The era of DIY has created a societal shift toward the Web for entertainment. Millions of people now plop open their laptops or turn on their tablets to consume streamed movies, television programs, and webisodes. Sites like Blip, YouTube, and Netflix have formed digital oases, allowing us to watch network and original programming right where we are.
The good news is that the proliferation of cheaper, faster, and more efficient technology has stimulated a vibrant digital community for creatives of color. They no longer require traditional green lights to execute their own projects and share their stories with the world. Besides brands taking notice, media entities from Hulu to Google TV have realized that there is viability and potential profitability in original Web-based programming created by people of color. This year, stand-out examples of this kind of programming include the breakout hit The Mis-Adventures of an Awkward Black Girl, produced by and starring Issa Rae; Milk + Honey, executive produced by Golden Globe winner Idris Elba; and Lenox Avenue produced by and starring Harlem based actor Al Thompson.