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In 1991, a political drama mesmerized the nation. A law professor named Anita Hill had made a stunning accusation — that Clarence Thomas, then a Supreme Court nominee, sexually harassed her when she worked for him at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The events that ensued are now the subject of the HBO film Confirmation, which premieres Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. Kerry Washington, who you probably know best as Olivia Pope on Scandal, plays Hill, who was very reluctant to reveal this decade-old secret.

‘It’s So, So Complicated’: Kerry Washington On Clarence Thomas’ 'Confirmation’

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If ya wanna see a “spooky” Clarence episode, tune in for “Belson’s Sleepover” this Thursday night! It’s one of the last scripts I wrote for the show and I’m pretty proud of it. I borrowed a lot from “House on Haunted Hill”, and even a little “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”…
Storyboarded by Ian Wasseluk, Charlie Gavin, Derek Evanick and Diana Lafyatis!

Thursday night at 6:30/5:30c on Cartoon Network

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Portraying one of the most polarizing women ever to testify before the United States Supreme Court? It’s handled.

Scandal‘s Kerry Washington will play Anita Hill in Confirmation, HBO’s upcoming movie about the scandal surrounding Clarence Thomas’ appointment to the nation’s highest court, per The Hollywood Reporter. [X]

Since the episode of Clarence we did special animation for, “Tuckered Boys”, has long aired on Cartoon Network, I thought it might be cool to show a wee peek at our process.

We animated the entirety of our sequences in flash, from roughs all the way to clean up and color. It was a fun challenge to get our bits to fit seamlessly into the show itself stylistically, most notably during sequences like this, where our work was dropped directly into the non “dreamy” sequences of the boys.

Above is the rough animation of Clarence rolling down the hill. Below is the clean up and color:

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Sorry for the wait! This isn’t edited as well as it could be because I’m coming down with some sort of illness that’s making me cold and achy, but I do hope you enjoy! I’d love to hear what you think <33

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my rocky road cupcakes ain’t what they used to be; august 13, 2013

Rebecca’s sister came early Tuesday morning to drive them up to Hull. It was their mother’s birthday and they were spending the night. I was invited, of course, but I thought it was important for the girls to have some alone time with their family. This left me home alone on a particularly dark and gloomy August day. With rain and wind in the forecast, I knew it was going to be a long night for me. Rebecca’s house creaked when a car drove by, so I could only imagine the noises it would make when I was home alone and hyper aware of every little sound. I’d never stayed by myself before and I may have been a little nervous. This wasn’t anything new. When my parents would go away for the weekend, I always made Memphis stay up with me. He was never pleased with this, but always stayed on the couch and watched Full House reruns with me so I wouldn’t cry.

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Waves of Feminism: A US-Centric Primer

This post is a broad overview of 167 years of activism in the US.   It is not meant to be an exhaustive discussion of the history of feminism.  Hopefully any commentary generated by this post will avoid name calling and stay on the side of expanding understanding.

Proto-Feminists = Women who spoke out for womankind before there was an organized movement.  Mary Wollstonecraft, Christine de Pizan, Abigail Adams, etc.

First Wave Feminism = The Vote.  Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Emmeline Pankhurt, etc.  The suffrage movement has its origins in the anti-slavery movement, but many of the most prominent first wave feminists were single issue activists.  WoC were generally marginalized by first wave feminism, but there were non-white suffrage activists (Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Terell, Sojourner Truth) and white activists involved in both the suffrage movement and the anti-racism movement (Lucretia Mott, Martha Coffin Wright, Florence Kelley).

After suffrage was achieved, feminist activity faded from view until the 1960s. Alice Paul and other suffragettes focused their efforts on passing the Equal Rights Amendment and working with suffragettes abroad.

Second Wave Feminism = The Women’s Movement.  Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Andrea Dworkin, Audre Lorde.  Second wave accomplishments include equal pay acts, the legalization of abortion, laws against domestic violence and marital rape, the founding of the first domestic violence shelters, and Title IX.  Second wave feminism is often criticized as being for middle class straight white women which is not an unjust criticism (”Lavender Menace”).  But within the second wave movement was the beginnings of intersectionality as WoC and non-straight women became more prominent.

After making headlines in the 1960s and 1970s, feminism faded again in the 1980s.  Sandra Day O’Connor was appointed the first female Supreme Court Justice in 1981.  The ERA failed in 1982.  

