I just want to say that this is why minority representation in the media matters. Mae Jemison was inspired to become an astronaut after watching Nichelle Nichols as Uhura on Star Trek.
Media is NEVER “just” media.
No, it’s never “just” media. Which is why we started The Reconstructionists.
TVGuide.com recently asked SNL cast member Kenan Thompson some pointed questions about the show’s lack of women of color. Kenan asserted he would no longer be playing black women characters for the show. Though that decision is a heartening one, his comments on why there remains a gap in the representation of black women in comedic spaces were less than progressive. Kenan said, “It’s just a tough part of the business,” he tells TV Guide. “Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.”
A group of funny black women decided to take on Kenan’s challenge. In this video, filled with vignettes and impressions showing off their talent. The end result is undeniable. Black women are ready for any stage.
this is epic
This was too good.
This deserves all the screen time in the world - and what’s fantastic is that this is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of black women to impersonate (Kerry Washington, Whitney Houston, the list goes on…)
WHITEstrong women. Write interesting women of color. Write well-rounded women of color. Write complicated women of color. Write a woman of color who kicks ass, write a woman of color who cowers in a corner. Write a woman of color who’s desperate for a husband. Write a woman of color who doesn’t need a man. Write women of color who cry, women of color who rant, women of color who are shy, women of color who don’t take no shit, women of color who need validation and women of color who don’t care what anybody thinks. THEY ARE ALL OKAY, and all those things could exist in THE SAME WOMAN. Women of color shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are whiteStrong. Write characters who are people.”
– me after seeing this post
Thank you so much to whoever made this.
(The other post that is linked above is a good one and I love a lot of the female characters in it, but when I saw it I didn’t see anyone who looked like me or any person of color and I didn’t even blink twice. I am aware of the issue of representation for POC and I definietly noticed that the post lacked any women of color, but that fact didn’t surprise me at all.)
The Athena Center at Barnard College aims to put women in focus. The 2014 Athena Film Festival is calling for entries with strong female lead characters. Enter before September 15, and you could see your film featured in February.
Go for it and dream big. Athena Center director Kathryn Kolbert suggests some of today’s most successful female directors for inspiration — Lena Dunham and Kathryn Bigelow both started their careers shortly after college.
“I think that says a lot about the creativity and innovation of young people today and how important it is to showcase their work,” Kolbert said in an interview with mtvU.
Just take it from the Athena Center interns, who put this clip together for your encouragement.
It’s not too late! Submit today!
The Twilight thing and a lot of these franchise attempts coming out, everything rests on what this girl will do, but she’s completely passive, or not really knowing what the hell is going on. And that’s incredibly frustrating to me because a lot of what’s taking on the oeuvre of Buffy, is actually a reaction against it. Everything is there — except for the Buffy. A lot of things aimed at the younger kids is just Choosing Boyfriends: The Movie.
Check out this beautiful short film directed by Ava DuVernay (director of “Middle of Nowhere”) - I got to see her at the Athena Film Festival and it was a great experience, as she is an incredibly talented woman. I can’t wait to see what she does next.