Monthly Archives: October 2015

Jill Marie Jones talks ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’

Finally we’re starting to get some promotion of Jill Marie Jones and her character from Starz’ upcoming Ash vs Evil Dead.  She and star Bruce Campbell sat down with Comic Book Resources during New York Comic  the upcoming comedy/horror.

It’s also recently been announced that Ash vs Evil Dead has been renewed for a second season ahead of the show’s October 31st premiere.  So we’ll be seeing Jill Marie Jones’ Amanda Fisher on our screens for at least two seasons.  \o/

Ash vs Evil Dead premieres on Starz on October 31st at 9 pm/est.

Angela Bassett: “The landscape has changed in terms of color and sexuality — and it’s a good change.”

Don’t mind me, I’m just here for the GIF:

Angela Bassett, Currently starring on your screen in American Horror Story has had over 84 roles in both movies and TV. To add to her already scary impressive resume, she will be making the crossover to video games in the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege, releasing December 1st.

She talked with the Huffington Post about how she chooses a role and diversity in Hollywood:

What transitions have you witnessed Hollywood undergo when it comes to racial and gender diversity?

It’s a conversation that’s been coming for decades. For many years, I was always asked this type of question. But it’s more obvious now with the number of folks who look different from each other that you see on television, especially with shows like “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Quantico,” “Scandal,” “Black-ish” or “How to Get Away with Murder.”

The landscape has changed in terms of color and sexuality — and it’s a good change. We are a diverse land and that’s what we are known for. But in terms of the way we projected our images on screen, it was very different from who we were. This is a positive change. It’s a good time.

You can read the rest of the interview here.

Curious about Mexico’s Day of the Dead?

In less than 4 minutes you can learn about the roots and traditions of the Mexico’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday. This award winning short is a lovely homage to the holiday devoted to remembering the loved ones who have passed on. No words are spoken during this colorful cartoon so you don’t need to learn any Spanish. Best of all, this was done a trio of film students.

Time’s List of The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2015 has several POC

Time has published their list of The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2015 and scrolling through, you will see many faces of color. Actresses Zendaya, Amandla Stenberg, First Daughter Malia Obama and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai have all made the list.

In addition there are a few names you might not recognize, like 18 year old venture capital analyst Tiffany Zhong. Yes, you read that right and yes, I typed it right. Ms. Zhong is putting off college to look for the next Snapchat for Binary Capital. It’s enough to make this middle aged gal feel like a slacker.

To see the entire list, go here. If your ego can take it, that is.

Lupita Nyong’o Day

Harlem decided to dedicate a whole day to Lupita Nyong’o, and it’s the best thing ever.

On Tuesday, Congressman Charles Rangel and Voza Rivers, Chairman of the Harlem Arts Alliance, announced that October 20 is officially “Lupita Nyong’o Day” in Harlem, New York. The honor was announced as a surprise during an open discussion between Nyong’o and image activist Michaela Angela Davis at Mist Harlem, a restaurant located in the popular and predominantly black neighborhood.

Immediately after the event, Nyong’o posted a video on Instagram to share her appreciation. “My heart is swollen with the love and welcome I just received from the Harlem Community,” she wrote.

“It was incredible, she was moved to tears,” Davis told The Huffington Post. “Harlem essentially said: ‘Welcome home, Lupita, here you are so loved, here you are so supported.’ It said to her, ‘this is home, too.'”

Rivers told HuffPost he chose to honor Nyong’o in Harlem because the area is known for its fusion of a diverse array of cultures from Africa and America. He said her connection and success on both continents — and her influence on black communities everywhere — made her the perfect candidate. “It was something very inviting about her that I said that if I was going to make a recommendation on someone it would be her,” he said.  [Huffington Post]

If anyone deserves such an honor, it’s Lupita.  She’s beautiful, gracious, socially-conscious, and understands and celebrates how important she is to black women everywhere.

