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Golden Globes Around The World Podcast: Kyle Bowser

Kyle Bowser – the Senior Vice President of the Hollywood bureau of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) – is very familiar with the acronym DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion). Fiercely committed to all of them, he’s still questioning where it all fits in with Hollywood today.

“To me, diversity means the room is filled with people who don’t all look the same and inclusion means you’ve got this diverse room and you’re actually now integrating that spectrum of humanity into the planning that you’re doing. But the question mark is this equity piece, because to whom is equity owed?” he asks HFPA President Helen Hoehne in a new episode of our Golden Globes Around the World podcast.

“African Americans have made long-standing contributions to culture and to industry and Hollywood has certainly benefited from African American culture but to what extent has Hollywood paid the community back for the contributions it has historically made? It may be an incalculable question, but we’ve got to start digging and figure out a way to acknowledge contributions made by so many.”

In his wide-ranging conversation with Hoehne, the Philadelphia native talks about the history of the 113-year-old organization, how he envisions the newly announced HFPA/NAACP initiative, Reimagine Coalition, and of course can’t avoid a question about that slap heard around the world.