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Watching Luke Cage earlier I realised with pleasure that Sonja Sohn was in the show. I know her on sight obviously as a huge fan of hers from the Wire, but her voice is one of my absolute favourites. That got me thinking about other actors whose voices (and work) I admire:

  • Gina Torres
  • Angela Bassett
  • Mahershala Ali (also from Luke Cage and House of Cards)
  • Reg E Cathey (Also from House of Cards)

These are just a few and I’m steering clear of the obvious (James Earl Jones et al) but I have to say, there’s something about a sonorous, mellifluous, voice. I think deeper voices tend to resonate more with me, especially on women.

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Diversity in Creative Industries

There is a flurry of activity around the issue of diversity in the media and creative industries in Britain. I wonder if it isn’t influenced a bit by Steve McQueen’s success with 12 Years A Slave in the USA, where it secured numerous awards nominations. For a few months now there have been articles about Black British actors achieving success across the pond, and coming back to a higher profile and better jobs here: Idris Elba, David Harewood, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, to name a few.

I am not sure how long it will be up, but Radio 4 hosted a spiky discussion on diversity in the creative industries with actor Gary Beadle and Simon Albury, former chairman of the Royal Television Society, in which  Simon pointedly took the BBC to task for its own record on diversity.

Also worth checking out: The Runnymede Trust’s new Race Card site has some great posts, videos and debates on diversity in general.


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