women and girls lead

When entrepreneur Ariell Johnson opened her comic book store and coffee shop in Kensington, Pennsylvania back in December 2015, it became an instant hit both locally and nationally. 

Being hailed as the first African American woman to open a comic book store on the east coast

she immediately caught the attention of ABC News, CNN Money, MSNBC, and tons of other web sites and blogs.

“When young girls come in here and know that a woman owns the shop, a black woman owns the shop, and they can see titles where girls are the heroes and not just the love interests or the sidekick… when they see women and girls taking the lead in things, that’s really powerful.”

She’s The Boss

#BlackGirlMagic #BlackExcellence 

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So about USA channels ad on a movie marathon exclusively showcasing Women.

But the only Black Women featured film is of a Black Man dressed in a stereotypical drag of a Black Women. This meets their quota of a Women of Color featured film.

What is this trash!!!!??? #Heated 

Here is a list of Movies/Docs with Black Women leads:

4 Little Girls (1997)

Alex Haley’s Queen (1993) 

American Violet (2009)

Anna Lucasta (1958) 

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974) 

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Beloved (1998) 

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011) - Starring Angela Davis, Shirley Chisholm
The Bodyguard (1992) 

Boarding House Blues (1948) 

Carmen Jones (1954) 

Claudine (1974) 

Cleopatra Jones (1973) 

Coffy (1973) 

Colombiana (2011)

The Color Purple (1985) 

Crooklyn (1994)

Daughters of the Dust (1991)

Dreamgirls (2006) 

Eve’s Bayou (1997) 

Feast Of All Saints (2001)

I Will Follow (2011)

The Josephine Baker Story (1991)

Lackawanna Blues (2005) 

Mama Flora’s Family (1998) 

Middle of Nowhere (2012)

Pariah (2011) 

Poetic Justice (1993)

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1997) 

The Rosa Parks Story (2002)

Set It Off (1996) 

Sister Act/Sister Act 2 (1992/1993)

She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

Something New (2006) 

Soul Food (1997) 

Sparkle (1976) 

Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)

Waiting to Exhale (1995)

What’s Love Got To Do With It? (1993) 

Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998) 

The Wiz (1978) - Starring Diana Ross

A Woman Called Moses (1978)

Yelling to the Sky (2011) 

How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

Lila & Eve (2015)

Love & Basketball (2000)

Brown Sugar (2002)

Love Jones (1997)

Two Can Play That Game (I don’t like the centering of getting a man but whatever)

-Notice the lack of Sci Fi films. There is a lack of black sci fi films in general, but especially black sci fi films written, directed, and acted by black women. We need to work on that.

Here is films with Black Women in 2016/2017:

Fences (2016)

Black Panther

Hidden Figures 

Danai Gurira in All Eyez On You

Queen of Katwe 

Southside With You

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Misty Copeland Biopic

Viola Davis in Harriet Tubman Biopic

Kerry Washington as Anita Hill in Confirmation

Regina Hall in ‘When the Bough Breaks’

Ruth Negga in 'Loving’ ( Unsure about this one..gonna keep my eye on it)

Add to the list.

Here is a list of Films centering Women of Color & Produced By Women of Color/Directed By Them Too:

“35 Shots of Rum” by
Claire Denis (2008)

“A Different Image” by
Alile Sharon Larkin (1982)

“A Girl Walks Home Alone at
Night” by Ana Lily Amirpour (2014)

“Advantageous” by
Jennifer Phang (2015)

“Ala Modalaindi” by
Nandini Bv Reddy (2011)

“All About You” by
Christine Swanson (2001)

“Alma’s Rainbow” by
Ayoka Chenzira (1994)

“Appropriate Behavior”
by Desiree Akhavan (2014)

“B For Boy” by Chika
Anadu (2013)

“Bande de Filles/Girlhood”
by Céline Sciamma (2014)

“Belle” by Amma Asante
(2013)

“Bend it Like Beckham”
by Gurinder Chadha (2002)

“Bessie” by Dee Rees
(2015)

“Beyond the Lights” by
Gina Prince-Bythewood (2014)

“Bhaji on the Beach” by
Gurinder Chadha (1993)

“Caramel” by Nadine
Labaki  (2007)

“Circumstance” by Maryam
Keshavarz (2011)

“Civil Brand” by Neema
Barnette (2002)

“Compensation” by
Zeinabu irene Davis (1999)

“Daughters of the Dust”
by Julie Dash (1991)

“Double Happiness ” by
Mina Shum (1994)

“Down in the Delta” by Maya
Angelou (1998)

“Drylongso” by Cauleen
Smith (1988)

“Earth” by Deepa Mehta
(1998)