Third Wave Feminism = Coined in 1992 by Rebecca Walker (daughter of Alice) as a direct response to the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991.  Year of the Woman proclaimed in the US in 1992 as a record setting six women serve in the Senate (today there are 20).  VAWA passed in 1994.  Riot grrl. Transfeminism emerges as a term with work by Kate Bornstein and Patrick Califia.  Much more intersectional than second wave feminism.

Fourth Wave Feminism = Happening right now????  Maybe?

Feminism is a pretty big tent and not every feminist agrees on every issue.  Feminism is also a product of its environment as are other political movements.  Over time, feminism has become more welcoming of different races, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities the same way society as a whole has become more accepting of these differences.  That work is not finished.  Entire books have been written on how non-middle class, non-white, non-straight, non-cis women have been included and excluded from the feminist movement.  It’s complicated stuff and this is just an outline.

Sex positivity has a long and complicated history going back to the free love movement (Victoria Woodhall was a fan) to second wave ladies checking out their vaginas with hand mirrors to those who disagreed with anti-pornography activists in the 1980s.  Again, it is complicated stuff and entire books have been written on these subjects.

Feminism vs. beauty norms, feminism vs. stay-at-home moms, feminism vs. changing your last name when you get married.  All of these things have been a least a little controversial since the first wave (See: Lucy Stone, Amelia Bloomer, Dress Reform, and the biography of every married suffragette).  But, you can be a makeup-wearing, body-hair-shaving, last-name-changing, stay-at-home mom feminist.   Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a frustrated stay-at-home mom when she presented the Declaration of Sentiments at the Seneca Falls Convention.  Gloria Steinem was known for her mini skirts in the 1970s.  You can love nail art and feminism.  You can homeschool your five kids and be a feminist.  But like the second wavers said, “The personal is political.”  None of these choices happen in a void, they are products of both society and individual choice.

Whether or not you consider yourself a feminist, you have benefited from feminism.  Even if you’re a guy.  Alice Paul was a radical, Anita Hill was a nuisance.  They both made the world a better place.  

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Shout, Sister, Shout - The Boswell Sisters accomp. by the Dorsey Brothers

Recorded for Brunswick Records in New York, April 23, 1931

Composed by J. Tim Brymn, Alexander Hill and Clarence Williams

Kerry Washington Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios

Scandal star Kerry Washington has signed an overall deal with the studio behind the ABC drama series, ABC Studios, and its cable/digital division ABC Signature Studios, for her recently launched production company,Simpson Street. Under the two-year pact, Simpson Street, named after the street where Washington’s mom grew up in The Bronx, will develop broadcast, cable and digital projects exclusively for ABC Studios and ABC Signature.

As part of the deal, Washington has brought in Sharla Sumpter Bridgett as development executive/producing partner at Simpson Street.

Simpson Street’s first project, which preceded the overall deal, was the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas HBO movie Confirmation, which the company produced with ABC Signature as well as Groundswell Productions and HBO Films. The movie, in which Washington starred alongside Greg Kinnear and Wendell Pierce, premiered earlier this month to strong reviews.

“I believe strongly in the importance of having a seat at the table which makes starting this production company thrilling for me,” Washington said. “It’s an honor to be at a point in my career when I can help generate projects that that are exciting, necessary, and truly reflect the world around us. I’m grateful to be on this journey with ABC, a network that remains unparalleled in its commitment to inclusive storytelling.”

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The Real Story Behind HBO's 'Confirmation' From The NPR Reporter Who Broke The Story
Nina Totenberg broke Anita Hill's sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court Justice candidate Clarence Thomas in 1991. She reflects on the climate then and how she was "pilloried" for it.

HBO’s new movie Confirmation chronicles the intense confirmation battle for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after Anita Hill, a former employee, claimed he sexually harassed her.

NPR’s Nina Totenberg broke the story to the world in 1991, and she joins the NPR Politics podcast team to reflect on what happened, how it happened and why it still matters.

You had three African-American women there; nevertheless, they were dismissive of us and our experiences and chose to go with what his experience was. People say, “Well that was really more about his race,” but in the eyes of the Senate, it was about his gender. It was about male privilege. Who do you believe? You believe the guy who is a guy like you. And I think that is where the Senate came in on that.
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One woman made a choice to take a stand. Kerry Washington plays Anita Hill and Wendell Pierce plays Clarence Thomas in ‘Confirmation’.

Premieres on HBO April 16, 2016 8PM