We've been excited about Doctor Who's latest companion, Bill Potts, for a while now. Well, if you saw actress Pearl Mackie bring Bill to stunning life in the show's S10 premiere "The Pilot" over the weekend, you've likely already fallen in love with her. Of course, change isn't easy for people, and there are always going to be some who are skeptical of a new companion no matter what. Here are some reasons why you may just become smitten if you give her a chance.Read More
It's important now, more than ever that we see depictions of Latinx in media that go beyond the impoverished immigration narrative. Latinx who may have accents and who may be immigrants, but who've lived and worked (legally even!) for decades and are intelligent, thoughtful, nuanced people. The trailer after the jump promises that the upcoming film Beatriz at Dinner, from Puerto Rican director Miguel Arteta, will deliver just that.Read More
Interview: Tee Franklin Honors the Stories of Queer, Black, Older Women in Her Graphic Novel, Bingo Love
It's rare enough to read comics that feature protagonists of color, female protagonists, LGBTQIA+ protagonists, or protagonists over A Certain Age. To have a comic that captures all four of those at once is a truly rare and beautiful thing. With her upcoming, self-published graphic novel, Bingo Love, comics creator (and creator of #BlackComicsMonth) Tee "Vixen" Franklin delivers on all of those things while telling a romantic story of love across the decades.Read More
When Viola Davis gave her acceptance speech after winning Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars last night for her role in Fences, I needed to lie down. It was a moment so intense and emotional that it damn near wore me out just listening to it! But if anyone deserves to get intense and emotional while waxing poetic about what it means to be an artist, it's Viola Davis. Check out her full speech above.Read More
It's almost boring how common and seemingly acceptable yellowface and whitewashing Asian characters and culture is in popular media. Yet, when a world-renowned fashion publication purports to do a diversity issue, only to feature a white model doing a six-page, yellowfaced, weirdly orientalist photo spread while relegating non-white models to one page each? That's enough to make a person un-bored real fast.Read More
If you live in one of 14 U.S. Cities, there may be a FREE SCREENING in your future!
Not only was Hidden Figures a solid biopic with some lovely performances (Taraji P. Henson is basically always amazing), but it told a story in desperate need of telling. Now, in honor of Black History Month, 21st Century Fox and AMC Theatres are joining forces to provide FREE SCREENINGS of the film!Read More
Piggybacking on the hype surrounding director Amma Asante's current film, A United Kingdom, which is now in theaters in the U.S, we've been getting information about her next, Where Hands Touch, which is currently in pre-production.Read More
Someone call a carpenter to install another shelf in Viola Davis' home, because she's going to need a place to put all of these well-deserved award trophies.Read More
I wonder, though... what if she got to play Iron Fist?
After seeing this clip of Jessica Henwick in action, I'm left to wonder just what it would be like if Marvel ended up making her Iron Fist instead of Finn Jones. Sigh.Read More
We've finally got an all new video for you in our From Indie to Blockbuster video series, spotlighting female directors we think should be given more attention (and employment!) and whom we'd love to see taking the reins on a blockbuster film. In this installment, we're focusing on Amma Asante, director of the upcoming film A United Kingdom.Read More
Octavia Spencer and Others Nationwide Help Underserved Girls See Hidden Figures, Because Representation Matters
Some movies are important for their artistic achievement. For others, their impact is about so much more than mere critical accolades. Hidden Figures is one such film, which is why star Octavia Spencer, as well as community leaders, teachers, and fraternities and sororities have been making it possible for underserved communities to see it when they otherwise might not be able to.Read More
There Are Many Reasons For Lady Liberty to Be Represented By a Black Woman, and Only One Reason Why Not
SPOILER: That one reason is racism.
Yesterday, the United States Mint unveiled the first in a series of gold "Liberty" coins that were created to celebrate 2017 as the Mint's 225th Anniversary Year. On this first coin, which you can see in the tweet above, Lady Liberty is a black woman crowned with stars. Since this is America, this naturally led to lots of, um, discussion.Read More
When we talk about things like representation in comics, it's very easy to focus exclusively on what's not there. Equally important, however, is celebrating (and sometimes reminding ourselves!) of what is there and what has been there all along! Powerful black superheroines in comics are not new or news. Rather, they often don't get the coverage or conversation they deserve, despite their long, rich histories. Misty Knight's Uninformed Afro is looking to change that.Read More
Hidden Figures tells the real-life story of mathematician Katherine Johnson and her colleagues Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson who helped launch astronaut John Glenn into space.Read More
UPDATED: Being Latinx Is Not About Color: What We Can Learn From Floriana Lima’s Casting as Maggie Sawyer on Supergirl
I was immediately smitten with Floriana Lima on The CW's Supergirl. Her character's been billed by the show's creators as Latina, and Maggie herself talks about being a non-white lesbian growing up in Nebraska. It's an awesome and rare double-whammy of representation in a fictional universe. I also learned, when looking Lima up on Wikipedia to see her other credits, that she's not Latina at all, but Italian-American. This is where things got complicated.Read More
Canada's Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz announced today that Viola Desmond, black rights activist known by some as "Canada's Rosa Parks" (even though her civil disobedience happened nine years before Parks' action in the U.S.), will be the first Canadian woman on their $10 bill!Read More
Paul Feig Shares What He’s Learned About Women Through Ghostbusters Experience, Which Includes Nothing About Race
But Harambe photos, tho!
As director of the "controversial" (controversial if you have trouble believing women can do things) Ghostbusters reboot, Paul Feig has had a very interesting and not entirely pleasant 2016. In a recent short essay, Feig shares what he's learned about "being a woman." Notably missing are any insights he may have gained about the specific challenges of being a black woman, a la Leslie Jones.Read More
"If you are not an intersectional feminist, you’re not a feminist. Period."Read More
This week's Feminism Around the World column is dedicated to the amazing women alive right now — activists, artists, athletes, politicians, and more — who are doing great things and working to move the needle toward parity and justice in their respective fields. for whom we're eternally grateful.Read More
[VIDEO] TMS Chats With Nerdcore Phenom Sammus About Her New Album, Pieces in Space—Plus an Exclusive Track!
Despite the way Jeopardy's Alex Trebek likes to trash-talk, we here at TMS know how awesome nerdcore can be! In fact, when I went to GeekGirlCon this year, I made sure to attend the Women of Nerdcore panel, where rappers Sammus and Shubzilla took to the stage to talk about being two of the only women in the nerdcore game. I was able to connect with Sammus after that, and it turned out that she had a new album coming out, so of course, I had to chat with her about it!Read More