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Reblogged from sliceofbri  61,509 notes

sliceofbri:

guys this super cute black girl came in my store with big, beautiful, natural hair and she was showing off her new red dress and i told her “you look so beautiful, just like annie!” and she and her mom didn’t know about the new movie coming out so i showed her the trailer and she said “mommy she looks just like me!” and her smile was so fucking huge

don’t tell me representation isn’t important

Reblogged from fyeahlilbit3point0  477 notes
    adventureswithdragons asked
    About the Ghost in The Shell post - that casting choice is horrid and beneficial to no one. I did an internship at a casting agency for 4 months this year and I was surprised by the amount of diversity there was in our books. There were people from all over the world. It broke my heart that so many valid, potentially talented applicants were ignored due to final production choices based on racial prejudice. :/

    Answer:

    fyeahlilbit3point0:

    isaia:

    OHhhh my god.

    Thank you for telling me this. In an interview for a Japanese talk show, somewhere after Pacific Rim premiered, (it’s the ‘Bugsy’ interview on dailymotion w/ english subs) Rinko Kikuchi was talking about how she’d constantly audition for roles she knew she wouldn’t get.

    But lately I noticed they’d always cast her as a dragon lady or side banana.

    I would really, really like to know specifically who is responsible for this. I really would. 

    Or even more recently Maggie Q talking about how before Nikita, the only role she were ever offered were bit parts or Dragon Ladies. 

    There was a really interesting article I read last year too, about how a lot of Asian-American actors and musicians (singers, rappers, ect.) are just straight up going to countries like Korea and Japan because it’s almost impossible for them to find steady work in the U.S.

    Which is what gets me when directors say they couldn’t find actors of the right ethnicity. There are tons of Asian-American (or even just Asian) actors attempting to get work in Hollywood; the studios just ignore them and then pretend there aren’t enough actors for the right roles.

Reblogged from ulinawi  2,711 notes
    Anonymous asked
    The author of Hunger Games explained Katniss in a difficult way. How did y'all they were supposed to find a Native American actress with olive skin, naturally straight black hair and grey eyes. Please give me a link to one and I'll shut up forever.

    Answer:

    ulinawi:

    sikssaapo-p:

    burdenedwithgloriousbooty:

    reverseracism:

    There’s plenty of lists with Native American actresses you can google yourself.

    Gray eyes aren’t a white only trait, nor is Jennifer Lawrence a gray eyed gal. So please do shut up forever.

    ~Eon

    I have grey eyes, and from my highly unscientific observations, grey eyes are the third most common eye colour among NDNs, after black and brown. There’s even Grey Eyes as a surename among some NDNs. 

    But I digress. Throw some contact lenses on Q’orianka Kilcher, Keisha Castle-Huges or Jade Willoughby and you still have a better Katniss. 

    I have a cousin, who is “full blood, I mean her father, her mother, her grandparents, all Native. and by the Gods - she has green eyes, with hint of like light brown.

    I have gray eyes. And I’m an Indian from the same area Katniss is from (Southern Appalachia), mixed like Katniss, and from a coal mining family like Katniss. My brother and cousin both have gray eyes too. And my cousin has a higher BQ than me. So.

    The white person cast as Katniss doesn’t have the hair color or skin tone or eye color in the character description and this anon wants to know about NDN eye color.

Reblogged from whineandbeer  6,227 notes

This reality is a bit harder to swallow: There are more white people in the US and Canada because the US and Canada were established using the systematic genocide of Native peoples, the theft of Native lands, and the labour of enslaved peoples in the past and immigrant peoples currently who were and are never meant to stay or survive.

And now you’re uncomfortable. Good.

When you accept and acknowledge that census figures reflect a long history of marginalization, it is preposterous to use these same figures as the benchmark to which you measure the inclusion of marginalized people.

