Kaleidoscope Reviews Launches to Promote Film Critics of Color

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Isaac Hernandez and his wife Crystal visit a line of crosses before a vigil for the victims of the First Baptist Church shooting, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A man opened fire inside the church in the small South Texas community on Sunday, killing more than 20 and injuring others. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Gil Robertson, the President of the African American Film Critics Association, today announced the launch of Kaleidoscope Reviews, a project to promote diversity among film and television critics. Specifically, Kaleidoscope Reviews will serve as a platform to raise awareness of the importance of diverse perspectives from the African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian and Native American communities in this process.

“As the entertainment landscape changes and more movies, TV shows, Web series and shorts are produced by or feature people of color, there needs to be a corresponding rise in the number of film and television critics to evaluate these art forms and interpret their meanings from their representative communities,” said Robertson.

This organization also fosters dialogue on the influence that people of color are making in the industry. To that end, Kaleidoscope Reviews will showcase and support these daring and independent-minded artists, communicators, writers, performers, media-makers, and influencers. In order to stimulate conversation around the changing world of entertainment, Kaleidoscope Reviews will feature articles about people of color from people of color.

Added Robertson, “Through our partnership with the students at Emerson College as well as journalists who are part of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment(CAPE), our goal is to empower the next generation of diverse media makers to become a creative force in the industry. We also hope to fuel the kind of collaboration and inclusion we want to see in our society, culture, and future.”

Kaleidoscope Reviews will curate the best content and share it with industry professionals through multiple media channels. Those interested in sharing their voices are encouraged to contact Kaleidoscope Reviews at info@kaleidoscopereviews.com.

The project will host its first of many panel discussions on this issue at Emerson College on November 8, 2017, at 6:00 pm in the Emerson College Visitors Center at 104 Boylston Street in Boston.