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Avery the pirate

Diversity Aboveground: Cannons in the Clouds

Diversity Aboveground: Cannons in the Clouds

This week marked the release of Cannons in the Clouds by Daniel Woolley and Anne Gresham as a trade paperback. The story revolves around a teenager who wants to be more than a “trust fund brat” and falls right into the life of a fierce pirate captain whose reputation is known throughout the universe. Also,

Academy president speaks

Diversity Aboveground: Oscars Boycott?

Last Thursday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) released nominations for the 2016 Academy Awards  and once again, it appeared comprised almost entirely of Caucasian males. Women did fare better with previous years. The eight Best Picture nominees had seven female producers although the only solo female directors represented are Deniz Gamze Ergüven under

John Boyega Oscar Isaac Daisy Ridley

Diversity Aboveground: 2015 Recap

2015 was an exciting time for diversity in entertainment. Now’s the time to celebrate the triumphs that happened this year. Star Wars: The Force Awakens “It’s a phenomenon in the [film] industry that we call ‘stupid people’. There is genuine, recalcitrant, intractable sexism, and old-fashioned quiet misogyny that goes on. You hear ‘Oh, [female superheroes]

Diversity Aboveground: Star Wars Heroes

SPOILERS BELOW!   With last column discussing how Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Rebels are increasing the diversity of female characters, what about the male heroes? Are they better representing the audience watching the films? What else still needs to happen? Admiral Statura Admiral Statura is one of the leaders of the

Ahsoka, Kanan and Sabine

Diversity Aboveground: Star Wars Heroines

Spoilers Below! Star Wars isn’t known for its strong females. The original six films have Leia Organa and Padme Naberrie and about six seconds of various other females like Mon Mothma. The new television series and films are changing that. Ahsoka Tano Tano became a fan favorite on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and now

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