Diversity at cable news networks still low

Recently, an African-American host of an MSNBC show, Melissa Harris-Perry, left the network. Harris-Perry stated that her air time had been increasingly scaled back, and that the network wasn’t giving enough support for her show or minority visibility. Harris-Perry also gave another interview discussing all of this on a BuzzFeed podcast. Some like Salon have accused MSNBC … Continue reading “Diversity at cable news networks still low”

The 2016 Oscars’ animation nominees (and diversity issues *again*)

It’s time once again to look at the 2016 Academy Award nominees for animation. Best Animated Feature Anomalisa Boy and the World Inside Out Shaun the Sheep Movie When Marnie Was There   Best Animated Short Film Bear Story Prologue Sanjay’s Super Team We Can’t Live Without Cosmos World of Tomorrow Best Original Screenplay Bridge … Continue reading “The 2016 Oscars’ animation nominees (and diversity issues *again*)”

How to fix the comics industry’s harassment and diversity problems?

The past few weeks have seen a large amount of attention paid to the comics industry’s problems with diversity, sexual harassment, and sexism. To summarize recent events: The Mary Sue’s Marcy Cook wrote an article summing up the industry’s problems, and offers a possible solution to resolving them. Dark Horse Comics’ Scott Allie, its editor-in-chief … Continue reading “How to fix the comics industry’s harassment and diversity problems?”

Bleeding Cool states the biggest comic publishers need more diverse staffs

Comics website Bleeding Cool published an article today that says DC Entertainment, DC Comics’ immediate owners, are urging the comic publisher to put more effort into hiring women and minorities. As such, Bleeding Cool’s Rich Johnston argued for affirmative action policies (or “positive discrimination,” to use their British English terminology)—which of course drew the usual racists to the comments like dogs on … Continue reading “Bleeding Cool states the biggest comic publishers need more diverse staffs”

What should a diverse Justice League of America look like?

The current trend in comics, and various media overall, is reflecting today’s audiences by featuring a diverse cast of characters, including those who’re non-White, LGBT, or female. Comics have seen large growth in minority and women readers, and there’s lately more and more stories reflecting such. New characters like Ms. Marvel, Kevin Keller, the cast … Continue reading “What should a diverse Justice League of America look like?”

DC Entertainment launches a superheroine initiative aimed at girls

DC Entertainment has announced it’s planning to launch “DC Super Hero Girls,” a major initiative due this fall. Aimed at girls ages 6-12, it’ll feature teenage versions of various DC superheroines and supervillainesses, including Wonder Woman, Bumblebee (spelled “Bumble Bee” in the press release for some reason), Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and others. Designed … Continue reading “DC Entertainment launches a superheroine initiative aimed at girls”

Women have written six of the New York Times’ top 10 graphic novels this week

Making the rounds on Twitter today was this news: six of the top 10 graphic novels currently on the New York Times’ bestsellers’ list are written by women. The list (for the week of April 26) is as follows: Drama by Raina Telgemeier Smile by Raina Telgemeier Sisters by Raina Telgemeier Ms. Marvel, vol. 2, … Continue reading “Women have written six of the New York Times’ top 10 graphic novels this week”

Apple to introduce more diverse emoji

For the unaware, emoji are graphic icons often used in text messages, social media, etc. that are meant to serve as a replacement for the more traditional emoticons. First catching on in Japan, they’ve since become wildly popular. As an example, if you want to type a “smiley face,” there’s the traditional emoticon: :-) With emoji, … Continue reading “Apple to introduce more diverse emoji”

The 2015 Oscar animation nominees, plus the least diverse Oscars in 20 years

This year’s Oscar nominees have been announced. Here’s the nominees for Animated Feature Film: Big Hero 6 The Boxtrolls How to Train Your Dragon 2 Song of the Sea The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Should win (based on Rotten Tomatoes): “Princess Kaguya” (100% RT) or “Song of the Sea” (98% RT) Will win: Not … Continue reading “The 2015 Oscar animation nominees, plus the least diverse Oscars in 20 years”

Why diversity among A-listers matters: the new Thor and Captain America

Much has been written about this by everyone else over the past week, but I guess I’m obligated to chime in as well. Marvel’s announced plans to replace Captain America and Thor. For Thor, a woman will be assuming the role of the Mighty One after Mjolnir (Thor’s hammer) rejects him as being “unworthy” of … Continue reading “Why diversity among A-listers matters: the new Thor and Captain America”