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For people who asked for the raw data:

xlivvielockex:

Latinos/Total Character Population = Percentage

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  • Season 1: 1/105 = 0.95%
  • Season 2: 4/141 = 2.83%
  • Season 3: 3/137 = 2.19%
  • Season 4: 3/136 = 2.21%
  • Season 5: 1/126 = 0.79%
  • Season 6: 5/169 = 2.96%
  • Season 7: 7/135 = 5.19%
  • TOTAL: 24/949 = 2.53%
  • 2000 Census for Santa Barbara County: 34%

Angel the Series

  • Season 1: 6/215 = 2.79%
  • Season 2: 4/188 = 2.13%
  • Season 3: 10/120 = 8.33%
  • Season 4: 9/150 = 6%
  • Season 5: 5/132 = 3.79%
  • TOTAL 34/805 = 4.22%
  • 2000 Census for Los Angeles County: 45%
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Racebending is part of the continued effort to change the perception black characters and black audiences have in the entertainment industry. Blackness is viewed as a niche market confined to one buddy comedy a year, one Oscar-bait film about our suffering, and whatever action movie The Rock gets paid $50 million dollars to do — and if Dwayne’s skin was a few shades darker, we wouldn’t even have that. Racebending helps to break that highly racialized film standard.

By Dion Beary (via apaullo95)
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ABC’s The Quest & Inclusion

paladinjasmine:

So many of you might not have yet heard of The Quest. It’s a new show on ABC (thursdays at 8pm). Its from the Executive Producers of Lord of the Rings and Amazing Race. The idea is 12 people from the “Real” world are summoned to a fantasy world to save it. 

A lot of the elements are familiar: Hero’s, Kingdoms, Queens, Knights, Swords, Magic… ect

What I want to talk about are the things you rarely find in those genres: Inclusion and representation. 

Starting with the world of Everrealm. The goddess like Fates are not only powerful, but interesting. They range in Race from African to Asian and European. All from the country it was filmed (Austria, or at least where they take residence). The ruler of the last Kingdom standing, a Queen named Ralia. Sure there are men, and there are plenty of European/white characters. But even the villagers and soldiers are diverse. 

Then there are the contestants. It is after all a reality show. What makes it different is how they take a scripted mini-series-esque storyline, and then drop a reality element into the middle. The Actors who play the residents of Everrealm may be scripted actors/actresses, but the contests are not. 

They range in gender from 7 females to 5 males. Then you have a range of age from 21 to 41. To top it off, they range in nationality. You have African American and Latino as well as White. 

Now if it’s not clear yet, I happen to be one of those contestants. Maybe I should have started with that. 
But that’s not the main point. A lot of reviews have been written already, the word is spreading. But to me what will always stick with me more than anything is this:

As a Geek who happens to be Afro-Latina (over the age of 30, a wife and mother and a proud natural-haired woman) I very rarely get to see myself in my favorite genres. Fantasy is the one where I feel least represented, which has always hurt because its by far my favorite. I grew up on Dune and Star Trek, and Star Wars and later came to love the likes of Tolkien and Harry Potter. I wanted to share because I’m very proud of how inclusive this project is. If this matters to you also, I do hope you will give it a go. And I hope you enjoy watching as much as I enjoyed being in it!

The Quest airs Thursday nights at 8pm (est) on your local ABC channel.
If you missed the 1st Episode, you can watch it here (also on Demand or Hulu): http://abc.go.com/shows/the-quest/episode-guide/season-01/101-the-quest-begins 

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I’m Not Really Mad at Ubisoft for not Having Playable Women

gamerisms:

I’m not as heated as Ubisoft as a lot of my peers are about the controversy of non-playable women in the upcoming Unity. It’s no question that we should always be striving for more diversity in gaming, particularly larger companies such as Ubisoft that are extremely successful and have the means to make it happen. However, if it were any other company and any other franchise, I would be way more pissed than I am, in fact I would be furious. But the reason I personally don’t give a lot of vocal criticism to Ubisoft is mainly because the Assassin’s Creed franchise is by far the most diverse video game series in modern gaming in the West.

