Posts Tagged: representation

“Diversity Does Bring About Positive Change”

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After public pressure came to a head, Saturday Night Live finally added a black woman to its cast: Sasheer Zamata, a comedian, actress, and veteran of improv group the Upright Citizens’ Brigade.

Our essays editor Roxane Gay wrote an essay for Time about Zamata’s debut episode and what it means for diversity, representation, and the cultural perception of women of color:

I held my breath and hoped she was good enough while knowing, deep down, that for a woman in her position, there is no such thing as good enough.

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Children’s Books Still Dominated by White Boys

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We’ve blogged before about the issue of representation in children’s and young-adult literature.

This post by Soraya Chemaly looks at the numbers and finds that kid-lit books feature twice as many male protagonists as female ones (three times as many when the characters are animals), and about a bajillion more white protagonists than protagonists of any other race—and that’s just for 2012.

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Queer Characters of Color in YA Novels

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As a queer woman of color who writes young-adult fiction, Malinda Lo “was a little bit taken aback by the sheer paucity of books I could find about queer characters of color.”

If you, too, have been seeking those sorts of books without much success, look no further: Lo has compiled a list, which, though (hopefully) not exhaustive, is a great resource for many young readers starving to see themselves represented in media of any kind.

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“The Faces of Black Men”

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“Somewhere between the inaccurate and distorted media images of the black male super predator and the black male superhero, live the majority of black men.”

The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education has created a Tumblr dedicated to moving past media myths and representing “the everyday lives of black men.” Anyone can submit images with brief descriptions of “the boys, men and male-identified folks in your life.” Check out the blog’s archive.

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