By There’s a great piece in the Toast about representation and diversity (‘Proportional Representation’ Has No Place In Diversity Discussions by Léonicka Valcius) today. (via whineandbeer)
Reblogged from shakesqueers  15,178 notes

shakesqueers:

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2014)

The year is 1925Fresh out of Hogwarts, Newt Scamander finds himself struggling with the banality of working for the Ministry of Magic. When the United Wizarding Republic invites him to investigate a rogue dragon living in the sewer systems of New York City, however, Newt’s boring life is plunged into chaosNew York City is dark, dirty, and dazzling, but with a little help from Nella Larson and Duke Ellington - the brightest witch and wizard of their age - Newt finally starts to feel that New York is home. Together, the Nella and Duke teach Newt how to do the Charleston, how to buy Butterbeer off the blackmarket, and, of course, how to save New York City from a hoard of angry dragons.

Newt Scamander - Nathan Stewart-Jarrett

Nella Larson - Angel Coulby

Duke Ellington - Gary Carr

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kiarasnaps:

Laverne: Nicole, does your belief system now change, in which you now know you don’t need him to be there? 
Nicole: No. I think what happens is it turns into less a conversation about my blackness and more about relating to humanity, because that’s really what we’re trying to do. We’re just realizing that people are capable of doing it. We’re underestimating people because people said we weren’t viable. 
[x]

Reblogged from darlablovesichabbie  364 notes
darlablovesichabbie:

hsw99:

darlablovesichabbie:

darlablovesichabbie:

Get it together Sleepy Hollow. Does this really look like diversity to you. If so get your eyes checked. 

Still relevant. You guys must think this is a game. We all can count and so far the odds are in favor of the picture above. Get that shit corrected. Cast better. Wtf casting department. Get your shit together.

Is the only thing that matters to you on this show diversity????? And stop saying it’s not diverse, because it most definitely is. There’s whites and blacks and there’s a Hispanic and an Asian man. Obviously in flashbacks there’s not going to be many PoCs with speaking roles because that’s just not accurate. But is it not enough that three of the five human main characters are black? Not only that, but the biggest badasses on the show? I think the diversity is fine.

“Obviously in flashbacks there’s not going to be many PoCs with speaking roles because that’s just not accurate.”
Okay I was really really trying very hard to be good today. I reblogged this post that I made weeks ago because it’s still the same shit different day with the casting. Now I could go point by point on how you’re allowed to have a wrong opinion on this, but this quote here. This quote is so fucking dumb. I needed to actually take a deep breath and collect my thoughts before I responded because you sound real stupid saying this.
This show looks fine to you? That’s the story you’re sticking with. Based on all the casting info we’ve received thus far.  Okay, of course, you think this show is diverse enough if you think “Obviously in flashbacks there’s not going to be many PoCs with speaking roles because that’s just not accurate.” So based on your logic on historical accuracy, you’re telling me that PoC back in the 18th century were all mutes. That would be historically accurate based on your quote. 
So when did black people gain the ability to speak? Because lbr here, black people are really who you’re talking about when you stated “Obviously in flashbacks there’s not going to be many PoCs with speaking roles because that’s just not accurate.” So when did it happen?  Was it when President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and finally “freed” the slaves? How about after MLK’s I Have A Dream Speech during the Civil Rights Era, surely that’s when black folks gain the wonderful ability of the spoken work. Oh wait, I know it was after Obama became the first Black President. You know the post racial society and all. We all equal and shit now. We’re free to talk all we want. YAY!!!
“Obviously in flashbacks there’s not going to be many PoCs with speaking roles because that’s just not accurate.” Do you feel better now after making such an asinine statement and putting this lie out there on the internet for all to see? As if black folks never up or spoke out, they didn’t have the privilege to speak at all and just did what they were told. Is that the history YOU remember? Because I have a different memory of American History. And it didn’t have fucking demon name Moloch trying to start the apocalypse in it. It didn’t have Death riding on a white horse cutting down the rebels of the Revolution. It didn’t have a man name Ichabod Crane, aka George Washington’s best friend, starting the event we coined as the Boston Tea Party. Speaking of George Washington, did your history book mention that he was a zombie? Because mines didn’t. 
You seem to not have issues with all of these historical inaccuracies, but draw the line at black folks being able to have speaking roles in the flashbacks? Because……”Obviously in flashbacks there’s not going to be many PoCs with speaking roles because that’s just not accurate.”? Okay thanks for clearing that up for me. Here I thought the American History was just a little bit different.

darlablovesichabbie:

hsw99:

darlablovesichabbie:

darlablovesichabbie:

Get it together Sleepy Hollow. Does this really look like diversity to you. If so get your eyes checked. 

