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People’s Choice Awards honor WOC in books

Bet you didn’t know that The People’s Choice Awards had categories for books! Yes we are talking about the same PCAs that are televised on TV every year and spark life-or-death voting wars between fandoms. This year they added several categories for your favorite reads.

Comedienne Mindy Kaling, best known for being the creator and star of Hulu’s The Mindy Project took home an award for Best Non-Fiction for her laugh out loud collection of essays Why Not Me?.

In the favorite fantasy category, Sabaa Tahir won for her highly regarded An Ember in the Ashes. This is a book that has also won the prizes for Amazon’s Best Young Adult Book of 2015 and Bustle’s Best Young Adult Book of 2015. The book chronicles the story of young slave and a young soldier as they fight oppression in a world similar to ancient Rome.

Congratulations to both ladies for their wins!

Mindy Kaling: “When I get invited, I’m often the only woman and I’m often the only person of colour at this event”

Mindy Kaling talks to the Gaurdian about being a WOC in Hollywood:

Kaling never set out to become a spokesperson, but simply by being a high-profile Indian-American woman who is not size zero, she has been forced to become one. She tells me about her frequent invitations on to Hollywood panels: “When I get invited, I’m often the only woman and I’m often the only person of colour at this event. So if I can’t make it because of my work, I get an enormous amount of pressure to come, because if I’m not there, a minority and a woman will not be represented. That pressure sometimes is a little unfair, because me being included makes other people seem like they’re open-minded and diverse.”

Yup sounds about right, doesn’t it? Mindy handles the whole thing with humor though.

Kaling is frequently praised as “real”, a word she bemoans in her new book. “I don’t want to be real! When I think of things that are ‘real’, I think of income taxes and Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Real is bad! I want fantasy!” She is disarmingly honest about her body image. “The fact of the matter is,” she writes, “I absolutely do try to conform to normal standards of beauty. I am just not remotely successful at it.”

Sigh, I know how that feels.

Mindy

The Mindy Show premieres on Hulu Sept 15th

As you may recall, Hulu rescued The Mindy Project after Fox axed it back in the spring. Hulu has announced that season 4 will premiere on September 15th. They will also have all three seasons of Elementary along with several other shows that feature WOC. TVGuide.com has the complete list.

For more on The Mindy Project‘s 4th season, check this out