The Importance of Intersectionality in the Entertainment Industry
Updated: May 9
I interpret intersectionality as different sociocultural groups intersecting in the public sphere. Cross-culturalization in the media has been long overdue in the context of modern culture. When we can see a vast array of different personality types, sexualities, and racial groups represented in our media we can form different perspectives and, if appropriate, associate ourselves with the media we are viewing. These can be tremendous tools for self-exploration. In addition to this when there is a vast array of different socioeconomic statuses distributed throughout the representation on stage–screen, we can connect socioeconomic status to other factors such as opportunity. I am sure many of you can relate to the sensation of discovering a character on screen that looked like you and felt like they were portraying a life you envisioned. This is important for children and the population to have a seat at the table and have an active–dynamic role in the story. When individuals of color take back the power to drive the narrative behind the works of art produced there is a certain authenticity that cannot be accurately captured another way. Culture, as its people are, is ever-changing, no matter how slowly it seems. These new breaths of individual expression weave the tapestry of culture. We should strive for intersectionality. Cultural expression through art is an imperative form of authentic historical preservation.
Isaiah Romero-Cordova is a professional model, working actor–musician, and contestant finalist for Broadway Bound Live Season 2. He can be located on IMBd-isaiahromerocordova, instagram @the_isaiahromerocordova_, and TikTok @the_isaiaromerocordova.
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