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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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Why Didn’t I Learn Any of This in School: WGN’s Underground and My Lacking Slavery Education

Though I live for period pieces, I honestly don’t really like watching slave narratives (not that there are that many to choose from). So when I saw the first advertisements for Underground on WGN America, I was skeptical. I mean of course I was going to watch it, not only was the subject matter important, but we got to see Black people at the center of their own narratives. I started the first episode with both excitement and apprehension. I was immediately hooked. Though there have only been two episodes, I am confident that the show will continue to be riveting. Throughout both hours I’ve watched so far, one thought has been niggling at the back of my head: why the fuck didn’t I learn about this in school? Continue reading

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List of Tone Deaf White People Adds Jimmy Kimmel to the Ranks

Now I’ve never been a die-hard late night fan.  In fact, the only late night show host I stan for is John Oliver (Samantha Bee soon to be added to this list).  To me late night was always celebrity press tours and average looking White men being mildly amusing.  Since I’m not a normal viewer, I rely on Twitter Black Twitter to notify me if something worthwhile goes down.  Black Twitter never disappoints.

Hollywood has recently come under fire (again) for its lack of diversity in this years Oscar nominations spawning the return of the brilliant #OscarsSoWhite.  All this talk of opportunity, equity, and diversity didn’t sit quite right with Jimmy Kimmel.  He used his ample platform to mock the controversy, not to mock the Academy and their tendency to dismiss Black artistry, but to mock Blackness.  Continue reading

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Ryan Coogler is Black Excellence

Two years ago I had been itching to see Fruitvale Station.  While the rest of my family went to go see something that was probably terrible, I made my way into the old seats of The Magic Johnson Theatre in Baldwin Hills.  Though I had only heard rave reviews, I didn’t quite know what to expect from this small film from a new director.  Not only did the film blow me away, but I felt compelled to tell the world about it.  Many of the conversations I had in the weeks after seeing the film had some version of “Have you heard of this movie Fruitvale Station?”, “Have you seen Fruitvale?”, “Yo, Fruitvale Station though…”.  The film’s director, Ryan Coogler, proved to be a master filmmaker.

 

With Creed Ryan Coogler has done it again.

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White People Please Explain: Your Problem with Racebending

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Slowly but surely our media is diversifying itself (or as Shonda would say normalizing). While this trend is largely positive, it isn’t without its many faults. Further, diversity on screen is nowhere near reflective of actual American demographics, and diversity behind screen… well let’s not even go there. One of the last genres to make real efforts to diversify content on screen has been the comic book/ superhero genre. However, in recent years Marvel has made efforts to re-imagine iconic heroes as people of color (known as race-bending), and it looks like there are some shifts coming to the big screen. 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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