and from south carolina . i've actually visited her restaurant and when i took my grandmother and mother on a generational trip and we made a point -- before all of that. and i think being somebody who comes from the south, i'm exposed to people having diverse ways of speaking and --

>> that is such a diplomatic way to describe --

>> she's really in a hole and trying to crawl out of it. there's really not much she can do really to change the way that people view her. i think she's just --

>> proposal, maybe she should never ever talk about black people it's bad every time she does?

>> or maybe give money to the people who worked for her for decades?

>> has she not given contributable donations?

>> i don't know for a fact. you're trying to pay off the black people , huh? whatever she does, we're going to be very critical of her. and i try to send her --

>> paula , we sent her love and wish her the best but we don't necessarily agree with her actions and words.

>> absolutely.

>> switching to a more serious topic, president obama announced my brother's keeper to help disadvantaged he described as brown young people , specifically young american. which is an interesting transition in the terminology. have you heard that?

>> i say brown people .

>> but the president does, he has made sort of an effort to not talk slexclusively about black or brown men of color. this was a good step in the right direction. it's not all that needs to be done but a start.

>> he talked about his personal experiences and not having a father figure and that leading him to some down some shady paths towards drug use . do you think that kind of frafrmgness helps young people who are looking help?

>> i absolutely do. i think to deny the fact he's an african- american president would be ridiculous. the road to get him to this point is different than the road to keep him there. he has a real opportunity as a black man to really big a role model for america obviously but specifically for young black men to be able to look up to him and know they've had -- that he's had similar struggles and overcome them in order to become who he is. to really inspire and instill that and say it doesn't matter where you are right now but you can become whatever it is you want.

>> that's a bright note to end on. my friends, thank you so much for joining. we'll be live tweeting oscars over the weekend and have you back on the show.

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