“I do think quite carefully about the projects that I choose and what the message is. Because, ultimately, rather than having fun pretending, it’s like: Well, what are you putting into the universe, and what are you contributing? And how is that going to evolve the culture potentially? I know that might sound highfalutin and pretentious, but I do think that is a potentially wonderful aspect of what we do.”
casting announcements are often bittersweet for me because on the one hand it’s nice to see poc, especially black people, get cast in shit but on the other hand like yikes on bikes congratulations on continuing the trend that darkskinned people, especially darkskinned women, don’t exist
So I’m on Patreon, trying to muster enough in patronage to quit my day job and write a whole lot more. Boost my signal, pls? $5-and-up patrons get to see unpublished short stories, and stuff like advance chapters of as-yet-unpublished novels, including The Obelisk Gate. Oh, and cat pics. Like this nerd.
Marvel Studios confirms Tessa Thompson (Creed, 2016) will portray Valkyrie in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok (2017). When Tessa was announced to join the cast, fans speculated about which character she’d play. Though Valkyrie, a warrior woman and sorceress, seemed the obvious choice, many took to debating whether she was right for the role of the 6-foot tall Norse blond.
There were other options, or an entirely new character. Well, now Marvel has confirmed Tessa will indeed take on the role. This decision will no doubt leave hearts a-flutter (or broken). Nonethless, we here at DIFT will say, Tessa, you go, girl!
Tessa Thompson (“Creed,” “Selma”) who will bring the classic hero Valkyrie to life on the big screen, and Karl Urban (“Star Trek” trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”) who will add his might to the fray as Skurge.
I’ve tried to put this off and hoped things would look up by the end of this month, but so far all I’ve gotten is kicked in the teeth. I was hoping the rest of my income tax would come in so that I could stay afloat at least until July when I start work for the summer session. Of course this was not to be. Instead of a refund, I was hit with a bill (which I am contesting since i made less than $12,000 last year). However, this also means I won’t have my rent for next month.
So I’m trying to raise $600 in the next few days. This will get me what I need for rent and my utilities and Internet connection that I use for everything including work. As a matter of disclosure, I should tell you that I will be at WisCon next weekend. I can afford to go because I live in town so I don’t have to pay for a hotel or travel. They also have food at the con, so I can find things to eat there, which means I can put off grocery shopping until after Memorial Day. However, I’m afraid at the thought of being late on the rent and other bills that are due in a couple of weeks.
So if you can help out, I’d appreciate it. Just 60 people giving $10 (or 120 giving $5) would be all I needed. If you don’t have anything to give, I’d still really appreciate a reblog or directing attention to someone who can. Again, apologies for asking again. If there is anything you want in return, please tell me. Quite frankly, I could use the activity because I’m having trouble focusing on writing and other projects. Seriously, if you want to sit and chat about Prince for a couple of hours in return, I’m down.
Two-time Oscar®-winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine,” “Carol, “Cinderella”) joins Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” as the mysterious and powerful new villain Hela, along with Jeff Goldblum (the upcoming “Independence Day: Resurgence,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Jurassic Park”) who joins the cast as the eccentric Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson (“Creed,” “Selma”) who will bring the classic hero Valkyrie to life on the big screen, and Karl Urban (“Star Trek” trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”) who will add his might to the fray as Skurge.
Rounding out the cast for the film is three-time Oscar®-nominee Mark Ruffalo (“Spotlight,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “Foxcatcher”), reprising his role of Bruce Banner/the Hulk from “Marvel’s The Avengers” and Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
“The continuation of the epic Thor franchise will be powerful and unique, and with the additions of Cate, Jeff, Tessa, Karl, and Mark to the cast we have the makings of his most dangerous and heroic adventure yet,” said Producer Kevin Feige. “The sheer, raw talent each of these actors brings to the screen can’t be quantified. Having any one of them join the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be an honor, and having all of them is incredible.“
Thor’s new cast members join returning stars Chris Hemsworth (“Rush,” “In the Heart of the Sea,” “Ghostbusters”) in the title role for the fifth time; Tom Hiddleston (“Crimson Peak,” “The Night Manager,” “Kong: Skull Island”) as Thor’s adversarial, adopted brother, Loki; Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Idris Elba (“The Dark Tower,” “Luther,” “Beasts of No Nation”) as the Asgardian sentry, Heimdall; and Academy Award®-winner Sir Anthony Hopkins (“Silence of the Lambs,” “Nixon,” “Hitchcock”) again portraying Odin, Ruler of Asgard.
