Blackface and anti-Blackness in Bollywood – an endemic problem

In the second of his articles discussing anti-Blackness in South Asian communities, Dhruva Balram investigates Blackface and anti-Blackness in Bollywood, how these narratives drive attitudes in wider culture, and the move for change. Part one can be read here Growing up in India, alongside rice and daal, Bollywood is a part of your every day diet.… Read More

The future of on-screen diversity – black-led projects can show the way

By Anthony Comber-Badu  ‘How many black faces do you see on the BBC?’ was my parents’ first question when I told them I had decided to pursue a career in broadcasting. Diversity in media and broadcasting, and particularly the issue of opportunity for people of colour, has been a recurring issue for decades. Tonight’s Oscar… Read More

“Sexy MF”

by Evan Romero-Castillo Sexy may sound like a silly word, but it’s one of the few that allow us – victims of lookism – to succinctly describe our favourite celebrities’ carnal attributes, their arousing magnetism, their sensual it factor, their blinding gorgeousness, their physical and often metaphysical je ne sais quoi without violating too many… Read More

Black Bonds, Annie and OITNB: How Film and TV Representation limits, liberates, and moulds PoC

by Otamere Guobadia   In the wake of the Sony Leaks and the Annie reboot starring Quvenzhané Wallis, the Black Bond debate and questions of representation have received renewed interest. A Sony executive expressed the desire that the phenomenal Idris Elba, the Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated black actor known for his nuanced and brilliant performances,… Read More

This Week In Whitesplaining: Kids TV

It is easy to wonder why those who are not white cannot connect as readily with white characters if it is your identity that has systematically monopolised standard templates for fiction and more: White, the go-to-guy. Perhaps this was Mathew Klickstein’s problem when his interview with Flavorwire took a turn for the absolute worst. Promoting Night of Nickelodeon Nostalgic Nonsense! for which he was event moderator, the resentment for a pitiful handful of TV characters who were not white, took grip and dominated a horrendous read. “That show is awkward,” he said of Sanjay and Craig, “because there’s actually no reason for that character to be Indian.” Read More

Daenerys Targaryen is back to “save the coloureds”

CONTENT NOTE: Some of the embedded links in this piece are NSFW.  by Shane Thomas  While not placing it in the pantheon of truly great television, I’ve been a fan of Game of Thrones since the show debuted in 2011. I normally like my drama pessimistic, with a hard edge, and even downright cruel on occasion.… Read More

Oh Come All Ye White Saviors

by Phenderson Djeli Clark Earlier this year, Salon magazine’s David Sirota penned an article titled, “Oscar Loves a White Savior.” In it, Sirota noted that ‘If a movie features white people rescuing people of color from their plight, odds are high an Oscar will follow’ –singling out then Oscar contender Lincoln and showing ten others… Read More

Why Make a Caricature of what are Complex Feelings for Some Black Women?

by Leona Nichole Black A video has been circulating my Facebook news feed this week. It stages a scene in which a Black man brings his white girlfriend into a barber shop. A hairdresser who is a hired actress says a number of inappropriate things about the couple and the presence of this woman. The… Read More

“but everybody on TV is white and all the nice people are blonde.”

by Hana Riaz Earlier this summer, my beautiful then five-year-old Nepali nieces sat with me in our garden enjoying the warm and easy sun. What started as a conversation about what happens to melanin when it finds home in all that glorious vitamin d, looking at our skin browner than it’s winter shade, turned into… Read More

Doctor Who: The Day of the (White) Doctor

by Shuheda Ahmed Doctor Who celebrated its 50th Anniversary on the BBC this weekend in the UK and 93 other countries, setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama reaching an audience of 10.2 million in the UK alone not including cinema screenings. The Doctor: a 1200 year… Read More