@WGAEast Diversity Tax Credit aiming to “tangibly” increase number of women and people of color in writing and directing roles faces opposition: Thede urges public support


The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore writer and performer Robin Thede is using her platform to support the Writers Guild of America, East’s proposed amendment to the Empire State Film Production Credit. The diversity tax credit is facing opposition, despite aiming to “tangibly increase the number of women and people of color in writing and directing positions” by allotting around $5 million of New York’s $420 million credit for film and TV production to projects that hire qualified women and people of color in writing and directing roles.

She is urging people to voice their support for the WGAE’s amendment — which passed the New York State Assembly but still needs to pass through the Senate — by emailing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and two key state senators by June 16.

“I know it requires more than a retweet or just pressing the ‘like’ button, but aren’t we all craving a little more sophisticated communication these days? Your small effort can literally make TV and film better and help provide opportunities to countless qualified writers and directors. And it’s free!”

Actually, if McDonalds workers make $15 an hour your mcdouble will NOT cost you $5.

Stop saying this. Stop believing this. This is exactly what bigger corporations want you to believe. This is the real deal though:

 If Minimum wage had gone up over the years with inflation like it should have, minimum wage workers would be averaging fourteen dollars an hour. Fourteen dollars an hour is what’s called a ‘living wage’. If minimum wage had gone up with inflation like it was supposed to, it would have benefited the economy and no, a mcdouble would not cost five dollars.
It’s really important that you understand that minimum wage stopped increasing years ago, and inflation kept going- making everything significantly more expensive but not giving anyone the wages to afford it all. Now, we’ve reached a point where people CAN’T go to school because they’re too busy clocking in at three different jobs where they only make six dollars and forty cents an hour after taxes, and they either don’t have time for school or don’t have the money.
The “get a better job” mentality is a super privileged way of thinking. If you can afford both, that’s awesome. You do you.
A lot of people can’t afford to do both.

Now, you’re probably starting to think: but, a job flipping burgers shouldn’t pay more than the job I went to school for!

This is what you failed to realize before you started complaining about how someone else has it better than you even when they actually don’t:

If minimum wage had gone up, then everyone else’s wages would have risen too. You would still have more money than poor people. Don’t fret.

Also, if you really are just greedy, think of it like this:

the poorer people are, the more they need government assistance, which (thank you kindly) is paid with the tax dollars contributed by you fifteen dollars an hour making people. 


7 Aha Moments from 'Engaging the Feminine Heroic'

The magical lecture by author and script consultant Dara Marks began, appropriately enough, with a blustery downpour. A unique co-production between New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) and Writers Guild of America East, “Engaging the Feminine Heroic” was an invitation to honor our mythological heritage and explore the archetypal structures of our stories and ourselves.

The following morsels are my takeaways and understanding of the ideas introduced during Marks’ central thesis, which had to do with the necessity of integrating both the masculine and feminine realms into our narratives and recognizing that every hero(ine) must journey through both.

Seven concepts that struck my soul:

  1. Narrative has a higher function. It carries information on how to live. It is “not simply a thing, but the very air we breathe, the very thing we swim in.” The moment it passes, it becomes memory.

  2. The very fact that certain myths have survived through the ages indicates there is a timeless truth to those narratives. We can look to them for inspiration for our writing and our lives.

  3. When we’re young, we make decisions about who we are going to become. Eventually, the other aspects of ourselves go to war to get us back. 

  4. The masculine side of our nature strives for ascension; the feminine, for connection.

  5. Embedded in the masculine pull towards ascension is the desire to reach inherently unattainable heights. With every benchmark achieved in art and life, it is never enough. Goalposts shift. There is always a crisis of faith.

  6. The crisis of faith inspires and requires a descent into the feminine underworld. We emerge “more ourselves” at the other end. Creativity grows out of the “compost [of the] debris of life.“

  7. “In the young feminine, [as in the Persephone myth] there is an abduction… The mature feminine hears the call.”

By the time I was ready to go home, the deluge had subsided—and I’d found a friend with an umbrella.