In the wake of George Floyd’s death, protests erupted over the world and opened up a slew of conversations about social justice. One such conversation that has reignited in the acting industry has been about the importance of actors representing the characters they’re portraying on screen. 

Recently, specifically in the voice acting industry, many white voice actors portraying minority characters on animated TV Series have stepped down from their roles. In a statement a weeks ago, The Simpsons has announced they will “no longer have white ac...

June 29, 2020

On Thursday, June 25th, Disney announced that the ever-popular ride Splash Mountain would be re-imagined due to its ties to the banned, infamous 1946 Disney movie Song of the South. The log flume ride will not be shut down completely, but instead redesigned to align with the 2009 movie The Princess and the Frog, which stepped away from the traditional White princess, featuring instead the first black princess, Tiana.

According to Vox.com, the project to “completely reimagine” Splash Mountain began last year, relaunching the whole theme of th...

June 19, 2020

Photo's from Linda McQueen Bazaar magazine 

No one can deny that we are living through turbulent times, so it is amazing and confounding to read about a couple who decided held their wedding in the midst of the current protests against the nation’s police brutality. They inspire me.

Dr. Kerry Anne and Michael Gordon had to postpone their May 26, 2020 New Jersey wedding due to COVID-19.  When they learned that The Logan Hotel in Philadelphia would loan their lawn to couples whose weddings had been postponed as well as frontline workers looking...

June 18, 2020

I learned about Juneteenth from Ralph Ellison, the author of what I consider to be the greatest literary novel of the 20th century, Invisible Man. Juneteenth was the title of his posthumous second novel published in 1999.  To say I was floored that this holiday was completely unknown to me but considered the Black “Fourth of July” seemed like I had been living in a bubble.  I grew up in New York City, went to public school, and lived in a household that read three daily newspapers, but I had never even heard anyone speak about it.

Junet...

June 17, 2020

As we enter the third month of the Coronavirus Pandemic, it has become more difficult to find ways to pass our time. While many of us have work, that still does not take away from the fact that it seems as though it is Groundhog Day, each day doing the same thing as the day before. And I have found this problem a nuance too: staring at my computer screen for hours each day brings about lack of motivation and a painful, consistent migraine. In these times of boredom and repetitiveness, I have found solace in the one thing I told myself I was...

June 11, 2020

Over the past two weeks, and now currently entering the third week, people all over the United States and other countries have been protesting the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others people of color due to police brutality. These Black Lives Matter movements have not only taken the form of protests but also through petitions, emails to government officials, donations, and also social media. The latter of the four has been a major foundation in the building of political opinions for the younger generations. 

The majori...

After the death of George Floyd by the hands of police brutality and the video of his death circulating around media, a series of protests erupted throughout the United States and, eventually, cities in countries half way around the world. It seems apparent that the frustration boiling under the surface of America’s faux face of freedom and equality while ignoring its hypocritical and oppressive history has finally taken to the streets at a full boil. Still, that frustration and anger must, of course, be directed somewhere so things may cha...

June 6, 2020

As more and more companies and publishing-related businesses began to make statements in support of the national Black Lives Matters protests spreading throughout the country, Romance Writers of America (RWA) released an announcement to its membership late Friday in support of the protests. The statement said, in part,  “That our authors from marginalized communities, especially our Black authors, have been treated as somehow less deserving of a seat at the table of publishing. We must admit and learn from this shameful past, while standing...

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