Still relevant. You guys must think this is a game. We all can count and so far the odds are in favor of the picture above. Get that shit corrected. Cast better. Wtf casting department. Get your shit together.

Is the only thing that matters to you on this show diversity????? And stop saying it’s not diverse, because it most definitely is. There’s whites and blacks and there’s a Hispanic and an Asian man. Obviously in flashbacks there’s not going to be many PoCs with speaking roles because that’s just not accurate. But is it not enough that three of the five human main characters are black? Not only that, but the biggest badasses on the show? I think the diversity is fine.

Obviously in flashbacks there’s not going to be many PoCs with speaking roles because that’s just not accurate.”

Okay I was really really trying very hard to be good today. I reblogged this post that I made weeks ago because it’s still the same shit different day with the casting. Now I could go point by point on how you’re allowed to have a wrong opinion on this, but this quote here. This quote is so fucking dumb. I needed to actually take a deep breath and collect my thoughts before I responded because you sound real stupid saying this.

This show looks fine to you? That’s the story you’re sticking with. Based on all the casting info we’ve received thus far.  Okay, of course, you think this show is diverse enough if you think “Obviously in flashbacks there’s not going to be many PoCs with speaking roles because that’s just not accurate.” So based on your logic on historical accuracy, you’re telling me that PoC back in the 18th century were all mutes. That would be historically accurate based on your quote.

So when did black people gain the ability to speak? Because lbr here, black people are really who you’re talking about when you stated “Obviously in flashbacks there’s not going to be many PoCs with speaking roles because that’s just not accurate.” So when did it happen?  Was it when President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and finally “freed” the slaves? How about after MLK’s I Have A Dream Speech during the Civil Rights Era, surely that’s when black folks gain the wonderful ability of the spoken work. Oh wait, I know it was after Obama became the first Black President. You know the post racial society and all. We all equal and shit now. We’re free to talk all we want. YAY!!!

“Obviously in flashbacks there’s not going to be many PoCs with speaking roles because that’s just not accurate.” Do you feel better now after making such an asinine statement and putting this lie out there on the internet for all to see? As if black folks never up or spoke out, they didn’t have the privilege to speak at all and just did what they were told. Is that the history YOU remember? Because I have a different memory of American History. And it didn’t have fucking demon name Moloch trying to start the apocalypse in it. It didn’t have Death riding on a white horse cutting down the rebels of the Revolution. It didn’t have a man name Ichabod Crane, aka George Washington’s best friend, starting the event we coined as the Boston Tea Party. Speaking of George Washington, did your history book mention that he was a zombie? Because mines didn’t.

You seem to not have issues with all of these historical inaccuracies, but draw the line at black folks being able to have speaking roles in the flashbacks? Because……Obviously in flashbacks there’s not going to be many PoCs with speaking roles because that’s just not accurate.”? Okay thanks for clearing that up for me. Here I thought the American History was just a little bit different.

Reblogged from phoenix-ace  1,420 notes

phoenix-ace:

Mixed doesn’t mean white.

Light hair doesn’t mean white.

Light skin doesn’t mean white.

Light eyes do not equal white.  

And being mixed doesn’t mean someone is automatically going to be light skinned or white-passing.  

So stop using any of those traits as an excuse to whitewash.

Stop derailing criticism of whitewashing with “Well what about mixed people?”. Stop pretending that people who whitewash are showing any real kind of nuance or consideration towards mixed and/or light skinned people of color when they do that.  They’re erasing us too because if they really meant to represent mixed people, the’d just cast a mixed person.  Not a white person with a spray tan.