“Elza” by Mariette
Monpierre (2011)

“Endless Dreams” by
Susan Youssef (2009

“Eve’s Bayou” by Kasi
Lemmons (1997)

“Fire” by Deepa Mehta
(1996)

“Frida” by Julie Taymor
(2002)

“Girl in Progress” by
Patricia Riggen (2012)

“Girlfight” by Karyn
Kusama (2000)

“Habibi Rasak Kharban”
by Susan Youssef (2011)

“Hiss Dokhtarha Faryad
Nemizanand (Hush! Girls Don’t Scream)” by Pouran Derahkandeh (2013)

“Honeytrap” by Rebecca
Johnson (2014)

“I Like It Like That” by
Darnell Martin (1994)

“I Will Follow” by Ava
DuVernay (2010

“In Between Days” by
So-yong Kim (2006)

“Introducing Dorothy
Dandridge” by Martha Coolidge (1999)

“It’s a Wonderful
Afterlife” by Gurinder Chadha (2010)

“Jumpin Jack Flash” by
Penny Marshall (1986)

“Just Another Girl on the
IRT” by Leslie Harris (1992)

“Just Wright” by Sanaa
Hamri (2010)

“Kama Sutra” by Mira
Nair (1996)

“Losing Ground” by
Kathleen Collins (1982)

“Love & Basketball”
by Gina Prince-Bythewood (2000)

“Luck by Chance” by Zoya
Akhtar (2009)

“Mi Vida Loca” by
Allison Anders (1993)

“Middle of Nowhere” by
Ava DuVernay (2012)

“Mississippi Damned” by
Tina Mabry (2009)

“Mississippi Masala” by
Mira Nair (1991)

“Mixing Nia” by Alison
Swan (1998)

“Monsoon Wedding” by Mira
Nair (2001)

“Mosquita y Mari” by
Aurora Guerrero (2012)

“Na-moo-eobs-neun san
(Treeless Mountain)” by So-yong Kim (2008)

“Night Catches Us” by
Tanya Hamilton (2010)

“Pariah” by Dee Rees
(2011)

“Picture Bride” by Kayo
Hatta (1994)

“Rain” by Maria Govan (2008)

“Real Women Have Curves”
by Patricia Cardoso (2002)

“Saving Face” by Alice
Wu (2004)

“Second Coming” by
Debbie Tucker Green (2014)

“Something Necessary” by
Judy Kibinge (2013)

“Something New” by Sanaa
Hamri (2006)

“Still the Water” by
Naomi Kawase  (2014)

“Stranger Inside” by
Cheryl Dunye (2001)

“Sugar Cane Alley/Black Shack
Alley” by Euzhan Palcy (1983)

“The Kite” by Randa
Chahal Sabag (2003)

“The Rich Man’s Wife” by
Amy Holden Jones (1996)

“The Secret Life of
Bees” by Gina Prince-Bythewood (2008)

“The Silence of the
Palace” by Moufida Tlatli (1994)

“The Watermelon Woman”
by Cheryl Dunye (1996)

“The Women of Brewster
Place” by Donna Deitch (1989)

“Their Eyes Were Watching
God” by Darnell Martin (2005)

“Things We Lost in the
Fire” by Susanne Bier  (2007)

“Wadjda” by Haifaa
Al-Mansour (2012)

“Water” by Deepa Mehta
(2005)

“Whale Rider” by Niki
Caro  (2002)

“What’s Cooking?” by
Gurinder Chadha (2000)

“Where Do We Go Now?” by
Nadine Labaki  (2011)

“Whitney” by Angela Bassett
(2015)

“Woman Thou Art Loosed: On
The 7th Day” by Neema Barnette (2012)

“Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down
Girl” by Joan Chen (1998)

“Yelling to the Sky” by
Victoria Mahoney (2011)

“Young and Wild” by
Marialy Rivas (2012)

Here is a short SCI FI film Produced by a Black Woman, and Main Character is a Black Woman: 

PUMZI :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlR7l_B86Fc

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It’s here it’s here it’s here!!!! Out of the closet and into our hearts, Gay Mean Girls is now live. Share with your friends, your exes, and everyone who’s afraid of you.

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My Coming Out Story (And my undying love for Supergirl)

I’m gonna talk about Supergirl for a second and why the queer story line is so goddamn important and why tonight’s episode hit me so hard.