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Of the seven major games in the series that have been released on consoles (Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Assassin’s Creed III, and Assassin’s Creed: Liberation since it has been remastered onto consoles), there are six different playable assassins if you include Desmond. Of those six, three of the protagonists are people of color, including one woman of color - Altair, Connor, and Aveline. (In a wonderful DLC for Black Flag, you also play Adewalé, a Trinidadian Assassin). Not only are they people of color, they are POC that are rarely ever featured in games let alone playable. How many times do you see a Middle Eastern character in a video game that you weren’t trying to kill in a Call of Duty game? When do you ever get to explore the intricacies of balancing being a mixed raced person in a world that is just beginning to use race as a tool for oppression? No other Western franchise has explored as many characters with such varied backgrounds as Assassin’s Creed.

I understand the vitriol; I’m a woman of color and I thrive on being able to play women, but I personally think a lot of the anger we feel towards Assassin’s Creed is because we expect more diversity from this franchise than with others. My bar is certainly always higher for Ubisoft Montreal and Assassin’s Creed; I’ve come to expect different worlds with different stories, so it is disappointing when we don’t get what we’ve expected. But, AC is not one of the great offenders in the larger picture of the lack of representation or misrepresentation in gaming. It has contributed a stellar collection of diverse characters, stories, and worlds to the canon of gaming. So why do I personally want to be spending time being angry at a franchise that has actually portrayed a lot of diversity when I could be channeling my discourse onto franchises that really just don’t get it to actually have playable women or POC or WOC. Call of Duty and Halo for example have been around for much longer and have more games, each of those franchises taking place in different periods of history according to their lore. CoD takes its own brand of liberties with history - plus, the next game takes place in the future but the protagonist is going to be another generic white guy? Come on. These are franchises that I’m more upset about - ones that are well-established, profitable, and therefore have the freedom to take “risks” by not having 95% of their characters we play be white guys, yet they just don’t. AC from the start has always kept diversity on their radar throughout the franchise and tailors their stories to the diversity, not the other way around. I’m more disappointed at AC than anything else, but I don’t feel justified at being upset at Ubisoft Montreal at any level that I should be at CoD, Halo, Tom Clancy, or others.

So does that mean I don’t think people should be upset at Ubisoft? Not necessarily. It sucks that such a major franchise will not have playable women in upcoming games, particularly since there are not a lot of women in general in the lore of the series. Plus their reasoning for why there aren’t playable women was pretty shitty. However, though most video game franchises leave me exasperated and angry with a lack of diversity, I’ll just leave off of my own anger at Assassin’s Creed and just say “I’ll expect more from you soon.”

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As for a movie with a non-white lead; if Marvel makes Thor 3 before it makes Black Panther, it will have made ten movies headlined by blond white men named Chris before it makes one movie headlined by someone who isn’t even white. (They can cast a black actor named Chris. That’s totally OK.)

By Marvel Studios and diversity, everyone. (From here.)
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Introducing Your New YA Book Boyfriend

tubooks:

Rot & Ruin author Jonathan Maberry has confirmed that actor Louis Ozawa Changchien will play Tom Imura in the movie adaptation of his popular YA zombie novel. Tom is “one of the sword wielding, zombie killing brothers. His younger brother Benny Imura has yet to be cast.”

Three cheers for

1) No whitewashing of a main character in a book-to-film adaptation

2) This face onscreen for 2+ hours.

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micdotcom:

Broadway is getting its first black Cinderella!

Announced Monday, for the first time ever a black actress will play Cinderella in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical on Broadway. Taking over for Carly Rae Jepsen of “Call Me Maybe” fame is KeKe Palmer, who rose to prominence as True Jackson in True Jackson VP on Nickelodeon.
Palmer’s casting as Cinderella marks a major example of something very rare in Broadway revivals: colorblind casting.
Why some oppose colorblind casting | Follow micdotcom

micdotcom:

Broadway is getting its first black Cinderella!