“Thor: Ragnarok,” the third installment of Marvel’s popular Norse Super Hero, is directed by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Taika Waititi (“Two Cars, One Night,” “What We Do in the Shadows,” “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”). Kevin Feige will produce the film, joined by executive producers Louis D’Esposito, Brad Winderbaum, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel and Stan Lee.
Rat Queens was created by Kurtis Wiebe and Roc Upchurch. The comic was meet with praise and admiration as it released. However, it came to everyone’s attention that Roc had abused his wife. This is not alleged in this case it is fact, it is admitted by Upchurch himself. Kurtis assured everyone that he would indeed be placing Roc and he did. We were told he was no longer attached in any way. Eventually Tess Fowler was brought with the idea that she would be the artist for the rest of the books life. It was looking great and the run was going great. Then suddenly Tess finds out that Roc Upchurch was never detached, he was always a part of the book despite having asked to know if he was involved in any way. Indeed he had intended to replace her with Upchurch again after their hiatus was up. So Tess quit and told everyone what was up. Fans are leaving the book and spades not wanting to support abuse. So here is a list of books you can buy if you don’t want to support abuse. Also here is further reading if you want to know more about Roc http://www.themarysue.com/not-a-victim-but-a-victor/.
http://tessfowler.com/credits : You can start right here, buy any of the comics that Tess has worked on. Her art is fantastic and having some of her covers or issues is a great way to if not get some money in her pocket at least let publishers know to hire her for a future project.
Raven the Pirate Princess: If a dose of girl power and a fantasy setting is what got you excited for Rat Queens then your going to love the hell out of Raven the Pirate Princess. Set in the Princeless universe there is fantasy stuff going on although it focuses on the pirate end of this universe as Raven, our lesbian lead, seeks revenge on her brothers who had her locked away. This story isn’t raunchy but it’s got a huge cast of awesome kids, fighting and societal commentary.
Kim and Kim: Tess will be doing covers for Kim and Kim the upcoming Black Masks book. Kim and Kim also, from everything I have read of the book, is a great fit for fans of Rat Queens. Kim and Kim and interdimensional bounty hunters who are queer. It’s got the girlier bits of Rat Queens, it’s got action, it’s got a lot of the things that really made Rat Queens shine.
Jade Street Protection Services: This upcoming book is coming very soon and is focused on a girl gang. A magical girl gang, and when i say magical girl I mean like Sailor Moon. The book is all ages so don’t expect your Rat Queens sex scenes but you can expect action, a team of females who are outside the system and more greatness.
Jem and the Holograms: This is another great book if you like the awesome female friendship end of Rat Queens and don’t need the blood splattering bits. Jem is about a band of girls trying to make it with a bit of sifi elements mixed in.
Lumberjanes: Lumberjanes is kinda a PG Rat Queens set in modern times. Lumberjanes states a group of more or less girl scouts in a magical set of woods where monsters and stuff are. They fight monsters, solve mysteries and all that stuff. It takes Friendship to the max and its just a totally great thing.
Angela (series): Warning this book is from Marvel has knowingly hired plenty of assholes in recent times. However, if you want to detach the company from the comics then Angela the series is one that does a lot to appeal to RQ fans. It stars a lesbian couple as they do some adventures in often unexplored parts of the Marvel universe. The 1602 series is set in fantasy and they hunt monsters so you can get a sort of familiar setting there. Then the arc after is Angela Queen of Hel where Angela busts into Hel to save Sera. Lots of awesome monsters in that run, cool action and it’s on the more intense end of Marvel books.