So, in case my profile doesn’t *scream* Gay… Here I am, formally saying yes- I am indeed gay. This isn’t anything new, I’ve been “out” since I was 18, I came out the 6th of October and I take a moment out of my day every year on that date to reflect on how much my life has changed since I did come out. Now, getting to Supergirl… I’ve been watching the show since day 1, badass female leads? Superhero? Strong role model young girls could look up to? I was sold. And then we found ourselves where oh so many shows do, it wasn’t bringing in the viewers but instead of being cut- they moved it to the CW and it was announced that there was going to be a queer character on one of the superhero shows. Being gay and an avid Supergirl watcher, my brain went straight to badass sister of Supergirl herself- Alex Danvers.
Not only was I, (and just about the ENTIRE world) correct in my assumption. I had no idea I would fall head over heels for her freaking beautiful badass Agent (now girlfriend) Maggie Sawyer. But the journey that would come out of, well… Alex’s coming out, would remind me so much of my own.
Regularly on shows that have a queer character coming out they don’t show the internal struggle, not only are you dealing with a part of yourself that you either never made sense of- or in my case buried so deep down that you never wanted to confront it, you suddenly have to show everyone around you that you’ve had this mask molded onto you from birth that you’ve never been able to take off. This mask, this safety blanket, this “normality” in the eyes of some is exactly what makes coming out so goddamn hard.

I had known I liked girls since kindergarten. That’s no exaggeration. I can remember my after school program had put on a play, “Sleeping Beauty” and I had watched and memorized it- start to finish… So what did I do? I asked the chaperones if they could put the play on again, they said sure- and then they asked me what part I wanted to play. I simply replied, “The Prince”. And I did. I played the prince entirely from memory in that little play, kissed the princess on the cheek, and saw no wrong in it. No one told me I couldn’t save the princess, no one told me I was wrong.
And then I grew. And as one does, you watch you friends pine after boys and you wonder why you don’t feel the way they describe they feel… Why you feel jealous of them… Not jealous of your girl friends. Jealous of the boys who kiss them, and then you research… And research… And you find this word. This word that you had heard whispers about. Never in your life has a word had so much weight. This word that you identify with, but don’t want to identify with in fear of everything in your life changing. And it does. Because you embrace this word. Whatever that may be. Or you choose to just be you… Whomever that may be.

Me? I suppressed and suppressed and suppressed my feelings for the same sex until I was on the verge of a mental breakdown.
Wanna know how I came out? I had to text it to my mom. Who was in the same room as I was. Because I couldn’t say those three little words, “Mom, I’m gay” My mom, much like Alex’s mom Eliza, knew. And I knew she knew… For years she tried to drag it out of me and I refused to even talk about it with her because simply… I was afraid I was going to disappoint her. I wasn’t afraid of being kicked out. I was afraid of disappointing people I loved. Just thinking about the thought of disappointing the people I loved most in the world, even though I know they knew my darkest secret, scared me more than any physical harm that could ever come to me. Because I felt like my parents thought I was better than being gay. I thought somehow I was lesser than, because that’s how society makes anyone feel who identifies as different. So when Alex came out to her mother this episode, two lines stuck out to me the most:
“I feel like I’m letting you down…” -Alex “Why would you being gay ever let me down?” -Eliza
I identify with Alex on levels so deep, I am the older made-to-be-perfect sibling that takes care of their younger sibling, someone who feels like they need to be a certain way and live a certain perfect life or their parents would be disappointed in them. So when I did come out- the weight lifted off not only my shoulders but my entire body and I cried… And cried… And cried… But that secret I had kept for so many years, that mask that was put on me at birth that I never identified with, it was gone. And I’ve never looked back.

If coming out has taught me anything it’s that being yourself is exactly who everyone wants you to be. There’s no one else like you, there will never be anyone else like you, and your parents should be proudest when you’re being yourself and loving who you are on the deepest levels.

So, you go Alex Danvers. You kiss the girl you want to kiss and if the world doesn’t like it? Fuck ‘em.

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Originally posted by sketchygogh

One of the many whippings I took before I finally got the move and my favourite photo of the trip to Antão.

p/c: Eric Passos

Uhm who cares what men believe in anyway? They’ve been running the whole world since the begining look where its gotten us; non stop war, poverty, climate change and other horrible things. Its time for women to step up regardless of what men think of us. Let us not be above men but equal to and lets help eachother because thats all we’ve got

