On Tuesday, August 1, Netflix initiated and championed a conversation (#FirstTimeISawMe) about representation in entertainment. Netflix is creating over 1,000 hours of original content this year alone (Dear White People, Chewing Gum, She’s Gotta Have It, Orange is the New Black, etc.), which means, they are producing unique, layered and intersectional stories that shed a light on so many diverse walks of life.

Do you remember the first time you saw yourself on screen? Do you identify with any character on TV today? Seeing someone that looks like you and deals with similar stuff that you have to deal with is powerful, because you inevitably feel like you can conquer your issues once you see someone else on screen do it first. Don’t believe us? – ask Michelle Obama or Ava DuVernay.

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