Announced Monday, for the first time ever a black actress will play Cinderella in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical on Broadway. Taking over for Carly Rae Jepsen of “Call Me Maybe” fame is KeKe Palmer, who rose to prominence as True Jackson in True Jackson VP on Nickelodeon.

Palmer’s casting as Cinderella marks a major example of something very rare in Broadway revivals: colorblind casting.

Why some oppose colorblind casting | Follow micdotcom

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fox-rain:

Howard Charles Must Portray General Dumas!
OK, guys, lets get down to the business.
Howard has reached out to fans several times, asking to support him as Dumas. My first post in which I reblogged Howard’s plea on Instagram has 1,400 notes (not to mention other posts)! BUT only 270 people (as of today, July 31st) signed the petition. WHY??
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION. It will take you just a second.
More links to my posts:
Howard’s plea on Instagram - We Found Dumas
And another
And another
And another! (Howard with the book is adorable)
Howard thanking fans for support
The post on medivialpoc (not mine)
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION HERE!

Howard Charles (Porthos in the BBC’s The Musketeers) wants to play General Dumas in the new film The Black Count being produced by Sony Pictures and directed by Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre). The film is based on the book by Tom Reiss, and Howard has asked his fans to support his bid to play this important figure in history. Please sign this petition and let the producers of the film know that Howard has many supportive fans who trust only him to portray Dumas in this film! Let’s make our voices heard!!
also tweet @SonyPictures to show your support by using hashtags like #wefounddumas #howardforgeneral #theblackcount #howardcharles

I know that there are other brilliant actors who might be very good in this role, but the thing is that Howard really really wants it. He is already playing (quite brilliantly) Porthos in the BBC adaptation of The Three Musketeers and he is already invested into it and I am sure he will be quite brilliant as Dumas himself. Please, support Howard. It will make not only fans but also the actor himself very happy.
Thank you. x

fox-rain:

Howard Charles Must Portray General Dumas!

OK, guys, lets get down to the business.

Howard has reached out to fans several times, asking to support him as Dumas. My first post in which I reblogged Howard’s plea on Instagram has 1,400 notes (not to mention other posts)! BUT only 270 people (as of today, July 31st) signed the petition. WHY??

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION. It will take you just a second.

More links to my posts:

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION HERE!

Howard Charles (Porthos in the BBC’s The Musketeers) wants to play General Dumas in the new film The Black Count being produced by Sony Pictures and directed by Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre). The film is based on the book by Tom Reiss, and Howard has asked his fans to support his bid to play this important figure in history. Please sign this petition and let the producers of the film know that Howard has many supportive fans who trust only him to portray Dumas in this film! Let’s make our voices heard!!

also tweet @SonyPictures to show your support by using hashtags like #wefounddumas #howardforgeneral #theblackcount #howardcharles

I know that there are other brilliant actors who might be very good in this role, but the thing is that Howard really really wants it. He is already playing (quite brilliantly) Porthos in the BBC adaptation of The Three Musketeers and he is already invested into it and I am sure he will be quite brilliant as Dumas himself. Please, support Howard. It will make not only fans but also the actor himself very happy.

Thank you. x

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My Receipt Was Not Good Enough

roxanegay:

On my second day in the new town, I went to Best Buy to buy a telephone. In the store, I asked a salesperson, “Do you have old fashioned telephones as opposed to cellular phones?” He knew exactly what I meant and pointed me in the right direction.

I have a landline in my new apartment because, turns out, my cell phone connection is really shitty in this place. I will never know that phone number but the phone I bought will magically connect to my cell phone. I haven’t set it up yet but I did read the box thoroughly. 

I like electronics. I’m alone in a new town. My impulse control is nonexistent.

After I picked up a phone, I saw a PlayStation 4 and I thought, man, I want one so I bought one, and there was some promotion going on where a video game called Killzone, I think, was free! I like free things.

