In 2012, Kerry Washington, star of the Shonda Rhimes-created ABC political drama Scandal,became the first black woman to lead a network drama in nearly four decades. Two seasons later, the series became the first on a major broadcast network that “was created by … Continue reading How can TV and movies get representation right? We asked 6 Hollywood diversity consultants.
After 56 years at Barbie’s side, Ken is getting a makeover. Mattel announced this week that it’s expanding its fleet of Mr. Rights, offering 15 variations of Ken dolls in three body types, seven skin tones, eight hair colors, and nine hairstyles. Like Barbie’s … Continue reading Barbie has adapted to the idea that all women are not the same. Now Ken has too.
Since Shadowhunters premiered on Freeform last spring, I’ve become totally besotted with one of its lead characters, Magnus Bane (Harry Shum Jr.). The nearly six-foot, chiseled, bisexual “High Warlock of Brooklyn” is a storm of gusto and glamour who draws … Continue reading Magnus Bane is an inspiration to every one of us struggling to be our true self
Supergirl’s premiere marked a major first for modern comic-to-TV adaptations. With Kara Danvers arrival at CBS, the Kryptonian cousin to Clark Kent became the first DC heroine to headline her own series. In an ever-expanding crime fighter spread that has … Continue reading Sharing the Skies: Why the Presence of Superman on Supergirl is a Warning Signal
From an improved trailer to Dan Aykroyd’s promise that it’ll have “more laughs and more scares than the first two films,” the most recent marketing wave for Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot may almost make you forget the wild controversy that’s … Continue reading F*** The Haters: On Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, Leslie Jones and Internet Criticism
One young girl is tackling the lack of diversity in children’s literature head on. Marley Dias, an 11-year-old girl from New Jersey, has started a campaign to collect 1,000 children’s books that feature black girl protagonists. The idea came to … Continue reading 11-Year-Old New Jersey Girl Starts the #1000BlackGirlBooks Campaign
It seems pretty weird that a board game featuring North America’s top grossing film of all timewouldn’t include the movie’s main character, but that’s exactly what Hasbro did. After the multinational toy and board games company released the special edition … Continue reading Hasbro Announces Plans to Add Rey to its Force Awakens Monopoly Game
My love affair with TV has been a decade long and from the beginning, I’ve been bombarded with the idea that the love of a man (especially romantic love), is an important part of any woman’s life. Continue reading Jane the Virgin, Romantic Triangles and Giving Female Characters the Agency They Deserve