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Streaming TV has boosted on-screen diversity. But there's work to do behind the scenes

The universe of at-home entertainment choices has expanded dramatically over the past few years, which has become even more noticeable during the course of the pandemic. The list of streaming services now includes Apple TV+, Disney+ and Hulu, to name just a few.

Having more outlets for new dramas and comedies has led to more diversity, as a growing number of actors and performers of color are seen regularly. But advocates say further steps are needed both in front of — and behind — the camera.

Stephanie Troutman-Robbins is chair of the Gender and Women's Studies department at the University of Arizona and is also co-editor of the book, “Race in American Television: Voices and Visions that Shaped a Nation.”

The Show spoke with her, and she began by explaining how big an impact streaming services have had in increasing diversity on TV.

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