Insexts: Want murder, want sex, want lesbians, want fun? Then get Insexts I don’t want to spoil too much since the book is still pretty recent but it’s got bug ladies and all sorts of great stuff all around.
The Wicked + The Divine: Like the blood and insane things happening from Rat Queens. Well with the first snap of the fingers The Wicked + The Divine will have you hooked. Gods walk among us again inside the bodies of people, they have 2 years to live but shit begins to go wrong when Lucifer is framed from a crime.
The project was inspired by the relationship between famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and long-time Larry King Live executive producer Wendy Walker: described as a provocative look at the interplay of criminal law and the media, its story follows the professional and personal relationship between a charismatic attorney (Jake Gregorian, played by Sunjata) and a powerhouse television producer as they attempt to control the media, the justice system, and ultimately — each other.
Richards will play
the lead’s brother, who once had the potential to be the shining star of the law office but is now overshadowed by Jake. Kate Jennings Grant has also being cast as Louise, the host of a news program at the center of the series, while Aimee Teegarden will be Ella Benjamin, a book smart and seemingly confident woman who became a lawyer to prove her father’s innocence.
In Ep. 22 of Black Girl Squee, hosts Inda Lauryn (@indascorner) and Didi Jenning (@dustdaughter) celebrate Black women in charge of casting and programming at ABC, Black women on the Great White Way and stunting at the Met Gala. They also recap episodes 3 and 4 of WGN’s Underground. We name and shame in Catch the Fade before launching into a crowded DWIDP!
Our Squee Queens this episode are:
Afeni Shakur – activist, Black Panther, and mother. #RestInPower
Florence Kasumba – actress who plays one of T’Challa’s ‘Dora Milaje’ bodyguards in Captain America: Civil War.
We mentioned a lot of people in DWIDP including:
Don Cheadle – actor, director, activist
Chadwick Boseman – actor and my husband. Everyone’s saying he did the damn thing as T’Challa/Black Panther in CA:CW. AND I AGREE.
Actor and musician, John Cho who was the focus of Twitter Campaign, #StarringJohnCho. Cast John Cho in all the things, please. NOW.
(Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP Images)
And last but not least, rapper, actor, and Tony nominee, Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs!
And that’s it for Ep. 22’s Visual Guide to DWIDP. I think you’ll agree there’s a lot of fine to be found here. *fans self*
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I would be remiss if I didn’t mention our Squee Queens in an episode titled, “Black Girls Deserve Better”. Here are this week’s awardees:
First up is the supremely talented and lovely, Adina Porter, who plays Pearly Mae on Underground. Ms. Porter once performed her stage adaptation of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye in front of the author and her son!
Next is Porter’s castmate, Amirah Vann, who plays the formidable Ms. Ernestine on Underground. What Ms. Vann loves most about the series is its characterization.
“It’s so well-written, and my character in particular, the female characters actually in general, are just so well [written] — you get the full human being. They really kind of excavate all the different parts of our personality and of humanity too, being able to investigate my sexuality, my strength, my vulnerability.”
Finally, there is my wife in my head, Ms. Nicole Beharie. Ms. Beharie is a graduate of Julliard and studied in England on a Shakespeare scholarship. Maybe that’s where she developed her awesome chemistry with British dudes! Beharie was last seen as Agent Abbie Mills on the abominably written Sleepy Hollow, but now she is free to work on high-quality projects. Hear that Shonda, Ava, Oprah?
And now for the moment you’ve been waiting for, the unveiling of episode 20’s #DWIDP. This week it’s none other than Underground‘s leading man, Aldis Hodge!
Before playing Noah on Underground, you may have seen Mr. Hodge as MC Ren in the NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton. Before that, he played Alec Hardison, the snarky hacker on TNT’s Leverage and guest starred on episodes of Friday Night Lights, Supernatural, The Walking Dead.
