Perry has led the evolution of OWN’s programming slate, focusing on premium scripted programming from African-American storytellers. In February, the network premiered “Cherish the Day,” an anthology drama created by Ava DuVernay. Perry also commissioned the unscripted relationship series “Love Goals,” which made its debut in March. She is a regular speaker at academic events aimed at fostering growth for women and minorities, and was honored in 2019 with WICT Southern California’s LEA Award. “Our industry must take a deeper look as to why our senior executive ranks are not as diverse as they should be,” Perry says.
The conversation about racial injustice in 2020 has been… exhausting, because as a Black American this issue and conversation has been happening for a very long time.
In what ways can companies best show a sincere commitment to diversity and inclusion?
Companies must hire and empower diverse senior executive teams and allow them the opportunity to find, nurture and promote an equally diverse junior staff.
What are some of the tough conversations this industry needs to have?
Our industry must take a deeper look as to why our senior executive ranks are not as diverse as they should be.