It’s strange to think that Amazon, arguably the world’s largest online retailer which serves communities everywhere, would have a lineup of original series that don’t seek to serve those communities.
Going off of the promo materials for Amazon’s 32 scripted series (see photo), only one — a show from India called Inside Edge — has a person of color in the lead with Mozart in the Jungle possibly filling the requirements for a diverse co-lead even though its marketing suggests that it’s told through the female character’s pov.
Female led series seem to fare better overall on Amazon, with strong, forward thinking women taking charge of their storylines. Unfortunately, however, for fans of Good Girls Revolt who had been lobbying for a reprieve of it’s earlier cancelation, that show will not be returning to the service.
Amazon’s rival, Netflix, manages to develop and stream top notch series like She’s Gotta Have It, Dear White People, Luke Cage, and Frontier. Even Hulu has East Los High, the final seasons of the Mindy Project, and their new ensemble Runaways which features the black male lead in its one sheet.
So what’s up with the lack of diversity offered on Amazon Prime? Discuss.