Entries in diversity (5)

Wednesday
Aug172016

NNN Episode 242 - #AllSpidermansMatter

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Topics: We discuss the new Ironman (aka Riri Williams) in the comics and our conflicting emotions surrounding Brian Michael Bendis writing another minority character.  There is a great commentary on The Blerd Gurl about Marvel and diversity in comics.  We go into TV Squees about Preacher on AMC.

Intro - Boom Tap / Outro - Feelin Good provided by Mike (Pound 4 Pound Podcast) & Marion Moore from ALBM Production

Tuesday
May192015

NNN Episode 199 - #SuperWhite90sShow

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Topics: On Nerdtastic News, #DiversifyAgentCarter Reminds Us That “Because History” Isn’t a Reason to Whitewash a Show.  The Black Owned Business of the Week is Luxe Oil, specializing in all sorts of things to moisturize your skin and scalp!   

Our main topic this week is a showdown between 90s shows that were super white.

Our Match-ups

  • Boy Meets World vs Clarissa Explains it All
  • Sabrina, The Teenage Witch vs The Secret World of Alex Mack 
  • Saved By the Bell vs That 70’s Show
  • Friends vs Seinfeld 
  • Full House vs Step by Step 
  • Frasier vs Mad About You 
  • Suddenly Susan vs Veronica’s Closet 
  • Dawson’s Creek vs 90210 vs Melrose Place vs Felicity 
  • Blossom vs Boy Meets World 
  • Charles in Charge vs Mr. Belvedere 
  • Home Improvement vs The Nanny 
  • Highlander vs Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 
  • Hercules vs Xena 
  • Sweet Valley High Vs Clueless 
  • ER vs Law & Order 
  • Homicide Life On the Streets vs The Wire 
  • Charmed vs Buffy 
  • Roswell vs Dark Angel

 

Friday
Apr172015

NNN Episode 195 - Pants of the Patriarchy

Art by KivaBay

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Topics: On Nerdtastic News, Wonder Woman movie loses director, Michelle MacLaren and this doesn't bode well for the project.  We have two Black Owned Businesses of the Week. The first is an Indiegogo campaign for Paralysis movie; a horror film with a Black Woman protagonist who's experiencing very weird possibly supernatual events. The other is Kickstarter campaign for De La Soul's new album.   

This week we welcome guests, Tanya D. (@cypheroftyr) and Bianca Anderson(@biancajand).  They talk about their experience in the [A]List Daily interview. Bianca told a great story on how interview series came to be.   We discuss gender and racial identity in video games and gaming community, shirtless guys in comic books tv shows and decided a game about stealing the pants of patriarchy is greatly needed. 

Other topics include a Black Steampunk Sherlock Holmes, 12 year old girl researching why mobile app games don't have characters that look like her, and Tanya D.'s article on historical accuracy in fantasy worlds.

Friday
Oct242014

NNN Episode 174: #INeedDiverseGames Interview with @Cypheroftyr


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Topics: @Cypheroftyr, the Mod of #INeedDiverseGames, stops to discuss the trending twitter hashtag, diversity in gaming, and the future of #INeedDiverseGames

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Tuesday
Oct042011

Why is Glee So Addicted to Failure?

Gleeks Diverse, but not really.
Three years ago, Ryan Murphy (the mastermind behind such hits as Nip/Tuck and Popular), decided to bring the story about a group of affable losers with amazing voices to the small screen. Glee became an instant hit, garnering a large fanbase and impressive Nielsen numbers. Though it didn't start off perfect, most POC fans stuck it out in hopes that Murphy and Company would, at some point, would take full advantage of the diverse cast and stop using them as ethnic window dressing.

That time still hasn't come. In the last three seasons we've seen Mike, the breakdancing asian kid (who at first I assumed suffered from some form of selective mutism) be trotted out every seven or eight episodes to teach the kids some new moves or make out with Tina, the other (non-dancing) asian kid who gets about as many lines as he does. Then there's Mercedes, the big beautiful ebony diva who has a wild, passionate love affair with...tater tots. Lauren, the other resident big girl, get a shot at Bad Boy Puck but that's even played for shits and giggles.  I mean, Puck couldn't really have a thing for The Other Fat Chick, right? Meanwhile, Idina Menzel Jr. (otherwise known as Lea Michele), Finn, Quinn and Kurt get actual storylines and love interests. They get to be three-dimensional, fully-fleshed out characters. (They also get a FUCKLOAD of solos.)

In the third season opener, we saw...well, more of the same, except Mercedes had moved on up from potatoes to a brotha on the football team. The asian couple is still "Asian" and "Other Asian" (Mike is trotted out to, of course, help his fellow Gleeks out with some choreography) and Santana's still a Spicy Latina. Oh, and then there's the new character, a trust fund kid who punctuates every insulting run-on sentence with "I have Asperger's." I'm sure that went over really well with those affected by the disease.

And we won't even talk about the other gaffes. Like Murphy's insistence that Blaine be gay instead of bisexual so that "kids will know he's one of them." What? What does that even mean? Were bisexuals kicked off the LGBT team? What about the less-than-flattering portrayals of female characters? Either you're a slutty ditz, an evil slut, a frigid priss, or a sassy asexual with remarkably shiny hair. Or, in Tina's case, invisible.

It's depressing, really, that a show that had so much promise continues to devolve into boring, uninspired shlock and "Very Special Episode of 'Blossom'" moments. Just when you think the show has let you in on the joke, you wind up getting Slurpee'd.