Besides Hodge’s swoonworthy looks, his artistic leanings make Inda and I squee. Hodge studies at The Art Center College of Design in California. He plays the violin and designs watches in his spare time. He also paints! *cue Didi fainting*
Finally, here’s the booty that made two new fans out of us!
I’m pretty sure by now most of y’all have either seen or heard about the pure fuckery that was the season three finale (although to me it’s a series finale) of Sleepy Hollow. If you haven’t, allow me to update you: Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), the lead heroine of the supernatural drama, is unceremoniously killed. She sacrifices herself–for what? the third or fourth time on this godawful show?–because Pandora’s box suddenly needed a witness’ soul to operate and ultimately de-power The Hidden One.
That’s my reaction to this entire bullshit “plot.”
I’m not going to go into detail about all the many ways this decision was fucked. Mainly because the points have already been addressed in some way or anotheron both twitterandtumblr. My fandom tumblr is currently an assortment of in memoriam posts for the character, praises and well wishes for the actress, and scathing (and…
In episode 19 of Black Girl Squee, Inda and Didi talk about a lot of black women earning starring roles in films and TV in Squeeworthy News. Their main topic is the HTGAWM season finale. And they have a special #DWIDP focused on BBC’s The Night Manager. It’s a big show so there’s a lot more that I’m too tired to type out.
In episode 19 of Black Girl Squee, Inda and I talk about several Black women earning starring roles in film and TV, then we discuss the HTGAWM season two finale at length. And speaking of length, how about our special edition of Dis Week in Dat Print (#DWIDP) dedicated to BBC’s The Night Manager?
It’s only right that we feature repeat contestant and actual inspiration for DWIDP, Tom Hiddleston. Here’s a few reasons why he is our Print Muse.
In The Night Manager, we get to examine Hiddleston’s sexiness as Jonathan Pine from all angles. And I do mean all angles. Director Suzanne Bier made sure of that, bless her.
We get Casual Pine Sexiness:
We get Suited & Booted Pine Sexiness:
We get Wet!Pine Sexiness:
We get all kinds of Pine in Bed Sexiness:
Then Bier melts all our brains with Pine Wall!Sex Sexiness.
Seriously, why is he being so extra with the hip movements here? Why so much rotation and booty work? He does know this is TV right? It’s not real? HELP ME, I NEED ANSWERS.
Alright, that’s the end of this #DWIDP Visual Guide. I can’t take anymore. I need a drink and a cigarette.
DISCLAIMER: None of the pics/gifs are mine. I got them either through Tumblr or Google Images.
The South Carolinian actor initially wanted to write and direct (his BFA is in Directing) but caught the acting bug. He’s starred as historical figures Jackie Robinson and James Brown and will now have his own Marvel franchise as T’Challa/Black Panther.
The next dude (who was totally INDA’s IDEA, BTW) is in this segment not because we want him but because we want to be him. Not forever, just for the moments when he was filming that sex scene with Aja Naomi King in last week’s HTGAWM. Matt McGorry is smacking phatties and living the dream while we seethe with envy (and a little disgust).
And that’s it for BGS 18’s Visual Guide to Dis Week in Dat Print. Let us know what you think by tweeting @blackgirlsquee, hitting us up on Tumblr at blackgirlsquee.tumblr.com or emailing blackgirlsquee at gmail dot com. But if you’re mad about the second contestant in this episode’s DWIDP, just tweet @indascorner cause…
Of course, the friend I’m talking about is Inda Lauryn. She’s really awesome and needs to be reminded of it more often.
She also needs your support to continue these creative endeavors. If you can, please donate to Inda’s Patreon or her PayPal at conceding2kismet AT Gmail DOT Com. Buy her noir story, Compromised on Amazon. If you can’t donate, please spread the word, boost this signal. Show Inda you appreciate all of her wonderful contributions.