Hallelujah! After wondering the status of Iris West’s mother during all last season of The Flash, we’re finally going to meet her. Vanessa Williams (Soul Food) has been cast to play Iris’ mother in the show’s upcoming second season.
According to Variety, everything about her appearance is being kept hush-hush. I’ll admit I’m chomping at the bit to know more, but at this point, I’m just happy that we’re finally going to get more backstory about the West family.
Rosewood premiered last week as the lead in to the juggernaut that is Empire, and while the show looks like a fairly standard crime procedural at first, one look at the cast photo tell you this is not standard TV. The lead actor is is Black. the lead actress is Latina and several of the supporting roles are minorities as well.
Not your standard cast, is it?
Jaina Lee Ortiz, who plays Detective Annalise Villa, recently had a sit down with the Huffington Post about what it was like to be one of the very few Latina leads on TV:
My character is very Latina, let’s be real. She’s feisty, she has attitude, she is sexy but I feel that because of her range and what she’s been through as a person she can connect to any race.”
She draws inspiration from her father, an actual homicide detective in New York:
“I love playing Villa mainly because I draw so much inspiration from my dad,” she told HuffPost. “I basically call my dad up and he has all the answers.”
When I am watching a show that features a minority character, I often wonder how members of that minority feel as they watch the same show. Do they watch the show and think, “Wow, that’s me up there!” or do they cringe and wish the show had never seen the light of day? Is any representation good or does the type of representation matter?
Sonia Saraiya is the TV critic at Salon.com. She is also a woman who is a first generation Indian-American. So what does she think of Quantico and Priyanka Chopra’s character? Here’s the title of her piece in Salon this morning:
Priyanka Chopra’s “Quantico”: Cool, charismatic, complex Alex Parrish — the Indian-American heroine I’ve been waiting for
The new ABC show—pitched as “Homeland meets Grey’s Anatomy”—breaks new ground for Indians on American TV
Yup, she likes it. But not just because Alex Parrish is a Indian-Americna woman like her, but because the character breaks the usual mold of Indian characters she sees on TV. While she recognizes that Indians have rather easy compared to other minorities, since Indians are often portrayed as doctors or some other professional, as she says:
“…the subtext is that an Indian-American woman can be an American hero—or an American villain—just as much as the next person. We don’t have to be doctors or in arranged-marriage plots in order to see ourselves on television. “Quantico” is little more than a fantastical sandbox full of gadgets and car crashes, sure; but for once, I feel actually invited to play.”
So what do you do when you are a 15 year old girl who hasn’t been given very long to live and the Grim Reaper shows up on your doorstep? Well, if your name is Nadia Greene, you beat the shit out of the Reaper with your trusty baseball bat.
Can you believe Grace Jones is 67? We all know black don’t crack but this is ridiculous. Check out the cover shot from her autobiography:
This woman made a deal with the devil, I’m telling you!
The title of the book is a line from her song Art Groupie, and we are very glad changed her mind. This woman has been there and done that for decades, so this has got be a must-read. as the official description says:
“I’ll Never Write My Memoirs follows this ageless creative nomad as she rejects her strict religious upbringing in Jamaica; conquers New York, Paris, and the 1980s; answers to no-one; and lives to fight again and again.”
Do not stand in front of the train that is Shondaland, it will run your butt over. Shonda Rhimes’s winning streak continues with yet another new new show coming to ABC. The laest show is about doctors in Baghdad during the war trying to save the lives of wounded soldiers. Get this, the script is being written by Zoanne Clack, current producer of Grey’s Anatomy and a former ER doctor. Sounds like it could pretty authentic.
First Lady Michelle Obama is going to be appearing in an upcoming episode of Disney Junior’s popular Doc McStuffins.
The First Lady appears as herself on the series, when a group of children visit 1600 Pennsylvania for a tour. In a clip released by Disney Junior the First Lady praises the kids for making a difference in their communities.
According to Variety, the First Lady later appoints Doc McStuffins to the position of “official toy doctor” at the White House. Talk about adorable. [Time]
I wish I’d had this type of representation on children’s shows when I was a little girl. I’m so happy for all the little children of color who will get to witness this. It’s so important. Kudos to Disney and the show’s executive producers for making this happen, and a special kudos to the First Lady for agreeing to do it.
Check out the sneak peek below.
The episode is slated to air on Monday, Oct. 5 on Disney Junior.
With Starz’s horror comedy Ash vs Evil Dead only six weeks away, we’re finally getting a little information–not to mention some much-needed promotion–for Jill Marie Jones’ character, Michigan State Trooper Amanda Fisher.
Jump to 1:28 to see Jill Marie Jones discuss her character.