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
Isabelle Lightwood: Lebanese, Mexican
Kira Yukimura: Japanese (actress is
Raven Reyes: Mexican, Irish
Tara Thornton: African American
Annalise Keating: African American
Olivia Pope: African American
Cookie Lyon: African American
Tasha St. Patrick: African American
Annabelle Zhu: (actress) Half-Chinese American and Part-Cherokee descent
Number Two/Portia Lin: (actres) White (Canadian) and Chinese
Republicans: “Voter ID laws aren’t about voter suppression!”
Me: “But two high-profile Republican politicians have admitted on live air TV that the Voter ID stuff is mostly about screwing over minorities and hurting democrats.”
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).
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.
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.
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.