One of the first things I saw when I got up on on New Years Day was the news that we had lost Natalie Cole at only 65 years old. I knew she had been sick for a long time, she contracted Hepatitis C in 2008, had a liver transplant in 2009 and was never really healthy again after that. Since she kept touring and singing, I figured she was OK. I’m very sorry to discover that I was wrong. I will miss her voice!
As a huge superhero geek and amateur photographer, I fell in love with this photo series the moment I saw it. Four friends of blogger Paola Mathé, envisioned as superheroes and photographed for posterity.
The photos really are amazing and make me want to both grab my camera and cosplay at the next available Comic Con.
Aaron Barksdale of the HuffPost Black Voices has posted a list of 10 Experiences That Every Black Nerd Can Relate To. I think these are pretty much true for anyone who isn’t a straight white male nerd, so I thought I would post it here for your amusement.
#7 and #8 are the ones I identify with most. Which ones do you particularly identify with?
Looks like Taraji P Henson is not the only Empire cast member to be showered with honors. Gabourey Sidibe will be picking up a 2015 Muse Award from New York Women in Film and Television On Decemeber 10th.
Though Gabourey is still pretty young she has had a extraordinary career that includes an Oscar nomination for Precious, a critically acclaimed turn on American Horror Story and now Empire.
Congratulations Gabourey! Keep smiling!
The Associated Press has a story on their site today Despite trolls, industry, public embrace diversity casting it’s a good read, but this paragraph basically spells it out:
“There’s a disconnect between conventional wisdom in Hollywood and where the audience is. America is a very diverse place and it’s becoming more diverse each passing day,” said Hunt. “They want to feel like they’re included in the narrative. It’s not like they only want to see themselves, but they want to see a picture of America that looks like America.”
Unfortunately they never address just why Hollywood is slow to change, but I think the real reason is that fact the almost all of the decision makers are white people. For eaxmple, here is a recent picture of the studio heads from The Hollywood Reporter:
See what I mean? Not the most diverse group, is it? One woman and one Japanese dude, that’s it.
While Hollywood has reputation for being a liberal, almost communist place, it’s not. The demographic of the decision makers is almost completely white, all middle aged to older. While they may not be FOX News conservatives, they are still what they are. They see people on screen who look like them and think it’s all good. We have to keep up the pressure on them to let them know it’s not all good.
As the article points out, progress is being made, but it’s slow. This is why this site exists. Maybe some day we won’t be needed, but I’m thinking we have a long run ahead of us.
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And the winner is: a black Muslim woman immigrant from the Sudan!
Emtithal “Emi” Mahmoud, a senior at Yale University, has won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship beating out 95 other contestants.
She almost didn’t go the competition, her grandmother died and she turned around and went to home to be with her family. Eventually her parents told her to go, her grandmother would have wanted her there.
“My grandma never learned how to read or write. They didn’t teach women how to do that back then in my country,” said the Yale senior. “Even when she was staying with us here, she was always over my shoulder: ‘Do your thing. Read, read, write.’”
Moral of the story, Listen to Your Grandma.
NBC has released a new promo for The Wiz featuring the iconic song Ease on Down The Road. For your viewing pleasure, here is the 40 second spot:
“The Wiz Live!” will air at 8 p.m. Dec. 3 on NBC.
Misty Copeland has got to be one good sport. She recently attempted to teach Jimmy Kimmel and his side kick Guillermo Rodriguez how to dance the classic Swan Lake. I say “attempted” for reasons that will become obvious as you watch the video.
You recall the uproar when Effie Brown challenged Matt Damon on the diversity, or lack there of, of the candidates for this years Project Greenlight. Matt, in typical white guy fashion, basically told her that diversity behind the camera didn’t matter, it only mattered in front of the cmarea. The Internet was not amused with some people taking Effie’s side and some people taking Matt’s. The uproar died down when Matt issued and apology and pretty much took Effie’s side.
Variety recent had a chance to talk Effie about that. As she said:
“With Matt it’s just hug and release. I still totally respect him, I’m still going to watch his movies, I’m going to watch Jason Bourne. A lot of things were said at the time, but we moved past it and got back to work.”
“It was a big substantial group of people and I’d only met them three hours before and we’re talking about diversity, or the lack thereof, quite a bit during those three hours,” she said. “But what was shown during the show, it was a moment where other things were said besides what was shown.”
Effie has further comments, You can read the whole thing here.