20 times the entertainment industry was forced to confront its own racism

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Accepting the Norman Lear award at the Producers Guild Association awards, Shonda Rhimes refused to be called a 'trailblazer'. She said the diversity trail was blazed decades before, and called on TV creators to use their creativity. "When I came along, nobody was saying no. They were perfectly happy to say yes. You know what the problem was? I don't think anyone else was asking them. I think it had been a very long time since anybody asked or even tried," she said.

Accepting the Norman Lear award at the Producers Guild Association awards, Shonda Rhimes refused to be called a 'trailblazer'. She said the diversity trail was blazed decades before, and called on TV creators to use their creativity. "When I came along, nobody was saying no. They were perfectly happy to say yes. You know what the problem was? I don't think anyone else was asking them. I think it had been a very long time since anybody asked or even tried," she said. Photo: Mark Davis/WireImage

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