‘Christmas Everlasting,’ ‘The Holiday Calendar’ And More Feature Greater Cast Diversity

Patti LaBelle stars with Tatyana Ali, Dondre Whitfield and Dennis Haysbert in Hallmark Channel’s “Christmas Everlasting.”©2018 Crown Media United States LLC

It’s a complaint Hallmark Channel had been aware of for years: Lack of diversity. While the network’s holiday movies are extremely popular, the vast majority feature white protagonists.

In 2017, William Abbott, president and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks, Hallmark Channel’s parent company, told IBT Times that the company planned to improve its diversity in movies in the future, saying the network had recognized the problem and worked to improve it.

This year, Hallmark chose a movie with a largely African-American cast, Christmas Everlasting, for its coveted Thanksgiving weekend premiere. The movie…

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