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Why Won’t Hollywood Let Us See Our Black Actors? Whitewashed TV isn’t just racist. It’s boring! When I was 7 I asked my mom if I could dye my hair blond and get blue contact lenses.

Whitewashed TV isn’t just racist. It’s boring!

It’s probably the first serious conversation I ever had about my appearance and all I wanted to do was look like Luke Skywalker. I wanted it so badly. She was appalled and I couldn’t understand why. “Star Wars” was Everything. There were no Latinos running through the halls of the Death Star, blasting storm troopers. I’ll be 34 this year and we’re only beginning to see a change in the scenery when it comes to diversity and the fantastic. Cultural critics have rightly decried whitewashing in the name of social justice. Le blackwashing n'existe pas. Le whitewashing existe bel et bien mais il n’y a pas de symétrie qui tienne.

Le blackwashing n'existe pas

Peu montré à la presse et faisant l’objet d’un embargo, le reboot des 4 Fantastiques qui vient de sortir a reçu un accueil frileux, y compris de la part des spectateurs qui ont pu le découvrir lors des nombreuses avant-premières publiques. La production du film semble ne pas s’être déroulée de façon idéale, le réalisateur Josh Trank (Chronicle) ayant connu des déboires sur et en dehors du plateau, jusqu’à être invité à abandonner la réalisation de l’un des nouveaux Star Wars, qui venait de lui être confiée. Cover Matters: On Whitewashing. Cover Matters is a new monthly feature in which we examine the medium that is first contact between a reader and a book: the cover.

Cover Matters: On Whitewashing

This feature will dedicate more separate space to a topic that has always intrigued, irked, and befuddled us. Has Hollywood Been Whitewashing Robin Hood? By Kat Rosenfield 10/6/2015 When it comes to screen-ready English folk stories, you can’t do better than “Robin Hood”… which might be why Hollywood has done Robin Hood so many, many times.

Has Hollywood Been Whitewashing Robin Hood?

The famous thief is a core cast member in “Once Upon a Time”; he’s the action hero of a dozen feature films, with another four in development as we speak; he’s the singing, dancing star of “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”; he’s even been a talking, wealth-redistributing, Disney-animated fox in a cap and a tunic. (But no pants, because that would be weird.) And yet as many times as Hollywood goes back to Sherwood Forest, one thing always seems to stay the same: nearly everyone there, from Robin Hood’s band of Merry Men to his ladyfriend Maid Marian, is white. Bluefall, Concerning Hobbits (of Color)

Coloring Science Fiction with Diversity. Online feminist activist and writer Mikki Kendall talks about diversity in science fiction and its intersection with social justice, feminism, and race.

Coloring Science Fiction with Diversity

Mikki Kendall Longtime Hyde Parker Mikki Kendall is best known as an online feminist activist and social media force; her hashtag #solidarityisforwhitewomen became an international phenomenon, generating an intense conversation about the ways in which feminism has ignored and erased the voices of women of color. At the Bar: Side Effects of Being Invisible in Hollywood. When I was growing up, I was always reminded not take film and television seriously.

At the Bar: Side Effects of Being Invisible in Hollywood

"It's just a movie," my parents would say. "It's just TV," my sisters would say. Believe it or not...that all really stuck with me, right up until today. And yet I noticed that even though my family would tell me not take certain things seriously, it didn't stop them from taking some things seriously. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story. Cutting All the White People Out of Many Hollywood Films Makes Them Under A Minute Long. Why the hashtag #INeedDiverseGames matters to us. Like Millions of other people around the world, I love to play video games.

Why the hashtag #INeedDiverseGames matters to us

To me, video games encompass everything I love about creativity: emotional story-telling, beautiful art work, compelling characters and a chance to escape into a different world. However, like books, movies and television, video games are in some major need of diversity. The fact is, gamers aren’t all a bunch of white dudes. The male to female ratio is basically even, not to mention both male and female gamers are racially diverse. Why Minority Settings in RPGs Matter. Art from Never Alone Role-playing games offer participants limitless opportunities to explore new places, characters, and ideas.

