There was a time, long ago, when Star Wars and diversity weren’t exactly the talk of the town. The Rebellion was led and chock-full of white guys, Leia was the only woman in sight until Return of the Jedi introduced Mon Mothma to the world. Lando seemed to be the only black guy in the universe. And then the prequels arrived and we had diverse characters like Mace Windu and Bail Organa but they still were not the main event of the story. They were only pieces of the puzzle that made up a trilogy about three white heroes, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Padme Amidala.
Then Disney bought Star Wars and suddenly diversity was thrust into our faces in a blunt way. Remember the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens and how it literally began; Finn, a black stormtrooper, pops onto the screen breathing heavily on a planet that, at the time, looked like Tatooine. Suddenly, it was very clear this was a new era of Star Wars. An era where its major black hero in the story wielded Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber on the official poster.
And since then, the diversity has not come to a close.
One of the few great things about the Sequel Trilogy has been the diversity. I mean, when have you ever seen three major characters of color in one scene together in Star Wars like this particular scene in The Last Jedi? Heh, never! It’s been a fantastic change for the franchise and now that the floodgates are open it’s pretty much never going to end.
So, for this week’s Who’s Your Favorite? I’m asking you which is your favorite diverse character in the franchise? (This list will not include the cartoon characters.) Continue reading Who’s Your Favorite Diverse ‘Star Wars’ Character?
Ricky Gervais began the night off with a searing, wince-worthy opening monologue that contradicted the Hollywood elite and started the evening off with a bang. It would turn out to be the best portion of the award show–the three-hour-long award show that dragged on into the late night in a boring sludge of overly long speeches and expected wins.
Five years ago, The Academy’s choice of nominees for the Oscars birthed what would become the now-iconic hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite. It jarred The Academy into trying to make a difference after the fierce outrage and after the last few years, it seemed that maybe things were actually beginning to change.
Last year was one of the most diverse yet at the Oscars, Golden Globes, and the Screen Actor Guild Awards with films like Black Panther, Blackkklansman, and Green Book garnering immense praise and nagging awards. At the Oscars, history was made for Best Production Design and Best Costume Design as African-American women took home the prize for these categories for the first time ever.
It was a truly beautiful thing seeing so many people of color winning awards; Regina King, Mahershala Ali, Rami Malek, Alfonso Cuarón, Spike Lee, and the list keeps going. But this year’s award season seems to have devolved right back into the old ways of Hollywood in a clear lack of diversity that is anything but disconcerting. Continue reading The Golden Globes Reiterated Why People Have Stopped Watching the Award Shows
Star Wars; for nearly four decades the franchise has focused on white male characters and white male producers, directors, and writers calling the shots. And then Disney arrived to change that narrative slowly but surely.
Each film has offered more diversity than ever before.
The upcoming rumored Knights of the Old Republic trilogy set to arrive in 2022 is supposedly being helmed by a female writer.
And The Mandalorian will highlight the talents of a diverse cast of directors. Continue reading The ‘Star Wars’ Franchise Gets Its First Female Director for the Obi-Wan Kenobi Series