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The podcast interview titled "Inside Hollywood - Black and Underpaid- a Story in Numbers" brought together Cheryl Bedford, Roni Davis, and Emelyn Stuart to discuss the challenges faced by women of color in the film industry. The conversation shed light on the disparities in pay and opportunities for women of color compared to their white counterparts. The discussion was led by host Floyd Marshall Jr., who highlighted the issue of underpayment in the industry despite the immense talent and contributions of women of color like Taraji P. Henson.

Cheryl Bedford, the founder of "Women of Color Unite" and the "JTC List," emphasized the importance of data-driven solutions to address the systemic issues faced by women of color in the entertainment industry. She pointed out that the barriers to entry, such as union requirements, disproportionately affect women of color, making it difficult for them to advance in their careers. Bedford's work is focused on breaking down these barriers and advocating for more equitable opportunities for women of color in the industry.

Emelyn Stuart, the founder of the October Film Festival and the Stewart Cinema Cafe, shared her experiences as the first Black Latina to own a movie theater in New York. Stuart highlighted the need for education and mentorship programs to empower artists of color to navigate the business side of the industry effectively. She is working towards opening more theaters and launching a business school for artists to bridge the gap in understanding the financial aspects of the industry.

Roni Davis, the co-founder of "Black Love Exists" and the hit series "Tough Love," discussed the challenges faced by women of color in the film industry and the importance of representation both in front of and behind the camera. Davis emphasized the need for more diverse voices and stories to be told in the industry to create a more inclusive and equitable environment for women of color.

Overall, the podcast highlighted the need for systemic change in the entertainment industry to address the issues of underpayment and lack of opportunities for women of color. The conversation underscored the importance of data-driven solutions, mentorship programs, and advocacy efforts to create a more level playing field for women of color in Hollywood.

As the conversation continues, it is clear that the industry must work towards greater diversity, equity, and inclusion to ensure that all voices are heard and valued. The stories and experiences shared by Cheryl Bedford, Roni Davis, and Emelyn Stuart serve as a call to action for the industry to do better and create a more inclusive and equitable environment for women of color in Hollywood.

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