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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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When we [Beatriz and fellow Latina Melissa Fumero] got cast, I got really nervous. I thought, ‘The network’s not going like this. One of us is gonna get fired!’” Television was far less diverse when she was growing up, and Beatriz is delighted by the changes. But there’s still a long way to go. “I celebrate every step any actor of color takes,” she says, “because their success is my success and vice versa.

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Stephanie Beatriz on Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s diverse cast and representation in media. (x)

Important stuff.

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policymic:

With ‘Fresh Off the Boat’, ABC will air the first Asian-American sitcom in 20 years

The last time an Asian-American family had their own American sitcom was in 1994. The show was Margaret Cho’s All-American Girl and while the Korean-American comedy was poised to be groundbreaking, it didn’t pull the ratings ABC wanted and was canceled after one season. Cho says executives found it to be either “too Asian” or “not Asian enough,” and the sitcom’s premise changed so many times that by the end of its run, it looked nothing like the culture clash family comedy it originally set out to be. 

This fall, an Asian-American TV family will make television history by helming the first Asian-American-focused sitcom since Cho’s one-season show. Fresh Off The Boat, based on the memoir by chef and restaurateur Eddie Huang, takes place in 1990s Orlando and follows the lives of 12-year-old Huang’s Taiwainesse immigrant family, and the culture shock that ensues when they move from Washington D.C. to Florida. The show stars Randall Park (who Veep fans will recognize as Danny Chung) and is a long-overdue win for Asian-American representation in the primetime slot. 

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My inaugural year on Grey’s Anatomy was defined by two points: my character’s boyfriend and the episode when said relationship began. For the audience, the episode is noteworthy because it features a classic spectacles-to-contacts, curly-to-straight transformation. For myself it’s noteworthy because, even after Carol’s Daughter in Sephora, I Am Not My Hair on Billboard’s Hot 100 and decades of mop-headed kids in GAP commercials, the public still goes batshit over bone-straight hair on a black woman.

After the episode aired, the praise I received from strangers, friends and even my own family was staggering. I suddenly had mass-appeal and the undertone was clear: with a single blow-dry, I had arrived.

What was intended as flattery was profoundly insulting and it hurt me deeply to realize my natural form wasn’t considered feminine or desirable.

The response ignited that same young rebellion I had all those years ago. My hair had graduated from the purview of my parents to become of direct concern to the masses and, in both cases, no one considered the effect on the person at the center.

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Jerrika Hinton in Creating A Center Part

She plays Stephanie Edwards (the Black female intern) on Grey’s Anatomy. I follow her on here and twitter and remember when this episode aired, she posted something along the lines of funny how a little hair straightening changes everything (paraphrasing). I knew then that she was one of my faves…so glad she went through with writing this up.

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We, the marginalized, all have some version of that story. You know the one: When I grew up, I never saw people like me in magazines/on TV/in books/in movies. This is how I learned that my skin color/eye shape/hair/nose/culture/sexuality/identity/entire self is peripheral to the rest of the United States. Our country projects to the world an image of white heteronormativity, an image that was never true, and becomes more ridiculous as we progress through the 21stcentury.

So when I first watched “Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell,” I couldn’t believe it actually existed. As a real show. On a TV channel. With a set and everything. This contradicted everything I knew about the world: Black men who do comedy criticizing catcalling, anti-Muslim bias and homophobia do not get a national megaphone.

And it wasn’t just Kamau, as if one black man over 6 feet tall plus another 4 inches of ’fro weren’t enough. No, there were more black guys, one with dreds all the way down to here, a couple of desis and a lesbian woman with soft butch style. A Japanese guy! A gay man! And not as caricatures written by other people, but as themselves doing their own jokes! About their own lives! Suddenly, my screen resembled my reality, and it was blowing my mind: These were my people!

Every time I watched “Totally Biased,” I felt like I was watching history, a revolution in television. I laughed my ass off, but I was also in awe. For the first time in my life, it was like someone was writing TV for me.

Except I wasn’t watching it on television, but on my laptop like, I’m told, many of us do these days. Because Internet in my household is a necessity, but between a mortgage and preschool tuition, cable TV is a luxury we can’t afford. We do “new media” by default. So once a week after the kids were in bed, my husband and I settled down with cookies and bourbon to stream “Totally Biased.”

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 on the cancellation of the TV show Totally Biased with W Kamau Bell.

What is certain is that a show like “Totally Biased” is a huge risk. The content and the cast place it far outside most of what mainstream American audiences have seen before. But as America’s demographics shift, the audience for a show that tackles issues of race, gender, class, immigration and sexuality is only going to grow. So why place the show in a weakened position? The transition from a weekly show to a nightly show would surely make for an uneven performance as everyone adapted to a more demanding schedule. Why put it out of reach for many in the core audience as well as making it harder for new viewers to find it?

So when I saw the news via Facebook yesterday that “Totally Biased” had been canceled, the sinking in my chest wasn’t completely unexpected. According to Splitsider, the show’s ratings had dropped after the move to FXX. The article included this tidbit: “On some nights, ‘Totally Biased’ has been the lowest-rated late night show on cable, mostly thanks to FXX being available in 26 million fewer homes than FX.”

I hardly feel surprised that “Totally Biased” is the first cancelation for FXX. I hardly feel surprised that executives decided to cancel it rather than roll it back to one night a week or return it to FX. I hardly feel surprised that those executives blame the show for poor ratings rather than their ill-conceived strategy.

But I do feel sharp disappointment and anger.

W. Kamau Bell and the “Totally Biased” crew showed us that another television is possible. We don’t have to go back; we can keep pushing forward for TV that includes the authentic voices of people of color, LGBT people and women, made for us by us. But to do that, we have to raise hell about the cancellation of “Totally Biased.” FXX’s story is that this kind of TV won’t sell. We have to prove them wrong.

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I honestly never imagined I would actually get to do this. No, like seriously. I never imagined as a black, African-American 20-something, I would be able to do this. You just don’t see it. It’s just not a reality. When they called me in, I read it and I was like, “Okay, cool, this is great.” I never saw myself as someone who would be able to tote a gun and be also in a fantasy piece, but I welcome it with open arms because I grew up on comic books and action films… I love those things, but I’ve never seen myself as a representative. So hats f***ing off, hats off to Bob and Alex and Fox for saying, “We’re going to cast this girl as the gun toting apocalyptic crusader and witness.” It’s amazing.

By Nicole Beharie re: the character Abbie Mills and Sleepy Hollow (x)
Lee and Low books continues to produce awesome infographics and interviews on diversity gaps in Hollywood.  In this infographic, they identified facts such as the following:
No woman of color has ever won an Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series
In the last twenty years, winners in the Best Director of a Comedy Series were 100% white and 95% male
An African American woman has not been nominated for lead actress in a Comedy Series since The Cosby Show (1986)
Lee and Low also interviewed actor/writers Luisa Leschin and Kelvin Yu about their experiences in Hollywood to accompany the infographic.   Check it out here!  You can also look at their previous infographics on the Tony Awards and Children’s Publishing!

Lee and Low books continues to produce awesome infographics and interviews on diversity gaps in Hollywood.  In this infographic, they identified facts such as the following:

  • No woman of color has ever won an Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series
  • In the last twenty years, winners in the Best Director of a Comedy Series were 100% white and 95% male
  • An African American woman has not been nominated for lead actress in a Comedy Series since The Cosby Show (1986)

Lee and Low also interviewed actor/writers Luisa Leschin and Kelvin Yu about their experiences in Hollywood to accompany the infographic.   Check it out here!  You can also look at their previous infographics on the Tony Awards and Children’s Publishing!