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Diversity Aboveground: TV Winners & Losers 2016

Diversity Aboveground: TV Winners & Losers 2016

It’s that time of year again to reflect on what television gave us this season and whether next season will be better in TV Winners & Losers 2016. Winners: Literary Fans Assuming they’re willing to put down their latest novel, book lovers will have more than usual to choose from on television. ABC will have

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ December 25, 2018

The long rumored sequel to Disney’s 1964 film, “Mary Poppins”, is happening. Not only has Disney confirmed a December 25, 2018 release date but also a director and main cast. Rob Marshall will direct with his Mary Poppins being Emily Blunt and a new friend, Jack the Lamplighter played by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Over twenty years

TRAILER: Finding Dory, Now with Plot!

“Finding Dory” reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way. The all-new big-screen adventure dives into theaters in 2016, taking moviegoers back to the extraordinary underwater world from the original film. The new trailer has Dory searching for

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Diversity Aboveground: DC Films, the Good and the Bad

The current slate of DC Comics films are representative of Hollywood as a whole. There’s still an emphasis on Caucasians especially males. People of color appear to be cast for brownie points. Different sexual orientations are just about non-existent. However, there are some bright spots. Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice Two Caucasian male actors

Trailer: Disney’s Queen of Katwe

“Queen of Katwe” is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she

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Diversity Aboveground: Free Comic Book Day 2016

Saturday, May 7, 2016 is Free Comic Book Day! Yes, it’s time once again to locate your participating stores, show up, check out the free comics and give them some love with your cash, too. Store vary from the usual comic book stores to book sellers like Books a Million to collectibles shops. You can

Diversity Aboveground: Asians Ignored

Asians haven’t had it easy in Hollywood. For most of American film’s existence, East Asian characters have been portrayed by Caucasians in yellowface and/or consistently the villain or man servant. Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong complained in a 1933 interview, “Why is it that the screen Chinese is nearly always the villain of the piece,

Trailer: Spielberg and Disney make The BFG

Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie’s presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants. After

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