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“There’s this kind of spirit at the time, where you’re getting shows such as Fresh Prince and A Different World…This moment where they try to offer diversity, but it also had this undertone of talking about social politics. But it was never overt.“ 


Nafisa Kaptownwala for Vice US & Vans, “What 90s Clothing Ads Look Like With Millennial Models”

*slams fist on table* give autistic characters more diverse roles than “precious confused child” or “socially awkward super-genius” you COWARDS

Any time someone mentions how Black Panther lacks diversity, tell them:

  • Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and director Ryan Coogler are African-American. 
  • Danai Guria is a Zimbabwean-American.
  • Lupita Nyong’o is a Kenyan-Mexican.
  • Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, and Andy Serkis are English.
  • Florence Kasumba is German-Ugandan.
  • Letitia Wright is Guyanese.

Black Panther is an extremely diverse film with people from all over the world. Die mad about it. 

Adapted from a post by Squeezemetillipop.

Black Stunt woman Appreciation

Since the news about the death of stunt woman Joi Harris on the set of Deadpool 2 I thought we should big up some of the real Black Superheros

Kelsee King-Devoreaux

Professional stunt double, coordinator and author since the early 90′s. She was Jada Pinkett’s double for the Matrix. King-Devoreaux has spoken out against white stunt performers donning Blackface to double for Black actors when there are many Black performers who are capable and struggle to look for work.  

Angela Meryl

Actress, author and stunt performer extraordinaire. Who hasn’t the veteran and Taurus Award nominee doubled for Halle Berry, Beyoncé, Gabrielle Union, Rihanna, Vivica A. Fox

Natascha Hopkins

Hopkins has doubled for Halle Berry in numerous films but also Kerry Washington in Scandal

Amanda Foster

Born in Essex, this single mother of 3 was a hustling a supply teacher, model and film extra. When she was on the set of Patriot Games she heard there were no Black women stunt performers in the UK. She then started training to become the first. 50 years old and still doing YAS! 

Damita Jane Howard

Howard is the go to stunt woman for our faves doubling for Danai Gurira on The Walking Dead and Angela Bassett on American Horror Story.

Jazzy Ellis 

Independent filmaker, activist and stunt double.

Jwaundace Candece

Stunt woman, actress, writer, producer, and professional wrestler. WOW

April Weeden-Washington

She was a slayer. Nuff said. But really with skills like horse riding and martial arts Weeden has been slaying since forever.

Cheryl Lewis

Cheryl Lewis can do it all. Not only is she a pro stunt woman but she is a dancer, actor, aerialist, puppeteer and is trained in multiple disciplines of martial arts. She doubles for Simone Missick’s Misty Knight in Luke Cage.

Shellita Boxie

Started doing stunt work since 2008 and has worked on many big movies including the hunger games and Girls’ Trip

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Get out of here with this fake fantasy geek crap, honestly.

Just admit you’re uncomfortable seeing boys kiss boys and girls kiss girls. (And some who kiss both and some who aren’t boys OR girls).

Also I have to laugh at this guy, because my books have been slow-burn gay since the beginning and ramping up for a while. It’s obvious to anyone who isn’t wearing a blindfold. But now that characters are actually mashing faces, he’s COMPLETELY surprised.

Sorry, dude! Not my fault you’ve been a shallow reader for NINE FREAKING BOOKS.

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“Ultimately, Sense8 is a show about us. A show that connected us to the lives of a diverse group of people and through them told us a story about the best of humanity; a story about love, empathy, friendship, compassion, joy and sincerity. A show that despite having great action scenes and suspenseful moments, shines brightest in the interactions between its characters. In the profound heart-to-hearts, and in the beautifully meaningless and silly moments that are shared between them. It is these interactions that the show reveals how our emotions and their expressions the part of ourselves and our society that we tend to dismiss as irrational and inferior, end up being the most important.”

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Why can’t we just appreciate both movies as steps in the right direction it’s not that hard? WONDER WOMAN was amazing and BLACK PANTHER will be amazing too.

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FACE FORWARD - Meet the Photographer Advocation for Black Beauty in the Fashion Industry: Glenford Nuñez

“You photograph what you see around and the things you care about,” Nuñez says. “My mom is a Black woman. My sister is a Black woman. These are the people I love, so I want them to be depicted in the best possible light.” He is on a mission to capture at least 100 aspiring Black models to affirm that our beauty — inside an out — is worthy of praise.

featured models: Ra’Chael Baker, Kennedy McDaniel, Sinmidele Badero,Tene’A Cummings, Ariana Gulford, Emoni Baraka, Tayquana Demery

text: Juliee Wilson - Essence July 2017

NEW EVENT

For anybody living in the United States, November 23rd (Thursday) is the national holiday “Thanksgiving,” which is alternatively used as a National Day of Mourning for Native Americans. 

We’ve had really great turn outs for the last Tumblr Events in the past, and I say we reclaim this day as well. Thanksgiving is often a difficult time for Natives, especially Native children in elementary schools who are forced to reenact a whitewashed and fabricated version of history between their ancestors and the early settlers. The truth about these events are often swept under rugs with no regard for the trauma and pain it causes Native Americans to this day.

If Tumblr is going to be your escape on this day, let’s fill it up with things to be proud of. 

Post selfies, artwork, poems or anything you’ve created. 

Submit or send asks about your favorite Indigenous films, actors, activists, historical figures, or anything that gives you a sense of pride and inspiration.

If you are Native and own a shop or online store, advertise it here!

If you would like The Aila Test to add links to articles/documentaries/other sources that detail the horrors of Thanksgiving, let us know. We will set up a tag if you’d like to blacklist it, but I think it would be helpful and healing for everybody if we made this day more about us, our accomplishments, our creation, our pride, and our personal growth and happiness.

If you choose that day to mourn the loss of your family and ancestors, feel free to submit a tribute to them as well. Please know that we love and support you.