Have you ever turned on a television show or film and identified with an admirable character on screen? If you happen to be a white man, that answer will more than likely be “yes”. Superman, Han Solo, James Bond, the most iconic characters in film share your general appearance and values that society teaches you to hold in high esteem (honor, wealth, power, etc.). Where does this leave women and minorities? While it’s not impossible to find great female, black, and LGBTQ role models in film, it’s far too difficult in comparison to our white cisgender male counterparts. This gap in representation on screen and behind the camera throughout Hollywood is largely unfounded in 2016, yet studios are still resistant to the progress audiences have been calling for. When we see ourselves represented on screen in a powerful and positive way, it can boost self-esteem. Isn’t it about time the diversity we see in our American society be reflected in the entertainment we consume?
In recent years Viola Davis won a Tony, an Emmy, and received nominations for numerous Golden Globes and two Academy Awards for her powerful performances. As a child she dreamed of becoming a theater actor. What began with small stage roles turned into a vibrant career, leading to her iconic lead role on How to Get Away With Murder. Viola Davis oozes talent that makes her worthy of the ultimate title: Goddess! Read More!
The wonderful thing about modern film making is that if you have a good idea, you can make it happen. Katherine Alyse is amongst the many who have turned to YouTube as a platform for her series, The Fat One. The show explores body issues and insecurities in the dating world. We don’t often get to experience what it’s like for others, so this is a wonderful look into how insecurities are the things we have most in common. Read More!
Warning: Some Spoilers
Most of us went out this past weekend to see Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Most critics and bloggers bashed it for all it’s worth. However, a 7.4 user score on Metacritic.com would suggest there are many who loved the movie. It’s very easy to focus on the negative when it is all that’s been spread around. For me, however, this movie is a little bit bad and a little bit good and here is why. Read More!