Hollywood in Color is a new podcast telling the stories of the stars usually left out of entertainment history — the people of color in front of and behind the camera who have been representing for over a century. Host Diana Martinez has a PhD in film and media studies and has written for Slate, The Atlantic, and Women in Hollywood.
Sonic Cinema: The Making of The Bodyguard
The Bodyguard, released in 1992, starring Whitney Houston in her first acting role and leading man Kevin Costner, was a mainstream film about an interracial relationship — with maybe very little to say about race.
Sonic Cinema: The Making of Selena
The movie Selena was without a doubt Jennifer Lopez's big break, but it was also the completion of singer Selena Quintanilla's much-anticipated crossover into American mainstream music.
Hattie McDaniel: The End
In the third and final episode of the season, Hattie finds it difficult to keep up as Hollywood and her community forge ahead to a new era of black representation and politics.
Hattie McDaniel: Winning and Losing
When Gone with the Wind was released, critics were flabbergasted by the willing participation from black actors to be in the film. Hattie McDaniel was at the center of this controversy. She really wanted the part, but she couldn’t foresee, or, maybe she just didn’t care, about the backlash.
Hattie McDaniel: The Beginning
"Mammy" is only one role of many that made up Hattie McDaniel's multi-faceted career. She was also a singer, a songwriter, a stage and vaudeville veteran, a comedian, and a radio personality. In the first episode of the season, we follow her journey from Denver, Colorado to Hollywood.
Las Reinas of Los Angeles: The End
In the last episode of the season, we look at Lupe’s and Dolores’ careers in the late 1930s to the mid 1940s, when both women leave Hollywood when it becomes an unwelcome space and place. Season 2 begins June 19.
My favorite podcast lovingly researched and produced. I really hope there are more episodes coming soon
PLEASE KEEP MAKING PODCASTS!
I just discovered this series and gobbled it up. I absolutely love this podcast, and it makes me SO proud to be a Latina. I look forward to more, also your new sonic podcast releases are a great pivot. Keep going girl, we’re listening!
Everyone, we need more podcasts like this, tell your girls, tell your sisters, your mami, your tias!
I’m very picky about the content I listen too: it has to be educational, not simply entertaining, have a well-crafted story and well-narrated. This podcast has it all. It touches upon the topics that even a well-educated person may not have come across simply because, as the author points out, history often leaves the stories of the minorities untold. Season 1 was such an insightful glance into the history, the social context and the enigmatic personalities of Las Reinas of Los Angeles. The amount of research that went into crafting these episodes is amazing, I feel like I just took an semester-long course at a liberal arts college. Thank you, Diana, for bringing these stories to life!