Why Minority Settings in RPGs Matter

Why our children need to see their faces in the literature they read. The scarcity of black characters in video games. Witcher 3 and Diversity. Witcher 3 is a fun game.

Witcher 3 and Diversity

The Soapbox: Black Nerds, Escapism, & Why We Need More Diverse Books. “You guys know about vampires?

The Soapbox: Black Nerds, Escapism, & Why We Need More Diverse Books

… You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? Invisibility Blues: Exploring racial representation in Video Games. Dragon Age’s post-racial (high) fantasy. “Humans are the dominant race of Thedas,” reads one of the many loading screens that accompany the lengthy transitions from region to region in BioWare’s 2014 mega-RPG, Dragon Age: Inquisition.

A world in which race matters. I’ve been thinking about this article for the last day or so. I posted a link to it on my Twitter feed yesterday, and saw a few reactions to it that seemed… confused. Part of the problem is that the article gets a little muddled at points, I think because it’s talking about a complicated concept: race as identity, versus race as socioeconomic marker within in the modern (racist) political structure. But part of the problem, IMO, is the misconceptions that readers were bringing to the article themselves. We Need More Black People Making Video Games. I'm really loving this series of exchanges. But Evan, this is a serious question: What would you think of developers taking a page from the Wire's playbook, presenting what seems like a standard, old school white-protagonist-driven-crime-story (meaning McNulty), but actually creating a story that's almost entirely populated by black characters?

I know this is tricky, potentially ugly territory, since so many of those black characters were drug dealers, or defined by that world. But to me, part of the Wire's genius was that it was kind of a stealth "black show," with one of the biggest collections of black actors ever on TV. And look at the amazing story and overall show we got, when instead of casting a token black actor or two, and lightly grazing the kinds of issues that the black community has to deal with, we got this incredible ensemble, and an unflinching look at what's literally slaughtering so many black people in the U.S.

Seeking Racial Justice in Real Life and in Games. Over the weekend, the Spawn on Me Podcast hosted a two-day livestreamed charity event under the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag to honor the many Black lives that have ended due to police brutality. Specifically, the fundraiser—a gaming marathon that involved different gamers playing mostly non-violent games, such as the party game Fibbage and NBA 2K—sought to “provide a deliberate space for [gamers] to have fun with the community, and to reflect on the unequal way people of color, and specifically African-American people, are treated by law enforcement.” As of this writing, the event has surpassed its $5,000 goal, raising funds that will benefit the Erica Garner Fund and the New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, which “continues to organize protests and bail funds for those imprisoned for exercising their 1st Amendment rights on this matter.”

Charity events such as this one are not unique to the gaming community. Video Games' Blackness Problem. Video games without people of color are not 'neutral' Are non-white characters in fantasy games less "realistic" than dragons? Plenty of video game fans seem to think so. Come On, Video Games, Let’s See Some Black People I’m Not Embarrassed By. Digital Arabs: Representation in Video Games. Fig. 1. Colorblind: On Witcher 3, Rust, and gaming's race problem. Indie survival MMO Rust recently changed how players were assigned characteristics for their avatar. Black Women are Horribly Represented in Gaming. Author’s note: Please, for the love of the Hylian Goddesses, read the criteria below before commenting with Elena or Storm. Where Are All The WoC Hackers In Movies?

Movies are not known for having a diverse representation of programmers. Where are all of the women of color in science fiction? Advice Books Comics Movies & Television Sci-fi/ Cyberpunk Zombies The Underrepresentation of Black Women & Latinas in Science Fiction Fun facts before I get started: According to “Richard Whettestone of, as of 2005 only 15 science-fiction TV series have featured black women in lead roles. Less than 9% of Science-Fiction TV series have featured black women as main characters… Including recurring characters who were usually tossed in the background.” [Source] Where are the Black Women in Science Fiction? By Chardine Taylor-Stone Nichelle Nichols as Uhura of Star Trek. The visibility of Black women in Speculative fiction may be small but it is memorable. It’s time to take the white savior out of slavery narratives.

Nina Simone, Zoe Saldana, And Light-Skinned Fragility.