They may be less prominent than characters in other TV shows, but these queer and trans characters should be acknowledged and critiqued when necessary. This year FX’s Pose made a huge splash on television as a show that not only features queer
Dubbing the sudden absence of predatory men as the categorical dimming of some bright, new era rings of a false equivalency for many marginalized viewers.If you have remained plugged into our daily Hollywood news cycle, it might seem as if each day brings a newly exposed sexual predator. While that may sound like hyperbole, the sentiment is actually not that inaccurate: since news of Harvey Weinstein's history of assault broke via major press in early October, dozens of celebrity abusers have been publicly identified by their victims. As an audience, our responses to the steady stream of stories have run the gamut – especially for those of us who have our own experiences with sexual abuse. Though some remain focused on the specific trauma (and to be clear, the well-being of the victims ought to be our collective priority), others have their sights set on the potential aftermath. What does all of this mean for Hollywood and the state of entertainment, in general? As we witness the rightful takedown of critically acclaimed men like Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K., many have wondered how this continued exposure of Hollywood's predatory culture will affect the entertainment landscape, especially within television. Recently, TV critic Ben Travers of IndieWire noted Hollywood's current purge as a mark of permanent change to, in his words, “the new golden age of television.” To his credit, Travers is careful not to cite the onslaught of shamed men as the end of premium entertainment, but rather a potential opportunity for a more inclusive industry. That specific hope echoes those of many BIPOC creators who have been working diligently against the very climate that has systemically boxed them out of opportunities.
It is Black History Month, and we're at the midpoint! If you haven't done anything yet to celebrate, allow me to invite you to do any or all of the following: 1. Support your local, non-gentrified, authentic Black-owned establishment. Don't just peruse,
In the 12th episode of the new and acclaimed series Queen Sugar, Nova's love life takes an interesting turn as she is garnering more attention and notoriety for her activism work in ending antiblackness, abolitionism and freeing Too Sweet (a character
Season 2 of the Netflix series Jessica Jones, based on the Marvel comic Alias, is set to be helmed entirely by women-identified directors. This almost never happens, so it's a big deal. The series focuses on an unlikeable superhero character who survived an abusive