seriously though like do y’all realize,,,,,, how fucking important the mof comic is,,,,,,,,,,,,,, for women,,,,,,, for girls,,,,,,,,, who are comics fans,,,,,,,,,,,,,, like,,,, you have a female lead who is technically the antagonist and yet she’s the character the reader is supposed to sympathize with and root for and support, a female lead who is in college studying for a male-dominated field (law), a female lead who is disabled, a female lead who is not conventionally attractive at all, a female lead who many people believe is mixed race, a female lead who is very clearly in over her head and yet does not once lose her agency and determination, a female lead who is not fridged or traumatized for mainpain or shock value, a female lead who is capable and smart and challenges the male villain protagonist in all kinds of ways that are not romantic at all, a female lead who does not hesitate to call the male villain out on his bullshit, a female lead who does not let any of her potential empathy for a man guilt her into letting him get his way, a female lead who does not let a man’s overgrown tantrum guilt her into letting him get his way, a female lead who is sexualized at times but in an extremely unsettling way that draws further attention to just how fucked up and nasty the male villain (and by extension the male gaze) is, like?? the entire comic is?? literally?? a metaphor for how gross and harmful male entitlement is?? and it’s barely even a metaphor because what it shows is really just a very extreme form of male entitlement?? it also very clearly portrays the cycle of abuse and how taking your anger out on someone else isn’t going to solve the problem that made you angry in the first place?? while still allowing the female lead to be angry at her abuser, as a lot of real people would be?? i’m never gonna be over the mof comic it’s literally life-changing and it still blows my mind like 7 years after reading it for the first time seriously please do yourself a favor and read this comic it’s available on several sites to read for free just google “new year’s evil scarecrow read online”

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Comics Buzz #2!!! If you’re looking for diverse comics you definitely need to start looking on the web! I found an awesome list of over 100 webcomics featuring black leads and that sort of took me down this webcomics rabbit hole. (http://joamettegil.tumblr.com/post/129254047960/webcomics-w-black-leads)So even though I only talk about 5 webcomics in the video know that there are a ton more! Thanks so much for watching the video!! Please be sure to like, comment, and share!! 

We’ve Got A Female Lead, Ya’ll

Oh my! A FEMALE LEAD, ya’ll!!

And 1, 2, 3, 4…

YEAHHHHHHH

YEAAAAAAH 

YEAAAAAAH

WE’VE GOT A FEMALE LEAD, YA’LL!!

YEAAAAAAH

YEEEEEAAAAAAH

YEEEEEEEAH

WE’VE GOT A FEMALE LEAD, YA’LL!!!

Who could it be?

Which one of our ladies could play a lead role?

Could it be Jaime?

Could it be Rachael?

Could it be Lauren?

Or maybe someone else??!?

YEAAAH

YEEEEEAAH

YEEEEEEAH

WE’VE GOT A FEMALE LEAD, YA’LL!!

TW for child marriage

How Morocco’s Islamic Women Preachers Are Leading A Social Revolution

“Girls are “like a timebomb ready to explode and ruin the family’s reputation,” the Moroccan jewelry trader tells his customer as she admires a display of necklaces.

The solution is to “get rid of this bomb” by marrying your daughters off as soon as you can, he explains.

His customer, Hannane, replies firmly that Islam does not advocate child marriage and that women can also play an important role outside the home.

Hannane is one of a new generation of female religious leaders, known as morchidat – part of a quiet social revolution in the North African country.


Their groundbreaking work is the subject of a British film, “Casablanca Calling,” which will be showcased on Tuesday night at an international conference on child marriage in Morocco’s famous port city.

The morchidat were introduced in 2006, partly in an attempt to counter Islamist radicalism following suicide bombings that rocked Casablanca in 2003.

The hope is that these female spiritual leaders can both encourage a more tolerant Islam and improve the position of girls and women in Moroccan society.

“The morchidat are a rare experiment in the Muslim world,” the film’s Moroccan associate producer Merieme Addou told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“It’s the first time in a Muslim country that a religious role has been given to a woman.”


The morchidat give guidance to women and young people in mosques, schools, orphanages, hospitals, prisons and rural villages.

But Addou says they have their work cut out as they try to overcome the many problems facing Moroccan society.

“So many cultural traditions – from early marriage to women’s education - have become confused with religious teaching and it is challenge to separate them in people’s minds,” she adds.”

Read the full piece and watch the video here

“Success on the front of women’s rights will look like a world not only with obvious advances –- where no girl is denied access to education, for instance –- but also one with more subtle changes in how we regard gender and gender stereotypes…. Success means that if I have daughters they will look at me with wonder when I say there was a time when all this -– success -– they take for granted, had to be fought for.”
- Adora Svitak, age 15


via Women and Girls Lead

When Constance Cooper’s 8-year-old daughter saw these survival books for boys and girls, she was aghast. When she compared the table of contents, she became irate. The “boys only” book featured “How to Survive a Shark Attack,” and “How to Survive in Space”; the “girls only book” gave advice on “How to Survive a BFF fight” and “How to Look Your Best for a Party.” After overhearing her daughter, an employee who agreed the books were offensive removed all copies from the shelf. 

Read more. H/t Women and Girls Lead.