MediaVillage's First-Ever Roundtable Discussion featuring Four Indigenous Actors Speaking about the Evolution of Roles for Native Americans
NEW YORK, Nov. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Multicultural TV Talk from MediaVillage.com today debuts its first Indigenous actors roundtable discussion. Hosted by MediaVillage columnist Juan Ayala, the program features four actors giving us candid insights into what it means to be Native American in the entertainment industry today.
MediaVillage debuts first all Indigenous actors roundtable discussion hosted by Multicultural TV columnist Juan Ayala.
The special roundtable edition of Multicultural TV Talk features Rainbow Dickerson, from the award-winning film Beans; Isabella Leblanc from the upcoming Pet Sematary prequel on Paramount+; Amber Midthunder from The CW's Roswell, New Mexico; and D'Pharoah Woon-a-tai from the critically-acclaimed FX on Hulu series Reservation Dogs.
"These incredible four actors discuss the severe lack of Indigenous representation across media while celebrating recent strides in the right direction, as well as their desire for less suffering and more joy in Indigenous stories, and the changes they wish to see for more inclusive entertainment and media industries," explains Ayala.
Highlights of questions and excerpts are below:
Rainbow: Culture is evolving. Culture for me is connecting to who you are, who you have been in the past and your ancestors; embracing who you are now and moving that forward into the future.
Isabella: ABC made for TV movie called "DreamKeeper." It rocked my world because not only was it filled with Native people, Native actors and faces I recognized but it was also filled with native stories from different tribes. Getting to see people who looked like me telling stories that reminded me of the ones I grew up with rocked my world.
D'Pharoah: Proud to be part of "Reservation Dogs" and that there is another project out there like "Rutherford Falls." I'm excited to see more comedy with Indigenous content and Indigenous storyteller because we are very comedic people. Other past projects with Indigenous led content were very depressing.
Isabella: We are your neighbor, we are your doctor, we are artists, we are so many things. We just need to be seen as that. It is a very weird thing that a lot of times we end up being seen as subhuman a lot of times in stories because of other people's ideas of our culture; because of long skewered perception of our traditions and our culture. That concept being corrected through new stories, new writers, and new characters – that is what I want to see.
Juan Ayala is a Brooklyn-based writer, podcaster and columnist at MediaVillage. He covers programming aimed toward diverse, multicultural and LGBTQ+ audiences under his Multicultural TV column. Juan hosts exclusive podcast interviews with on screen talent and behind the scenes creatives sharing their stories on how they are changing the face of stardom on entertainment and media.
Also in honor of Native American Heritage Month, MediaVillage's In the Loop correspondent Kelly Kozakevich highlights Three Indigenous People Who are Highlighting Their Heritage on TikTok. They are Zane Switzer, better known as @IndigenousZane, is of Nahua and Otomi descent; Verna Volker (@nativewomanruns) is the founder of Native Women Running; and Chad Lorenzo (@ashkiijosh) focuses on educating others through art and music.
For content created to explore diversity issues within the media and entertainment industry, visit www.AdvancingDiversity.org. For a direct link to the Native American Heritage Month Special Roundtable Edition of Multicultural TV Talk, go to https://www.mediavillage.com/article/native-american-heritage-month-a-special-roundtable-edition-of-multicultural-tv-talk-podcast/.
About Multicultural TV:
Multicultural TV is one of a suite of AdvancingDiversity.org programming offered on MediaVillage.com that also includes Advancing Diversity: Black Leaders Matter, Ask Gen Z, LGBT+ Advancing, The Age of Aging, The Pool, and WomenAdvancing.org. Hosted by Juan Ayala, Multicultural TV covers a wide range of programming, reflecting the diverse cultures across the US and the LGBTQ+ community, spanning from Spanish-Language programming on Univision and Telemundo to millennial and Gen Z driven series on Hulu, The CW, and more. For more stories by Ayala visit Multicultural TV.
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