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Q&A With Julie C. Dao, Author Of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng's majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

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Dear Fanboys, a Diverse, Female-Led Marvel Animated Series Is Not About ‘SJWs’ and ‘PC’ Culture

Marvel answered many fans' prayers when they announced Marvel Rising, an animated franchise that will feature some of our most beloved female and diverse superheroes. Shockingly (not shocked), the blowback was swift, harsh and mean from the subset of comics fans that reacts to anything like change with attacks and the sound of a distant fit being thrown.

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Disney’s Mulan Finds Its Lead and It Is an Actual Chinese Actress

Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter announced that the live-action adaptation of Disney's Mulan found its lead in Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu. Even more impressive, the people in charge of casting went out of their way to ensure that they got an ethnically Chinese actress.

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Can Appearances Be This Misleading? IDW, Aubrey Sitterson, and the Cancellation of Scarlett’s Strike Force

Back in September, we reported on a situation involving comics publisher IDW, comics writer Aubrey Sitterson, and the right-wing harassment campaign responsible for putting Sitterson's work on the G.I. Joe line of comics in jeopardy. That situation seems to have carried over, affecting a female-led G.I. Joe book that is supposed to be coming out soon. One that's already been cancelled thanks to "poor sales."

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Rashida Jones Didn’t Leave Toy Story 4 Over John Lasseter Allegations, But Over Other Serious Issues

Even if this report had been true, it's still completely irresponsible to name a woman as a victim of sexual harassment without her consent. It's even more upsetting because the actual reasons for their departure are worth being highlighted.

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DGA Touts TV’s Most Inclusive Season, But Do They Even Understand What Counts as Inclusion?

The best thing about the current "Golden Age of Television" is that there's so much of it. Sure to us fans and consumers of content, it can seem a bit overwhelming, but every new TV show or limited series provides hundreds of jobs to hundreds of working professionals, many of them women, men of color, or members of other marginalized groups who are typically underemployed.

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The Importance of Jane the Virgin‘s Bisexual Character Reveal

First of all, if you haven't been watching Jane the Virgin, you're in luck, because Netflix has the first three seasons up, so you can scoot over there. Jane has never strayed away dealing with complicated issues from abortion, mental health, illegal/legal immigration, and the general hardships of being a young mother. In the most recent episode of Jane, they revealed a male bisexual character and had a very nuanced conversation about it.

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In Lack of Representation News: Less Than 5% of TV Writers Are Black & Half of Latinx Characters Are Criminals

The 2017 Emmy season was an important one in terms of highlighting the accomplishments of women and people of color in the entertainment industry. Two first wins and the first win in a category for a black actor in almost twenty years. It looked really promising. A recent study was done by the organization, Color of Change found that in the television writing rooms less than 5% of writers are black.

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Helpful Tip For Writing Diverse Characters—Try

At this point, it feels like the conversation about diversity in books should be a simple one. We need more of it because the majority of books being published by major publication houses are white and straight and that needs to chance. Done? Nope. A user from Twitter used the platform to let everyone know that she had a "hot take" on diversity.

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Mattie Belmonde: The Dark Horse of Carmilla

With the Carmilla movie only three days away, I have been eyebrows deep in a very intense re-watch for personal and professional reasons. There are many reasons why Carmilla has grown to become such a huge success: the amazing LGBTQIA representation, the creative storytelling, the mythology and the stunning cast and creative team that has surrounded the project. All those things are excellent, but for me personally, the thing I love most about the show is, Mattie.

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Castle Rock Trailer Hints at a More Inclusive Version of the “World of Stephen King”

After the awesomeness that was 11/22/63, I've been very excited about Castle Rock, the upcoming collaboration between Hulu, Bad Robot, and horror legend Stephen King. I got even more excited when the news broke that Moonlight's Andre Holland was joining the cast as the series protagonist. Now, this first trailer for the series has me excited for many other reasons. Check it out after the jump!

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A NYCC Marvel Retailer Event Turned Ugly, With Complaints About “Freaking Females” and Diversity

At a retailers' breakfast happening adjacent to NYCC, comic retailers had a panel of Marvel editors, writers, and staff on hand to answer their questions. But a normally tame event erupted into bickering and boos, because our never-ending culture wars always seem to find a fresh battlefield.

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Things We Saw Today: Check Out All the Amazing Art of #DrawingWhileBlack

This weekend, the hashtag #DrawingWhileBlack will celebrate and appreciate black artists, illustrators, painters, and graphic designers. Follow the tag to bring tons of amazing art into your Twitter feed.

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Christopher Eccleston Says the Arts Are the “Tip of an Iceberg” When It Comes to Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion go beyond race and even gender. Class is an important indicator of the advantages (or lack thereof) a person will have, and this can be compounded by race and gender to make things even worse for someone. In a recent interview, Christopher Eccleston talks about why it's important to think about this when it comes to diversity in the arts, and why the arts should only be a first step.

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Review: Detroit a Powerful Depiction of Racism That Manages to Erase Black Women

4 out of 5 stars.

They say that art imitates life, and at times of sociopolitical turmoil, art tends to take on a more dour, intense tone. Right now, there's Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, a film that takes place in 1960s Michigan, but feels all-too-relevant to the present moment.

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Niecy Nash Reminds Chelsea Handler That Diversity Goes Beyond “Black and White Women”

We've written about TNT's Claws, which stars the incomparable Niecy Nash at the head of a diverse cast of nuanced female characters, has a black female showrunner, and was created, in part, by a woman of color. It's certainly an example of progress. But, as Nash points out in a recent appearance on Netflix's Chelsea, diversity goes beyond "black and white."

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NBC Is Kicking CBS’ Butt in the ‘Valuing Women’ Department

NBC's new "Female Forward" initiative seeks to provide women with the pathways to success that are so often closed to them, simply because of their gender.

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Former GitHub Employee Writes About Company’s Failure to Uphold Its Own Values

In "Antisocial Coding: My Year At Github," Coraline Ada Ehmke recalls her time of employment at the company's Community & Safety team.

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Gina Prince-Bythewood’s More Than Ready to Bring Superheroes to the Big Screen in a Post-Wonder Woman World

We were thrilled to learn that Love and Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees director Gina Prince-Bythewood was taking the helm of the upcoming Spider-Man spin-off film, Silver & Black, becoming the first black woman to direct a big-budget superhero movie. With Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman kicking ass at the box office the way it is, Prince-Bythewood is more than ready to bring superheroes to the big screen.

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Bentonville Film Festival: These Up-and-Coming Filmmakers Are Ones to Watch (Part 2)

What I love about the Bentonville Film Festival is that it celebrates diversity both on-screen and behind the camera.

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