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.
The conversation about equal access to education during the college admissions process — and the resulting bill for that education — were reignited after the New York Times reported Tuesday about a potential investigation by the Department of Justice on … Continue reading The myth that all black students get a free ride is just that — a myth
From pop-up procedural extras to galactic ‘Big Bads’, one thing TV has never been short on is black villains. I mulled over the implications of this during Underground’s first season and found myself coming back to it as I re-watched … Continue reading Underground’s Subversion of Villainy & Heroism Affirms Black Humanity
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
Luke Cage is the first black male character to lead his own show in the Marvel TV universe. The Netflix series also signals a major shift in the type of casts—and narratives—we see explored in small screen comic book adaptations. The … Continue reading 5 Times Luke Cage Was Unapologetically Black
Hollywood’s habit of (or insistence on) whitewashing, or casting white actors in roles that are historically nonwhite, has been an issue for as long as the small screen has been around. For almost as long, challenges to the practice have … Continue reading 5 TV Shows That Benefited from Racebending
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
Saturday Night Live alums Fred Armisen and Horatio Sanz have teamed up with their old boss and comedy maven Lorne Michaels for their latest project, Más Mejor. The new digital comedy studio, an offshoot of Michaels’ Broadway Video productions, has … Continue reading Fred Armisen, Horatio Sanz Launch Latino-Focused Comedy Channel
As a result of where we choose to live, work and learn, theft can happen more often, and certainly more often than we think on college campuses. Continue reading Will false allegations raise trust issues within the community?