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The new Violet Baudelaire

Diversity Aboveground: A Series of Unfortunate Events

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

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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