I paid for everything with a friendly salesperson in the video game area because that’s what you have to do with certain items. Then I went to the bathroom and then I headed for the front of the store. Now, the game was still in its security case. When I got to the front, I showed my receipt for the case to be removed. The young man studied my receipt like it was the most important document he had ever seen. My skin started prickling because I knew something really frustrating was about to happen. I just knew. Anyone who has been racially profiled knows that feeling.

He set the receipt down, still holding on to my bag of purchases, and called for the salesperson who had sold me my stuff. 

I have NEVER in my life experienced something like this. My receipt was right there. My purchases were plainly identified. For whatever reason, that was not proof enough? 
I asked him what the problem was and he ignored me. I asked to speak to a manager and he ignored me. He literally acted like I was not there. I was calm and quiet. I shouldn’t even have to note my demeanor but nonetheless, there it is. An older couple strolled out of the store, set off the alarm, and he quickly deactivated the security device on their purchase and waved them out of the store so that was also infuriating. 
Because I thought he might have been confused, I explained that the video game was part of a promotional package I had purchased. He ignored me.
All the while, I was on Twitter because I was so frustrated. I was kind of vague about what I was buying and later this would become a Thing because people are the worst. I was being vague because I was embarrassed to be 39 years old, buying a Play Station. I felt guilty for being so consumeristic. I am struggling with no longer being broke all the time and what that allows me to do. I was also feeling awkward because I only use my Play Station 3 to watch movies and Netflix and play Lumines so the purchase felt extra ridiculous.  (As an aside, this makes my brothers so mad and I like that part.) There’s no fucking conspiracy here. I just didn’t feel like telling the Internet what I was buying.
Meanwhile, in the store, the young man kept requesting the salesperson who made my sale on the intercom. This went on for quite some time. He continued to ignore me. During this entire exchange, I don’t think he said a single word to me. It was like I wasn’t even there. 
The salesman finally came to the front of the store and verified  I had indeed made this purchase. He pointed to the video game and said, “That is on the receipt,” and the young man said, “I know, but…”  
Let me repeat: My receipt was not good enough. I have never heard of needing to have a salesperson verify a purchase when a receipt has been proffered but I shouldn’t be surprised. The rules are always different when shopping/driving/walking/existing while black. The experience was particularly galling because this happened over what was both a significant and an insignificant amount of money. 
Finally, he removed the security case from the video game and handed me my receipt which I snatched out of his hand because I finally had enough. I said, “I just spent $700 dollars in this store. Are you serious?” And I walked out. He still had not acknowledged or spoken to me. It was humiliating to stand there, being treated like a common criminal, everyone staring like you’ve done something wrong. Racism was absolutely at work.
Some conservative website picked up my tweets and for the past day, I’ve received all manner of bullshit. The e-mails I’ve received are appalling. The tweets directed at me are appalling. There are a great many amateur investigators wanting me to explain the situation in detail. They are contorting themselves to find a reason why race was not a factor in this situation. Then there are the people with their “race card” jokes, and the homophobes and the jokers who talk about how they have been asked to show their receipts and they’re white so they, too, must be victims of racism. It would be more frustrating to deal with if these people weren’t so banal and predictable. 

One person asked, “Who is Roxane Gay?” Who indeed? I could drop some science on who I am (see: New York Times, NPR, The Guardian), but for the sake of this incident, I am just a woman who was trying to waste her money in peace.

A reporter from CNN asked if I wanted to do a phone interview about the incident and I declined. I was venting on Twitter, not trying to be part of a news story.
I was venting on Twitter because the situation was infuriating BUT I was still mindful of how privileged I am. I was mindful that racial profiling happens every single day, in far more distressing ways. I was mindful of Trayvon Martin and Renisha McBride and Eric Garner who lost their lives to racial profiling. Of course I was venting on a social network. It was the appropriate venue for being angry about a trifling incident of racial profiling. 
I am not writing this to explain myself. Know that. 
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hypable:

