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Hollywood Walk of Fame Lacking in Minorities

On Tuesday, pop star Shakira landed a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the first Colombian ever to do so. That inspired CNN to do a little number crunching.

What they found is that of all 2,354 stars on the world’s most famous sidewalk, only 5.1% belong to African-Americans, 0.4% to Asians, and 3.4% to Hispanics, including Shakira. That’s pretty low compared to the overall U.S. population, which is about 13% African-American, 5% Asian, and 16% Hispanic.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce says it is working to improve diversity, and it has made some gains in that effort. CNN analysis “shows an upward trend of minority representation on the Walk over recent decades.” But as anyone who’s been to the movies lately can tell you, the Hollywood talent pool is overwhelmingly white. Until the industry start employing more minorities, on both sides of the camera, the Walk of Fame will remain a primarily Caucasian boulevard.

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