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How to Come up with Diverse Protagonists

A couple years ago I wrote a post titled What to do When All Your Characters are White. I liked it, but in retrospect, it describes short-term solution. 54 more words

How are women typically represented in action films? ft. The Hunger Games Catching Fire and Kill Bill

Men have always typically been cast as the main star in popular action films such as Terminator and The Expendables, with most female stars just being cast as a sidekick or a ‘damsel in distress’ typical to the princess from Propp’s character theory. 2,090 more words

Action Films

Saturday Morning Cartoons Just Got Way Cooler

Representation in kids television is often just as hard as finding representation in kids books.  However, with the demands are modern lives, it is difficult to avoid turning to the television on a rainy day or when you just need fifteen minutes to take a shower. 776 more words


Hollywood's flawed definition of representation and diversity.

Since the inception of film and television, Black actresses have been portrayed as being obnoxiously loud, housekeepers, servants, angry, sexual objects, slaves etc. Black actresses first made their appearance on television being the respectful and very obedient house keeper which is problematic due to our disastrous history being slaves and indentured servants. 331 more words

"Why am I doing this?"

It is nearly the beginning of the school year here in BC, Canada. New beginnings are always special with untold opportunities and challenges before us. As a teacher, educational assistant, or parent who is home schooling a child, it is important to keep one question at the forefront and ask it of yourself daily: … 265 more words

General Math

Valerie’s Complexium: Navigating Through Nerd Spaces

Originally posted at Black Girl Nerds

Welcome to my column. I thank Jamie Broadnax and the BGN family for giving me a platform to talk about the adventures I experience being a journalist. 739 more words