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this is my war

thisislucreziasand:

ok but like, i’m tired of ppl telling me to “calm down” when ever i talk about representation in the media.

today one person even told me that i can’t “get worked up” about this all the time and that “it will never change.”

ok so first of all, fuck u.

and second of all—-i CHOSE this fight. i am CHOOSING to speak out about this because it is something that i believe in. i dont want the black girls coming up under me seeing the things that i saw—-believing the terrible things about blackness that i was taught to believe.

if my marching puts even ONE MORE black woman on tv in a position where they get treated as human beings i have DONE SOMETHING. it’s a victory and i wont let ANYBODY take that away from me.

trust and believe if i need to fight till the day i die, i’ll fucking do it.

Just over a quarter (25.9 percent) of the 3,932 speaking characters evaluated were from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups.

A full 74.1 percent were white, 14.1 percent black, 4.9 percent Hispanic, 4.4 percent Asian, 1.1 percent Middle Eastern, 1 percent American Indian or Alaskan Native and 1.2 percent were from “other” races/ethnicities.

No meaningful change has been observed in the frequency of any racial/ethnic group on screen in 600 popular films between 2007 and 2013.

By

USC study released last week shows that nothing has changed between 2007 and 2013.  

Nearly 75% of speaking roles go to white actors.

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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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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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medievalpoc:

leeandlow submitted to medievalpoc:

The Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy films. Sad, right? You can see the full study here.

 I highly recommend reading the entire article. 
from the infographic:
Among the top 100 domestic grossing films:
only 8% of films star a protagonist of color
of the 8 protagonists of color, all are men; 6 are played by Will Smith and 1 is a cartoon character (Aladdin)
0% of protagonists are women of color
0% of protagonists are LGBTQ
1% of protagonists are people with a disability


Lee & Low interviewed me about racebending as part of understanding this infographic.

Very sad that Medievalpoc got so much backlash simply for sharing this image.

medievalpoc:

leeandlow submitted to medievalpoc:

The Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy films. Sad, right? You can see the full study here.

I highly recommend reading the entire article.

from the infographic:

Among the top 100 domestic grossing films:

  • only 8% of films star a protagonist of color
  • of the 8 protagonists of color, all are men; 6 are played by Will Smith and 1 is a cartoon character (Aladdin)
  • 0% of protagonists are women of color
  • 0% of protagonists are LGBTQ
  • 1% of protagonists are people with a disability

Lee & Low interviewed me about racebending as part of understanding this infographic.

Very sad that Medievalpoc got so much backlash simply for sharing this image.

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bisexual-books:

It’s time for another Bisexual Books giveaway!  Bisexual YA author Corinne Duyvis was generous enough to send us some swag from her US tour and we’re happy to pass it along to you guys!  

You could win all the fantastic goodies pictured above:

Now all the boring rules stuff:

  • This giveaway is open to everyone (yes international friends this includes you).  
  • You must be following us here at bisexual-books to win
  • You must reblog this post (likes don’t count for this one sorry guys).   
  • You can reblog as many times as you’d like
  • But no giveaway blogs  
  • Winners will be chosen August 10th at 8pm CST

And don’t forget to enter our other two awesome giveaways — one for bisexual comics and the other for romance!

People can stop whining now.

Skin color isn’t important. All that matters is that the role goes to the best actor.

This is why it’s important to wait before making judgments.

Where’s the Asian Jedi. Wheelchair Jedi, Native American Jedi. This movie is going to be a mid 90′s Burger King commercial.

This feels forced.

By

Blogger the Wookiee Gunner takes on the above tired arguments against diversity in Star Wars.   Memorable call outs below, but read the full article here.

Star Wars fans are familiar with the expression “balance with the Force,” but how about balance in representation? …fans had a right to voice their concerns, especially given the lack of a significant female and racial presence. Dismissing those legitimate concerns and labeling our actions as “whining” only proves how much farther we have to go before achieving equal and proper representation for all.

In a cast of 15 people, that makes up 33 percent. I had someone once tell me that Star Wars shouldn’t be used as a platform for my social agendas. Star Wars, like many other things, is a reflection of our own society. It is a galaxy with unlimited and untapped potential. Why would we limit that galaxy to our own archaic standards? 

Forced? Oh. You mean like being forced to watch white male actor after white male actor get the lead part in movies year after year? That kind of forced?

Follow The Wookiee Gunner on tumblr

Reblogged from leeandlow  458 notes

You are putting your responsibility at the feet of marginalized people when you ask for nebulous “permission.” Please stop doing that. It’s not an okay thing to do. It is NOT the responsibility of marginalized people to pat you on the back and tell you that you’re a good person, you’re doing okay, and not to feel bad. Don’t put that on them. NO ONE can give you some kind of magic blanket “okay” on your writing, ESPECIALLY when they’ve never read it.

