“Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.”
Actors of Colour
by Shane Thomas
CONTENT NOTE: Some of the video links in this piece are NSFW due to strong language.
While it’s less of a rarity to see non-white actors on our television screens these days, there’s no doubt that it remains difficult for actors of colour to find work in Britain. And while I’m generally not an optimistic sort, the following is a list of actors that could hopefully affect progressive change in this respect.
Rather than focus on more mainstream names such as Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, or Chiwetel Ejiofor, or on older names who are less known, like Nadine Marshall, Benedict Wong, or Dona Croll, this is a list of younger actors of colour who are worth keeping an eye on:
asian westeros au: china as the north
the wolf on a field of ice and stone. ice, hardened by turmoil. stone, dark with age. they say when you go north, you never truly leave it. the cold, when it comes, stitches spikes upon the skin. this is the land of winter, of a war-hardened people whose blood spill not in rivers but cascade in hail. they say when a northerner dies, the land gets ever harder until no southerner can till the plains and tame the mountains. the age of heroes had been a patchwork of dynasty upon dynasty, each emperor crowned by snowfall, beget with hearts of ice. the qin dynasty unified the greater families and when barbarians threatened their delicate peace, they had built a wall; han breathed upon a swell of new territory and marked the silk road to trade with the south; tang brought the golden age, commerce and renown. they had been the most loved until the death of the recent lord and the coming of the mongols. those born with ice in their hearts refuse to thaw, until their feet too have rooted upon the infertile earth. to pray to the gods is to pray to the past, and every father and mother that leaves the earth only thickens the stone until houses become temples, and palaces are carved with the heavens. they say the north is for the north, and the cold takes care of its own.
Friendly reminder that fantasy universes don’t have to be based on Eurocentric cultures.
There are only a few women in the world who could pull off something so impossible.
Since you’re on the bus, I thought it had to be her.
"First and foremost, Emily is just like the other PLLs. When you look at this poster (PLL promo), when you see a picture of all four of the girls together, not one stands out to be like oh that’s the one, that’s the gay character. That’s the lesbian one. There was nothing like that. I absolutely loved that about the show.” - Shay Mitchell.
“My name is Paikea Apirana, and I come from a long line of chiefs stretching all the way back to the whale rider. I’m not a prophet, but I know that our people will keep going forward, all together, with all of our strength.” - Paikea
SHEROES | Paikea “Pai” Apirana - Whale Rider (2002)
Reasons why she is a shero:
She fights to learn the “qualities of a chief”, even if that means upsetting the grandfather she adores.
Risks her life in order to save a beached whale.
Despite her tribe’s strict traditions, she believes in herself, her destiny, and the future of her people.
- And damn if she’s not faster than a school bus
[picture source: Cine Virgilio]
Except it’s not. It’s not fine.