Diversity in Children’s Books Is Broke AF!

This is so sad to see, fam.

At the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, author Tameka Fryer Brown hosted a panel called, “Celebrating Diversity: The Brown Bookshelf Salutes Great Books for Kids.” In her presentation, Tameka discussed an interesting infographic inspired by Tina Kügler’s 2012 infographic.

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This “updated” infographic below displays the sad truth about POCs in children’s books. Please take a look

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As you can see, objects and animals are featured more the children of color; and that’s not all. Many children’s books still feature white males as the lead. Plus many of the (published and company supported) writers remain white as well. Just seeing this info really stings, because you see why many kids of color don’t think of themselves as heroes, leaders or beautiful. The lack of visibility in children books sends a strong message that our stories or presence aren’t important.

And when that message is so clear, our kids feel worthless and undervalued. Hopefully, this issue will get better, because this mess right here is completely unacceptable.

For more on this topic, go here

5 Women of Color that could be the New Catwoman

There’s a lot of talk about who could be in the stand-alone Batman film with Ben Affleck. We know that Deathstroke will be featured, maybe Tim Drake (Robin), but what about Catwoman?

Recently, Anne Hathaway said she would love to return as the feline criminal/crime fighter in the current DCCU. But let’s remix that thought for a moment. What if she does pops up in the DCCU, but it’s someone else in the role? Personally, I’ve always thought of Selina as a woman of color.

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When I saw Eartha Kitt as Catwoman it just made so much sense to me and in Batman: Year One, I thought she was a WOC.

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So, if she’s introduced in the DCCU, I think these actresses should be considered for the role:

 

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Teyonah Parris

Teyonah would be amazing as Selina. She has played diverse roles before and I think she will be a great Catwoman.

 

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Yaya Dacosta

She was 2nd place in America’s Next Top Model, but now she’s doing her thing on film and television. Yaya’s sleek style and grace could be perfect for the role.

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Genesis Rodriguez

Best known in Telemundo telenovelas, Genesis is no stranger to drama and action. So, playing Catwoman could be a breeze for her.

 

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Rinko Kikuchi

Rinko is already an action star with Pacific Rim, 47 Ronin and other Japanese films. With lots of film experience, Rinko could transform Catwoman into something fascinating.

 

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Rila Fukushima

Rila played Yukio in The Wolverine. Keeping it real, she was the best part of the film for me. Rila has cat-like features that could dazzle on screen. Hell, I’m already excited thinking about her in the role.

6 Queer Characters of Color we should see in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Marvel has a huge cinematic and TV universe. From film to Netflix, they got it covered with amazing tales and incredible characters. However, we think it’s time to see more queer characters on the scene, especially more queer characters of color.

So check out this list of some folks we should see soon.

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America Chavez (Miss America)

America has an interesting background that mixes space, different dimensions and time. We could see her in the Infinity War, GOTG or in Captain Marvel, considering America’s back story. Also, she could pop up in Agents of SHIELD as they start exploring other dimensions.

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Xi’an Coy Manh (Karma)

With this talk of a New Mutants film, they better include “Shan”. Her power to possess people is absolutely amazing and her back story… It’s rough, but it could provide an excellent tale of inner strength and resilience. Shan has always been a wise member of any team, so seeing her on screen would be phenomenal!

 

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Miguel Santos (Living Lightning)

Miguel is one of those characters we don’t hear a lot about in the Marvel universe. He’s very powerful though, flying sub-light speeds, invulnerability in his energy form and can manipulate bursts of electricity and electrical fields of varying intensities. Miguel would be an asset to any team, in fact, he’s been an Avenger.

 

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Ren Kimura

The Inhumans are beginning to flourish in the MCU. With new ones appearing regularly, why not add Ren to the mix. Her powers are kind of cool; Ren’s skin on her hands and forearms can transform into to metallic razors. It would neat to see her powers at work.

 

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Timothy Cababa

Tim doesn’t have superpowers, but he works for Tony Stark as a scientist. It would be interesting learn more about Tony’s business through the characters running departments and projects in his name. Tim could be that character. He could be someone useful for the Agents or The Defenders.

 

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Xavin

If The Runaways series gets picked up, Xavin should on the team. Xavin is a Skrull who’s in an interesting situation. Xavin came to earth to marry Karolina Dean, but Karolina is a lesbian. No biggie for a Skrull, since they are shape shifters. So, Xavin shifts into a Black woman. If done right, Xavin will be a fascinating character to watch. The complexities of being a lesbian/POC/male/female could give us a character so multi-layered and beyond anything we expecting.

‘Moonlight’ is the Coming-of-Age Story We’ve Been Looking For

Talented director Barry Jenkins has a new movie coming out and it looks amazing! It’s called Moonlight and it will premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Moonlight is the tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

Anchored by astonishing performances and the singular vision of filmmaker Barry Jenkins, Moonlight is a groundbreaking exploration of male masculinity—a sensual, intoxicating piece of cinema that uncovers deep truths about the moments that define us, the people who shape us most, and the ache of love that can last a lifetime.

I’m soooo here for this