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Fall Television Has Arrived and Illustrates that On-Screen Diversity Is Just Step One

Photo by Chaval Brasil

Photo by Chaval Brasil

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  There are several reasons to like fall: the seasonal wardrobe, the leaves changing, and pumpkin everything.  What too frequently gets overlooked in the frequent internet posts about sweater weather and basic bitches who like pumpkin spice, is the true gem of Fall: new television.

While others have been voraciously consuming Luke Cage (rightfully so), I have been taking my time and showing a few other new shows some love.  While there are several posts about Insecure, Atlanta, and Queen Sugar to come, I’d like to focus on Fox’s Pitch.  Continue reading

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Black Hair, Iris West, and Colorblindness on #TheFlash

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It doesn’t matter what the meta-human of the week cooks up for #TeamFlash every week, we can count on flawless hair and a dope outfit from Iris West.  When I first heard the news that a Black woman was being cast as a main character in CW’s The Flash, I was elated.  When television shows want to focus on diversity and more equitable representation, they generally take the “Agent Carter Route”.  This means White women characters that kick ass, and a man of color (generally a Black man), which leaves us women of color out in the cold.  In fact, we see this same pattern on Arrow, The Flash’s broody, older step-brother*.  Overall, I’m incredibly impressed with The Flash; I formed a real attachment with all of the characters, except Eddie (the personification of the color beige).  However, through two seasons there is one thing that has been niggling in the back of my mind: when do the Wests get to be Black? Continue reading

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Neighbors 2 Gave Me Hope About the Future of Comedy Sequels

At first I rolled my eyes.  It is no secret that I am no fan of the Hollywood sequel mill.  I thought the first installment of Neighbors was funny.  I laughed out loud  throughout and found out that there is a hotter Franco (HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS?!?!?!?!).  Despite my enjoyment of the first film, I was filled with skepticism about a sequel.  Luckily, during my daily pattern of scrolling through feminist online spaces, I found Katie Barnes’s review in Feministing.  After paragraph two I was set on seeing the film.  What happened in that theatre both shocked and elated me. Continue reading

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“Couldn’t See Me as Spiderman, but Now I’m Spitting Venom”

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The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA recently released their report on diversity in Hollywood. Their findings illustrate that Hollywood is still contending with large racial and gender disparities in everything from acting, to directing, to studio heads. In fact, even though we are seeing greater representation of characters of color and women on screen, these characters are still very likely to be written and directed by white men. These trends are further exacerbated in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and superhero films. However, recent news From Marvel Comics has many believing this is soon to change.

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