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15 Movies That Aren’t About Straight Thin White People That You Need To See

There are few things more depressing than trying to think of movies about young women who aren’t white. It’s also depressing trying to think of movies about young women who aren’t straight. Oh, and when you try to think of movies starring women who are plus-sized? Ha! Good luck with coming up with more than a handful, if that much.

Despite the fact that there are so many different kinds of girls out there–black, brown, queer, fat, etc–the media really hasn’t caught up, especially the movie industry. Seriously, we have a larger chance of seeing vampire girls than seeing a gay Asian chick. I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure there are more gay Asian chicks than vampires. What gives? Er, okay, the answer is racism but anyway…

There might be a huge lack of diversity in some of your favorite movies, but there are still some great films out there that actually represent the diversity of young women’s experiences. Check out these 15 movies that aren’t about straight, thin white people and add some new favorites to your list.

#BlackGirlMagic: Quvenzhané Wallis Lands 4-Book Deal With Publishing Giant Simon & Schuster

Talented child actress Quvenzhané Wallis is making leaps and bounds in the publishing world by landing a four-book deal with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Wallis’ deal includes a chapter-book trilogy and a picture book to be released between January 2017 and Summer 2018, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Golden Globe nominee’s picture book will be loosely based on her life. It follows Shai Williams, a spunky third-grader who attends an award show with her mother.

Wallis, 12, was the youngest actress ever to receive a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her poignant work in the 2012 film Beasts of the Southern Wild. Since then, Quvenzhané has starred in the remake of Annie, Twelve Years a Slave, and the animated film, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.

Wallis released a statement about her new project and hopes to encourage readers to tap into their imagination.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

“Reading is very important,” Wallis said. “It allows people to form a visual experience in their minds of what is going on in the story. I hope all readers enjoy using their imaginations along with me and take a journey into my books.”

Dawn Davis, vp and publisher of 37 INK, a division of Atria added, “The characters Quvenzhane has portrayed have an alluring mix of self-possession and vulnerability. We look forward to her bringing that same electric combination to the page. We also hope these books will help expand the diverse array of voices in the children’s book space.”

Wallis is currently working on more films. Her next role will be alongside Russell Crowe and Aaron Paul in Fathers and Daughters. The movie is about a widowed Pulitzer-winning writer who struggles to find his voice after a mental breakdown.

Congrats to Wallis on spreading more Black Girl Magic!

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“There was something magical about Quvenzhané Wallis that draws people to her and will continue to draw audiences to her for a long time to come. The prestige of being nominated for an Academy Award is a well deserved honor for cinemas new princess. Although she may be taking everything in stride, as children often do, as I watched her dance around our studio that day with a paper crown falling off her head, I could almost see her growing right in front of my eyes into the woman that will one day take her place on the throne as the queen of the silver screen.”

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Inktober Week 4!!!

And here’s the last full week of my Influences and Inspirations Inktober :D (This week was on the more recent side of things that have affected me) There’s just three more days of October, and it’s been so much fun drawing all of these this month.

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(Week 3)

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“When it all goes quiet behind my eyes, I see everything that made me lying around in invisible pieces. When I look too hard, it goes away. And when it all goes quiet, I see they are right here. I see that I’m a little piece in a big, big universe. And that makes things right. When I die, the scientists of the future, they’re gonna find it all. They gonna know, once there was a Hushpuppy, and she live with her daddy in the Bathtub.”

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Dir. Benh Zeitlin

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“When it all goes quiet behind my eyes, I see everything that made me lying around in invisible pieces. When I look too hard, it goes away. And when it all goes quiet, I see they are right here. I see that I’m a little piece in a big, big universe. And that makes things right. When I die, the scientists of the future, they’re gonna find it all. They gonna know, once there was a Hushpuppy, and she live with her daddy in the Bathtub. “ 

“Quando tudo fica quieto atrás dos meus olhos, vejo cada coisa que me fez voar por lugares invisíveis. Se me esforçço em distingui-los, desaparecem. Mas quando tudo se aquieta, vejo que estão aqui. Vejo que sou uma pequena peça em um grande, grande universo.  Então sinto que assim deve ser. Quando eu morrer, os cientistas do futuro irão achar isso tudo. Eles irão saber, um dia existia uma Hushpuppy, e ela viveu com o seu pai na Banheira.”

Beasts Of The Southern Wild (Indomável Sonhadora)

  • tumblr:We want more movies with minority representation.
  • tumblr:I mean, to help that get here we could go watch movies with it, like 12 Years a Slave or Beasts of the Southern Wild.
  • tumblr:But nah, we'd rather see Frozen and The Avengers again for the 30th time.
  • tumblr:We also want more LGBTrepresentation.
  • tumblr:But we won't actually go see movies or tv shows with LGBT characters.
  • tumblr:It's easier to just watch shows with straight characters and assume they're gay.