GLAAD Media Award winner and Gold House A100 honoree and former Deadline editor Dino-Ray Ramos today is launching the online publication DIASPORA (thediasporatimes.com)
. DIASPORA, a Hollywood “trade adjacent,” will be the voice for marginalized communities in film, TV and media shining a definitive, authentic spotlight on people of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, women, the disabled community and other historically underrepresented voices. Ramos is considered one of the most important Asian voices in the country.
DIASPORA’s goal is to become the leader and primary destination for news covering multicultural film, TV, media and culture in the entertainmentindustry -- all coming from underrepresented voices who can bring a different perspective from the normal, white, cis, hetero lens that dominates today’snewsrooms.
“I’ve been a journalist for two decades and I have witnessed underrepresented voices in the newsroom and in Hollywood that haven’t prominently been heard in the way they deserve. I have used my voice in service to other publications and have been offered a ‘seat at the table’ throughout my career – but it’s time to change that in a major way. We are building that table now,” said Ramos.
DIASPORA is a digital publishing platform for film and TV industry newsthat will not only curate news stories focusing on multicultural and diverse representation but will also provide comprehensive stories that readers will not find anywhere else.
DIASPORA provides a platform for veteran journalists from underrepresented communities to report and write freely in a viable and safe space. Readers can expect to see top multicultural industry trends and opinion pieces from critical greenlight decision-makers in the industry.
DIASPORA launches with the following stories: “The Great Awards Show Reformation: Hollywood Accolades And White Validation” and “A Journey Of Microaggressions And Casual Racism In The Television Critics Association”.
In addition, DIASPORA features an interview with M88 co-founders Charles D. Kingand Phillip Sun and how their full-service representation firm is changing the storytelling landscape.
The advisory board for DIASPORA includes a roster of journalists and writers who are doing the work to help bolster diversity. The roster includes FANTI podcast co-host and journalist Jarrett Hill; Angry Asian Man founder Phil Yu; director and writer Felicia Pride; sociologist and author of Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism Nancy Wang Yuen, PhD.; political strategist, storyteller, artist Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed; film critic Zaki Hasan; journalist and author of Orientation (Marvel’s Avenger’s Assembly #1) Preeti Chhibber; and journalist Malcolm Venable.
In an industry craving diversity and where inclusive and representative narratives have proven to be monetarily successful at the box office and on television, DIASPORA offers comprehensive information, news, tools and services that will help answer your questions, address pertinent issues and fulfillyourneeds about everything under the umbrella of diversity and representation.
DIASPORA will later expand to consulting, podcasts and video content.
ABOUT DINO-RAY RAMOS
Based in Los Angeles, Dino-Ray Ramos served as the Associate Editor at Deadline Hollywood where he reported on inclusion, diversity and representation in film and TV. He is the creator, co-host and producer of the GLAAD Media Award-winning New Hollywood Podcast which shines a spotlight on people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community and other underrepresented voices in film and television.
A Texas native and first generation Filipino American, Dino has worked as film and TV reporter and editor for nearly 20 years, having worked for the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. He has also contributed to Vogue, Entertainment Tonight, Bustle, Paste, among other publications. He is a member of The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics and is a member of Gold House’s #Gold Open advisory council and was named as part of the A100 List in 2020 which recognizes the most impactful Asians in the country.