Bevy Smith had an important message to share during the Moment of Mazel on the July 6 episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen: @ Home. Drawing from her experience as a TV personality and radio host, the Fashion Queens alum spoke about systemic racism in the entertainment industry, in a video you can watch below.
“Systemic racism in Hollywood is as old as silent movies,” said Bevy. “In the 15 years that I’ve worked in TV, I’ve never once had a Black director. I’ve only had one Black writer, and that was here at Bravo, Fashion Queens.”
Bevy went on to explain that throughout her career, she has often had to advocate for representation in the industry. She described the importance of making sure that stories are being told by the right people.
“I know on several pop culture shows I’ve been a part of, I’ve had to advocate strongly that they hire Black people as producers, because we were covering stories where the majority of them were centered around Black celebrities,” said Bevy. “And it really does matter about who tells your story. Representation matters. That’s the way we avoid silly stereotypes and tropes about Black people.”
Bevy continued by noting the importance of diversity across job functions of all kinds.
“So it’s important that yes, we’re on camera. But behind the scenes is even more important. So let’s end systemic racism in Hollywood,” she said.
"I was so happy to give the Moment of Mazel tonight on @BravoWWHL!" Bevy tweeted. "Systemic racism in TV means I've never worked with a Black director, I've only had one Black writer, the amazing @msLAS, and very few Black producers as well! Change has to come NOW, hire US behind the scenes!"
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