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There is finite room in the top ranks of L.A.’s leading improv and sketch comedy groups, and the performers selected have long been white  https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-07-13/groundlings-ucb-upright-citizens-brigade-systemic-racism 

Past and present comedians, teachers, students and administrators at UCB and the Groundlings revealed their experiences of racial bias  https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-07-13/groundlings-ucb-upright-citizens-brigade-systemic-racism 

A former Black administrator at the Groundlings said a wall celebrating comedians in the lobby said so much about the theatre  https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-07-13/groundlings-ucb-upright-citizens-brigade-systemic-racism 

Kelly Park, who used to work for the Groundlings, called the group “the Whitelings” and said she endured pain and humiliation while trying recruit and retain BIPOC students  https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-07-13/groundlings-ucb-upright-citizens-brigade-systemic-racism 

Other areas in the entertainment industry are having a racial reckoning. Black writers say they lack opportunities for advancement in Hollywood  https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2020-06-24/black-writers-are-getting-hired-but-they-arent-getting-promoted 

We talked to many entertainment industry professionals who revealed horrific experiences in their careers  https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2020-06-16/black-filmmakers-and-executives-speak-out-on-george-floyd-and-hollywood 

An L.A. entertainment firm says it supports Black Lives Matter.

Former Black employees were quick to point out how it treated them  https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2020-06-29/black-former-employees-allege-racism-at-digital-brand-architects 


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