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Shondaland Changed TV

Today, we turn our attention to the media industry and the content we wouldn’t have if it weren’t for one groundbreaking woman: Shonda Rhimes.

Shonda Rhimes is a trailblazer in the world of television, hitting many firsts as a black female showrunner and breaking barriers in representation across her many television shows. rhimes churns out hit after hit, including Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, and now the more recent Bridgerton, to name a few.

Rhimes has been vocal throughout her career about filling her writer’s rooms and casts with people of all backgrounds in order to make her sets “normal.” That is, be an accurate representation of the real world. She is the first woman to create three shows with more than 100 episodes. When she brought Kerry Washington on to star in “Scandal,” she became the first black woman to lead a drama series in nearly 40 years. Shonda Rhimes was at the forefront of bringing diverse, accurate representation to our television screens and she continues to do so. In her Netflix show Bridgerton, which takes place in the Regency Era, she cast people of color in high nobility and regal roles, steering clear of the stereotypical trope of casting them in servant roles.

Her decisions as a showrunner have changed the landscape of television and without her it may be a very different place.

Watch the full episode on iWomanTV.

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