That’s perhaps what bothers me most… asking people to tell you it’s okay for you to write something when they have absolutely no context or idea of how you write. They don’t know if you’re going to research. They don’t know if you’re going to write stereotypes. The real answer to this question is always going to be I don’t know, it depends on how it’s done.

By Authors S.E. Sinkhorn, “To My Fellow Straight White Writers: On Diversity” (via leeandlow)
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    allerasphinx:

    basedandbiased:

    sephora:

    VIDEO: NUDE EVERYDAY SMOKY EYE HOW-TO

    Sephora PRO Artist Helen Phillips demonstrates this simple day-to-night look.

    SHOP SEPHORA >

    It’s 2014 and Lupita Nyong’o is the face for an International luxury cosmetics brand, yet Sephora continues to exclude dark skintones in most of their tutorials, VIB promotions and gifts, and in their marketing materials. The last thing the internet needs is another “nude” tutorial specifically for white skin. Do better.

    Maybe Sephora doesn’t know any black and brown people. Maybe Sephora lives in a really white neighborhood. You don’t know Sephora’s life.

    Or maybe Sephora’s just that one white friend you have that doesn’t realise they’re being racist by pretending skin colour doesn’t matter ~because we’re all the human race.~

Who would you want to see on a panel discussing women superheroes?

We’re putting together a panel for San Diego ComicCon 2014!   Right now we’re envisioning a panel focused on women superheroes and aiming for an all-women panel!    What we definitely want is a lot of intersectionality on the panel— particularly women of color and women who hold multiple intersectional identities!  Women who write novels or comics or webcomics about superheroines!  Women who study transmedia and the depiction of superheroes!  Women who provide cultural commentary on comics and media representation!

This is where we’d love your help!  What would your dream panel on this topic look like?   Who should we invite and who would you like to see?

Racebending is proud to announce that we will be hosting our first Midwest panel discussion on media representation in comics, Diverse Means for Diverse Worlds at this years C2E2 in Chicago! 
The panel is focused on art and storytelling techniques in comics that allow fantasy worlds to mirror real world diversity. It is presented by an equally diverse roster of panelists whose own work and experience range from webcomics to running comics conventions. The panel presentation will be held on April 27th from 2:45-3:45 in panel room S402 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center.  Panelists include Gail Simone, Turtel Onli, Gene Ha, Jay Fuller, Ramon K. Perez, and Marjorie M. Liu with moderator Gabe Canada.
About Racebending.com
Racebending.com is an international grassroots organization of media consumers who support entertainment equality. We advocate for underrepresented groups in entertainment media. Since our formation in 2009, we have been dedicated to furthering equal opportunities in Hollywood and beyond.
This website was founded by fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender who were appalled by the casting discrimination that occurred during the production of the The Last Airbender film adaptation. We are now comprised of thousands of supporters in 50 countries around the world. We are a coalition and community dedicated to encouraging fair representation in the media. As a far-reaching movement of media consumers, students, parents, and professionals, we promote just and equal opportunities in the entertainment industry.
About C2E2
The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo - also known as C2E2 - is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. Bringing the best of popular culture to Downtown Chicago, C2E2’s show floor is packed with hundreds of exhibitors, panels and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators and screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either the big or small screen!

Racebending is proud to announce that we will be hosting our first Midwest panel discussion on media representation in comics, Diverse Means for Diverse Worlds at this years C2E2 in Chicago!

The panel is focused on art and storytelling techniques in comics that allow fantasy worlds to mirror real world diversity. It is presented by an equally diverse roster of panelists whose own work and experience range from webcomics to running comics conventions. The panel presentation will be held on April 27th from 2:45-3:45 in panel room S402 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center.  Panelists include Gail Simone, Turtel Onli, Gene Ha, Jay Fuller, Ramon K. Perez, and Marjorie M. Liu with moderator Gabe Canada.

About Racebending.com

Racebending.com is an international grassroots organization of media consumers who support entertainment equality. We advocate for underrepresented groups in entertainment media. Since our formation in 2009, we have been dedicated to furthering equal opportunities in Hollywood and beyond.

This website was founded by fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender who were appalled by the casting discrimination that occurred during the production of the The Last Airbender film adaptation. We are now comprised of thousands of supporters in 50 countries around the world. We are a coalition and community dedicated to encouraging fair representation in the media. As a far-reaching movement of media consumers, students, parents, and professionals, we promote just and equal opportunities in the entertainment industry.

About C2E2

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo - also known as C2E2 - is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. Bringing the best of popular culture to Downtown Chicago, C2E2’s show floor is packed with hundreds of exhibitors, panels and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators and screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either the big or small screen!