Disney has two movies in theaters right now starring queer characters—but you’d be hard-pressed to name both of them. In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever , Michaela Coel plays a warrior with a female partner, a relationship given the most cursory of nods toward the end of the movie when the pair calls each other “love.” That feint toward sexual diversity is par for the course with Disney movies these days: sprinkle a little queerness in there for the folks at home, but not too much, so that it can be easily excised for the overseas release. (Either way, bigots are unhappy.) Very much not par for the course, though, is the other Disney movie with a queer hero playing this weekend. Strange World boasts not only a queer teen lead, voiced by IRL queer comedy icon Jaboukie Young-White , but that queer teen is also biracial. Between the explicit queerness and the interracial family at its center, Strange World is shockingly progressive—well, as far as Hollywood family films go. … [Read more...] about ‘Strange World’ Is Disney’s First Animated Movie With a Gay Lead. Why Is It Being Buried?
The 2015 Oscars—and the resulting #OscarsSoWhite movement —were a wake up call in the struggle for diversity and inclusion in Hollywood. But while the Academy is still grappling with how to ensure diverse representation three years later, the biggest film awards outside of the U.S., Britain’s BAFTAs , have formally brought into effect new eligibility requirements aimed at improving the diversity of its film awards. The new diversity rules, which may provide a useful template for the Academy, mean that in order to be considered for two of the most prestigious 2019 awards—‘outstanding British film’ and ‘outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer’—a film must fulfil a number of criteria, and give representation to minority voices in regard to disability, gender, race, age and sexual orientation. BAFTA is also encouraging film makers to represent “people from lower socio-economic groups.” A project does not need to represent all of the minorities, but ‘at … [Read more...] about BAFTA Introduces Diversity Requirements for Award Nominees
Sunday morning, hours before this year’s Emmys ceremony, Being Mary Jane actress Gabrielle Union tweeted : “I’ve been doing TV since 1995. This will be my 1st time going to the Emmys & I’m presenting an award! 22 yrs later. #OvernightSuccess .” The actress’ first credited appearance was in an episode of Saved by the Bell: The New Class and while that might not be the type of show that garners you an Emmys invite, it’s surprising that in 22 years as a successful actress Union hasn’t even been at the ceremony. But then again, she’s a black woman in Hollywood, so it’s not really surprising, is it? This moment for Union comes two years after Viola Davis gave her a shoutout in her historic win as the first black woman to win a best actress in a drama Emmy. Awarded a statue for her role in How to Get Away With Murder , Davis who traded in roles like the one in The Help where she played a maid, Davis put her community to task for its lack of inclusion. “In my mind, I see … [Read more...] about Emmys: How to Get Away With the Bare Minimum of Diversity
0 This post is sponsored and contributed by Community Corner A valuable opportunity for students who demonstrate academic achievement, social justice and civic engagement, and leadership abilities Roycemore School , Brand Partner Posted | Updated Reply This is a paid post contributed by a Patch Community Partner. The views expressed in this post are the author's own, and the information presented has not been verified by Patch. Do you have a child in your life with unbridled potential and a keen love for learning? Have their past experiences with school not given them the resources and attention to help them flourish? A small school with a nurturing environment could be the answer. By providing more one-on-one interactions and community building in the classroom, students at Roycemore build important relationships and grow. Roycemore School, located in Evanston, IL is an independent preschool - grade 12 college … [Read more...] about Full Scholarship for Most Diverse Private High School in Illinois
The accrediting council for the American Bar Association (ABA) voted 15-1 to no longer require the administering of the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) for law school applications, according to the Wall Street Journal. Starting in 2025, the ABA will no longer mandate that law schools require a “valid and reliable admission test” as a part of its application process, after feedback from a public comment period suggested that dropping the testing requirement would increase diversity, according to WSJ . Law schools may still require the test as a part of its admissions process, but the LSAT will no longer be required for accreditation. (RELATED: Colleges Chose Diversity Over Merit. Now, They’re Getting Neither) The Clinical Legal Education Association, a group focused on promoting justice and diversity within the legal foundation, argued that dropping the LSAT requirement would allow law schools to individually address “the persistent lack of racial diversity” within their … [Read more...] about American Bar Association Drops LSAT Requirement For Law School Admissions In The Name Of Diversity
close Video House Republicans hold press conference following Representative Mayra Flores' swearing in House Republicans welcome Representative Mayra Flores. Republicans will take control of the U.S. House of Representatives in January with a majority that is both younger and more diverse than in years past. Although Republicans fell far short of the much-predicted "red wave," the party still flipped 21 seats held by Democrats on their way to the House majority this midterm cycle . Many of those victories were won by women and minorities. In Texas, Rep.-elect Wesley Hunt won a newly drawn congressional seat based in the Houston suburbs. Hunt, a Black, 41-year-old former helicopter pilot, told Fox News Digital he was proud to be part of a new generation of conservative leadership . "We took our freshman class picture this week and I was just astounded by how diverse this group is," said Hunt. "But it's not just about those … [Read more...] about House GOP majority younger, more diverse than it’s been in years