Guardians of the Galaxy is breaking box office records this weekend, but more importantly it’s breaking barriers in Hollywood by being the first Marvel script credited to a woman.
Guardians of the Galaxy is receiving remarkable reviews by critics and fans alike and is expected to take in over $90 million during its explosive opening weekend.
What’s more interesting is that Guardians of the Galaxy is the first Marvel film to have been written by a woman that’s actually received credit for their work.
Screenwriter Nicole Perlman has been on the rise for quite some time. She’s been included in up and coming screenwriter lists for years now and even did some work on Thor’s script, but she’s finally been given credit for being the screenwriter of Marvel’s latest film, which is being touted for its unique storyline.
In a recent interview with TIME magazine, Perlman explained her attempts to persuade studios to put their trust in a woman’s hands to write sci-fi, saying, “I was noticing that I was having trouble convincing people, when I was pitching on projects, that I would be capable of doing this. There was a little bit of an attitude of, ‘Well, you’re a woman, you’re not writing romantic comedies, we’ll give you the Marie Curie biopic.’”
Read more at Hypable.com

hypable:

Guardians of the Galaxy is breaking box office records this weekend, but more importantly it’s breaking barriers in Hollywood by being the first Marvel script credited to a woman.

Guardians of the Galaxy is receiving remarkable reviews by critics and fans alike and is expected to take in over $90 million during its explosive opening weekend.

What’s more interesting is that Guardians of the Galaxy is the first Marvel film to have been written by a woman that’s actually received credit for their work.

Screenwriter Nicole Perlman has been on the rise for quite some time. She’s been included in up and coming screenwriter lists for years now and even did some work on Thor’s script, but she’s finally been given credit for being the screenwriter of Marvel’s latest film, which is being touted for its unique storyline.

In a recent interview with TIME magazine, Perlman explained her attempts to persuade studios to put their trust in a woman’s hands to write sci-fi, saying, “I was noticing that I was having trouble convincing people, when I was pitching on projects, that I would be capable of doing this. There was a little bit of an attitude of, ‘Well, you’re a woman, you’re not writing romantic comedies, we’ll give you the Marie Curie biopic.’”

Read more at Hypable.com

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I think a lot of people don’t understand that when we talk about these issues—blackface, rape jokes, the appropriation of marginalized cultures, and so on—we are having an ethical conversation, not a legal one. There is no thought police. No one’s coming to your house and carting you off to Insensitivity Prison. But you, as a person living on this planet, get to make a choice whether you want to hurt people or help people. Whether you want to listen or shut people out. I can’t imagine why you’d choose “defensive shithead” over “nice lady capable of empathy,” but okey dokey.

By Oklahoma Governor’s Daughter Enrages Native American Protestors (via meggannn)
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henrithepainter:

ravenclawssaywhat:

racebending:

xo-xtina:

The protest demonstrations against The Mikado are over, but the work is not. I am relieved that I can take a break from hostile, misinformed, racist white folks.

Some of the comments said to us by audience members:

- I’m wrong.
- I shouldn’t be so sensitive.
- I’m too late. And I should have brought this to the attention of director and production staff.
- To go back to back to where I come from
- To get something better to do
- We support what you’re doing (but walk into theatre to watch show)
- Asked if I believe in diversity, because this is it.
- I’m an idiot.
- I need an education.
- You just don’t get British satire
- That I’m mispronouncing the name wrong. And we should learn how to spell.
- Yellowface isn’t racist. I’m fact, their faces aren’t painted yellow.
- I’m British. I should be offended, not you.

Seattle may seem liberal and progressive to white liberal progressives, but the struggle is real for people of color. While we stood there with our signs and flyers trying to share our perspective, hostility and disrespectful comments were hurled at us from fellow Seattleites.

Not everyone acted this way, but those who did, said their antagonizing comment and walked away. It was so hard to not engage back through anger.

Damn. I really love Seattle, but this is so not ok. Yellowface is not ok. And the negative and stereotypical portrayal of any community of color is wrong. Seattle is showing it’s true colors.

thank you for taking a stand against this racist production.

this is the reason i’m not going to that production. seriously seattle, i expected better from you.

So I’m going to jump in on this because yes, Seattle theatre has a horrible time with this sort of thing.

*clapping furiously*