Candice Patton talks to ‘Glamour’ Magazine

Candice Patton recently gave an interview to Glamour magazine after the Iris West Defense Squad hit up writer Jessica Radloff on Twitter.  Among many topics, Candice answered questions about her career, her Flash audition, and Iris’ role on the show.  She also answered some questions from fans on Twitter.

Here are some of the highlights:

Glamour: What moments really shaped your career?
Candice Patton: I remember being interested in theater when I was in school, but I wasn’t always engaged in making it a career. I was a cheerleader in Texas, but I tore my ACL, so I was out for the rest of the season. That’s when I started putting more of my passion into theater. In college, CBS’ Young and the Restless did a nationwide casting search for a new male and female to join the show. They came to SMU and ended up picking me. So after I finished, the casting director said, “We’d love for you to stay on the show, what do you think?” I said I wanted to go back to school and finish my degree, but I’d contact her when I came back to LA. As soon as I graduated, I moved to LA and got in touch with her. She was teaching an acting class, and that’s how it started.

Glamour: What was your audition for The Flash like?
Candice: The first time I did it, I felt like I bombed. There was a line about Channing Tatum, and I couldn’t remember his name to save my life. I just kept [messing it up], so I hope I’m in a movie one day with Channing! I will never forget his name! But yeah, I thought it was dead in the water, and it just happened that it was so early in the casting process, so a month or two later they brought me back in to read with Grant and do a chemistry read with him. Within two days, I booked it. It was kind of crazy.

Glamour: I heard you tickled him in the audition. True?
Candice: Yes. There was something about when I was reading the sides that Iris and Barry had this close relationship, and it’s hard when you’ve never met an actor before. How do you recreate that in two minutes in an audition? In that moment, the only thing I could think of to make him smile or laugh was to physically grab him and tickle him. They loved it because they thought it was really charming. That’s one of the few times it works to touch someone! [Laughs]

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Amanda Seales releases her hilarious new comedy

As if you didn’t need yet another reason to log onto YouTube during your lunch hour, actress and comedian Amanda Seales has released a new scripted comedy series Get Your Life on The Awkward Black Girl Issa Rae’s popular YouTube channel.

The series is based on her own life. “Basically, I’m living a life that is meant for the enjoyment for others to laugh at,” Seales told The Huffington Post.

“Seventy-five percent of the show is actual shit that happens,” Seales said. The rest is a mix of hilarious skits and comical characters like Seales as “Toprah Shanks,” a hysterically funny and fictional talk-show host she and her friend created in 2007 and have since developed.

You can read the rest of the interview with Amanda on the link above. You can watch the first episode right here! I don’t suggest you watch this at work unless you want people to look at you funny while you try to control your laughter…

Fox is making ‘Think Like a Man’ into a TV show

It’s been announced that Fox is developing the hit movie Think Like a Man into a television series.  Steve Harvey, who wrote the book of the same name upon which the film is based, is on board as executive producer.

The series follows both the male and female perspectives of four different types of couples: newly married, moving in, breaking up and hooking up. Viewers will follow the couples and their friends as they learn that it’s hard work being in love. [The Grio]

Admittedly, I’m a little wary of all the movies that Hollywood is attempting to turn into successful television shows, but I’m legitimately excited about this one.  I loved Think Like a Man, so if they can do justice to the spirit of the film, Fox just might have a winner.

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DMC Comics introduces Puerto Rican Teen Superhero LAK6 to the world

Darry Makes Comics (DMC), the comics company co-created by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of hip hop group Run-DMC has given the comics community a new superhero, Puerto Rican teen Leticia Lebron AKA LAK6.

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LAK6 is a middle school student by day, helper to series star vigilante DMC (based on McDaniels himself) by night in 1985 New York. According to the HuffPost:

Miranda-Rodriguez described the influences behind LAK6’s Latino roots and how the character took shape, noting that the teen hero was inspired by graffiti artist Lady Pink as well as Iris Morales, a member of the Young Lords activist group. Her foster parents are based on Puerto Rican activists Lolita Lebron and Pedro Albizu Campos.

You can read more about it here, as well as seeing several pages of artwork. You can purchase the comic at the link to DMC Comic above.