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August 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hollywood studios have failed to live up to promises to increase the number of Hispanics in films, according to a new study by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Of 3,932 speaking characters in 100 films examined by the study’s researchers, only 5 percent were Hispanics, despite the fact that they make up 17.1 percent of the U.S. population, the study disclosed. USC researcher Marc Choueiti said in a statement. "If popular films were the only way to gauge diversity, viewers would be completely unaware of this. Individuals from this group are almost invisible on screen." On the other hand, African American actors accounted for 14.1 percent of the speaking parts although they represent 13.2 percent of the U.S. population. Racial imbalance was particularly glaring among directors. Of 107 directors who received credit in movies in 2013, only five were black. They wee also all male and likely to direct a cast who were predominantly black, the researchers found.