This year’s TV season is being touted as the most diverse in years. But before this year, there were still black TV writers toiling behind the scenes on some of America’s most popular shows as they worked their way up to getting their own shows, launching their own projects or forming their own production companies.
A 2011 article on The Root pointed to the “Shonda Rhimes Effect,” a nod to the phenomenal success of the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, as a contributing factor in TV’s increased diversity—on-screen and in the writers’ room. Here are some of the top black TV-show writers working today.
The Visibility Project by Taelord•Existence
The Visibility Project is a stage rigged with a fixed spotlight on artists and playmakers of color and topics surrounding and related to visibility and representation, especially in media.