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Is it wrong that I’m already thinking how magnificent a First Lady Kim Kardashian could be?

And y’all know E! would get, like, 7 more seasons out of that stuff.

“Kanye, you’re POTUS. I know you have to sort out the middle east and terrorism and healthcare, but you never spend any time with me anymore!”

*she cries in a suitably dramatic manner while sad, cheesy music plays in the background and Kris tries to comfort her*

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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY! PART 1

Today I would like to honor all of the badass WOC actresses/characters on TV that deserve more recognition, and to show that you don’t always need to have superpowers or be a kung fu fighter to be awesome. You can be an independent, quiet, book smart, loving, brave woman who makes this world a better place. Characters like Cami O’ Connell, Elena Gilbert, Hayley Marshall, and Lana Lang are not the female characters we need to be looking up to.

Bonnie Bennett: African American

Originally posted by previouslyontvshow

Isabelle Lightwood: Lebanese, Mexican

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Kisa/Santanico Pandemonium: Mexican

Originally posted by sething

Kira Yukimura: Japanese (actress is Korean) 

Originally posted by moan-s

Raven Reyes: Mexican, Irish

Originally posted by betscoopers

Tara Thornton: African American

Originally posted by truebloodedblogger

Annalise Keating: African American

Originally posted by sfogarsi-xix

Olivia Pope: African American

Originally posted by ramblings-forever

Cookie Lyon: African American

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Tasha St. Patrick: African American

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Annabelle Zhu: (actress) Half-Chinese American and Part-Cherokee descent

Originally posted by alfiamalfoy

Number Two/Portia Lin: (actres) White (Canadian) and Chinese

Originally posted by a-ripley

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I am forever thankful for the women who band together and support and defend the WoC on our favorite shows.  Back in the day I felt alone in defending Martha Jones. Now I see Iris West defenders. Michonne defenders, Abbie Mills defenders,  Braeden defenders, (Though I don’t watch the show I see a lot of Bonnie defenders), like your bullshit will not fly anymore.  Its a shame we have to defend our ladies for being normal women on these shows, but it’s important, because only recently has Martha Jones become appreciated.  Look at what happened to Lacey on Twisted. Abbie could have been on track to being failed because people still are not ready for a WoC to lead a network show and Nicole squashed that and her supporters held her down (Abbie Mills saved SH).  

So keep fighting the good fight ladies.  

I’ve been thinking about this a lot and I really don’t know what to say other than this:

Black women got the hero(and a leading hero at that) that they deserved and they killed her- only to add insult to injury by telling us that she wasn’t anything but a glorified plot device for some white man’s heroic journey.

That’s fucked up, and it just keeps happening.

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Viola Davis finally gets to be sexy on screen — and that’s a huge deal 

In a recent interview with EW, Davis explained how her HTGAWM character is one of the few examples she’s ever seen of a dark-skinned, middle-aged black woman who is allowed to be sexual in a mainstream television show or film. And she’s not wrong. Davis has endured more than her share of Hollywood’s troubled relationship with black women.

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The Woman Leading A Crusade To Tell More Asian-American Stories
A lifetime of frustration has turned the breakout star of ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat into the perfect poster child for Asian-American representation.
By Jarett Wieselman

If Viola Davis’ Emmy speech last night about the importance of representation in Hollywood got you fired up, check out what Constance Wu had to say about the lack of Asian-American stories. 

Both of these women used their success to bring attention to the need for more (and better written) roles for women of color in American TV and movies. I’d say that’s a pretty powerful example of women using their Active Voices.