Author Archives: Erica Freeman

Jay Hernandez, Will Smith and Margot Robbie

Diversity Aboveground: DC Films, the Good and the Bad

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

4 kids hang out at a bank

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

Captain Britain

Diversity Aboveground: Muslim Representation Needed

Muslims currently suffer from incorrect generalizations and bias. This is not suffering like an inconvenience or annoyance. In 2015, Mosques were attacked 63 times and  there were over 38 reported hate crimes just in November and December. Many hate crimes go unreported unless there’s property damage or hospitalization. Even in Canada, crimes against Muslims rose

the Mad Hatter

TRAILER: Alice Through the Looking Glass and into Wonderland Again

In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. This week, a new trailer came out for “Alice Through the Looking Glass”. The first 2010 film

The new Violet Baudelaire

Diversity Aboveground: A Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events was first announced as an adaptation by Netflix in November 2014. In August 2015, Daniel Handler, the author behind the original book series revealed on Twitter that, “In writing the Snicket series, it was important to me that everyone see themselves in the books. No character was designated by race

Erin, Jillian, Abby and Patty

Diversity Aboveground: New Ghostbusters Info

Now that more has been released about the new Ghostbusters film, is it still about female empowerment? Erin Gilbert (Kristin Wiig) has a doctorate in Particle Physics, specializing in spectral entities. This alone is pretty awesome. Females with Ph.Ds are pretty rare in film as it is and she’s applying it throughout the film’s plot

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