When it comes to filmmakers that are household names, usually Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Woody Allen and Michael Bay are at the very top the list. What’s wrong with this picture? Most prominently known film producers are usually males. However, there is a female film producer that has been a part of the industry for a long period of time and she is continuously breaking these barriers.
Comics have changed drastically from the humorous and over the top era that popularized them. No longer are they simple books for little kids. Comics have long-standing fan bases that cherish the story and characters alike. Today these publications are more gritty and the heroes often operate in a grey area.
Social media has reinvented the way we view activism. No longer do you need to pass out flyers or go knock on several doors to spread the word. A simple tweet to your followers or a post on Instagram will reach more people, in a short amount of time. This is especially true for individuals that are internet sensations or have a massive following. Social media presence is king in today’s society.
So far 2018 has been an amazing year for Black cinema. No two portrayals are the same and there is a little something for everyone. While there is still progress to be made these films are refreshing to see. Long before its release, I had been hearing talks of a film adaption of Angie Thomas’ debut novel “The Hate U Give.” The bidding war for the rights was being discussed, reactions to the cast, and even talks of colorism all shrouded the film before it even hit theaters. One of the running themes or emotions I felt while watching this film was the honesty of it all. As a Black woman watching this film I felt seen and I knew so many others would too.
The creator of the Emmy nominated web series “Brown Girls,” Fatimah Asghar, has released “If They Come For Us,” a book of poetry that “captures the experiences of being a young Pakistani Muslim woman in contemporary America.” Through her work of both “Brown Girls,” and “If They Come For Us,” Asghar talks about the intersectionality of being a woman, an orphan, an immigrant, Muslim in America, and queer.
“Capturing Every Moment from Another Point of View.”
“If you look up the definition of Aerial and Nomics, that’s what we perceived the business to be, when we put the name together,” Chris Andrews, owner of Aerial Nomics, an Atlanta-based aerospace company explained.
According to the Trap Music Museum and Escape Room located in Northwest Atlanta, the word “Trap,” is defined as structures, zones, or capacities where narcotic suppliers prepare, operate, and distribute their product; a place where one hustles and grinds for financial gain to change one’s circumstances.
Who determines what is beautiful? Too often we are told that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that’s not fully true. At very young ages we are bombarded with images that indoctrinate us with what society deems as attractive. However, in reality most people do not meet these unrealistic beauty standards. It’s possible that someone may be well into adulthood before they finally learn how to embrace their features. This was indeed the case for 25-year-old Sudanese model Nyakim Gatwech.
In a society where certain groups are taught to be ashamed of or embarrassed of their community, like people of color and members of the LGBTQ community, empowerment and representation is necessary, particularly for the youth. America’s black youth are among these groups, unfortunately black people are taught from a very young age that they are less than.