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Episode 6: Representation--Why the Entertainment Industry Should Reflect the World Around Us

Updated: Dec 22, 2020

The question of whether African-Americans have been able to be represented accurately throughout history has been one that has been pondered for centuries. For this episode, Black Fam 2.5 will honor of the passing of the great Chadwick Boseman and examine the entertainment and media industries along with the importance of accurate POC representation.

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Bambi Haggins is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at UC Irvine. Her work explores race, class, gender and sexuality in American comedy across media. Her first book, Laughing Mad, was awarded the Katherine Singer Kovács Book Award. Her work has been published in Cinema Journal, Framework, Ms., and The New York Times as well as several edited collections. Haggins wrote Showtime's Why We Laugh: Funny Women and was historical consultant/onscreen talent for HBO’s Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley (both 2013). Haggins is currently editing “TV Memories: Letters to Our Televisual Past,” in which scholars reflect upon their personal experiences as television viewers, and she is beginning a project about comedy, Black culture and reception in Las Dias de Rona. Her research interests include comedy, television, history, issues of representation, and Black cultural production.

Lauren Washington is a third-year at Northwestern University from Kansas City, MO studying Radio, Television, and Film with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She tells stories that intentionally represent people, ideas, and cultures using creative platforms. As a young rising film director and screenwriter, Washington is passionate about storytelling while simultaneously bringing new voices and stories to the forefront.

Washington's work is rooted in her experiences as a Black woman and exploring characters with complex desires or backgrounds that allow society to explore human nature/psychology. She enjoys conflicts that deal with reimagining oppressive worlds and examining the extensive dimensions of blackness.

Washington is a multi-genre creative entrepreneur and specializes in numerous creative fields including photography and cinematography. Aside from her filmmaking endeavors, she has shot album covers, worked on treatments, music videos, creative directed photography campaigns, and more. She is the co-founder of Project FILO (; a service that is for artists and by artists aiming to create a new paradigm in all creative industries. She is recognized as a "Woman to Watch" in the 2020 issue of Northwestern's Dialogue Magazine within Northwestern University's School of Communication.

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