One woman’s well-intentioned crusade to end street harassment has some racially insensitive side-effects.
Emily Rios, who plays lesbian reporter Adriana Mendez in FX series The Bridge, came out during an interview at TCA’s FX day.
I talked with the flat-out amazing Laverne Cox about everything from Emmy reactions to deconstructing transgender tropes in a John Legend video to dealing with intersections of racism and transmisogyny. It was awesome.
“Friess reacted to Mannie’s request that white gay men stop referring to themselves as ‘strong black women’ by threatening to withdraw hypothetical support of black women’s political and social issues (none of which he actually names)! That’s not allyship, that’s just another example of a person in power offering abstract and highly conditional support to an oppressed group of people with whom he claims a false and unrequited kinship.”
Among STEM Ph.D. holders, women and black people are leaving the field in disproportionate numbers. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to connect the dots: sexism and racism strike again, to the detriment of everyone.
Azealia Banks’ break from her record label is one more fight in her battle for artistic agency.
How do you top being on the cover of “Time?” Well, if you’re Laverne Cox, you star in a music video, announce a new acting role, land another magazine cover and get an Emmy nomination.
“When will white feminists take collective responsibility for educating themselves? When will they understand the power at play that sings in their skins? We don’t exist in a vacuum and women of colour don’t exist to hold their hands and explain in painful detail why their behaviour continues to hurt us. Intersectional feminist politics are not for white women to co-opt as their own.”
Just like you and I contain multitudes, so does the movement which advocates for women’s empowerment and equality.
Lena Waithe’s web series about a queer Black woman navigating her twenties is coming to a television near you!
“You can take makeup off or pile it on, and it can mean so much to you and how you see yourself. That’s powerful. That’s very potent. That’s witchwork.”
“Since most music industry folks go to great lengths to hide same-gender loving artists, it was great to have the opportunity to see how industry insiders on the show reacted to the relationship between Monifah and Terez. Their overwhelming support showed that people were not as unwilling to accept a season finale in which Monifah Carter had a same-sex relationship as many think. The stereotype of the homophobic R&B community was breaking down before our eyes.”
Who are the QPOC or POC artists that we bob and weave to on an everyday basis? In the spirit of our A-Camp QPOC group The Speakeasy, here is a Block Party playlist for everyone to enjoy.
“But just when you think you know where it’s going, the story turns. What emerges is a series feels less like a ‘transgender comedy’ and more like a distinctive TV show that just has a bunch of trans casting. And while aspects of transition are covered, they occupy a more background role. For instance, Sam and Sü discussing living plans over black market electrolysis, or a shot of mail-order hormones.”
“Over the next few weeks, I’m gonna guide you through portraits and their stories, and how to get the looks if you so desire. If anyone would get these photos, it’d be you babes, right? My queer family. These are all pictures of us. They always were.”
I’m so over lists reinforcing the idea that a women’s primary value is as an aesthetic object — but actually, I think McMullen has successfully combated that here. Yes, these women are being described as “sexy,” but it’s an inclusive, stereotype-busting sexy.
Lorraine Hansberry’s lists of stuff she Liked, Hated and was Bored to Death With puts everyone currently working in the list business to shame.
Here’s the news we missed while I was freaking out about a potential technological disaster.
“The Messiah Complex is radical because it takes on concepts of beauty, class differences, gender roles, and navigates love and life in a trans or gender-nonconforming body, all within a Black context. Never before have I seen so many nuanced themes in an all Black cast.”
“I am pro-friend dating because I’m 99% sure that’s the only kind of date I go on.”