‘Dear White People’ Comes to Netflix

On May 5, all Dear White People enthusiasts received some very exciting news about the changes coming to the franchise. The movie is being turned into a show for Netflix.

Netflix has ordered a TV adaptation of the Justin Simien 2014 comedy for a 2017 release date. Similar to the film, the Netflix series will chart the lives of a group of students of color who deal with adult problems associated with race, privilege, and power at a fictional Ivy League university.

Why I Wish “The Mindy Project” Was Cancelled

In 2012, when I found out that the Mindy Kaling landed a show, I was ecstatic. At the time, I was still in the Scandal and Nicole Beharie in Sleepy Hollow bliss. When I first started watching Kaling’s show, The Mindy Project, I was willing to ignore some of the jokes that didn’t land or the undeveloped characters because it’s still a struggle for people of color to be represented on television. Now almost four years later, my enthusiasm and dedication for The Mindy Project has disintegrated. I am left wishing that the show was canceled because it doesn’t even try to confront race.

‘Sleepy Hollow’ died along with Abbie Mills

Black lead character Abbie Mills (played by Nicole Beharie) died during Sleepy Hollow’s season three finale last week. As audience members, we learned that just because a show has people of color does not mean that it is people of color friendly.  

Her death was the final blow in the show’s treatment of her character. After her death, we are left to decide what to do with shows that have no respect for their characters of color.

How To Get Away with Murder and Its Complicated Representation of Blackness

Even though How to Get Away with Murder (HTGAWM) is a brilliant show in terms of its character development, casting, and plot structure, it still has fewer viewers than Scandal, a show that’s been on its last leg for the past couple of seasons. HTGAWM, unlike Scandal, is unflinching in its complex representation of Blackness.

Misty Copeland’s Documentary Set to Air on Feburary 8th

On February 8th, BBC will air a documentary about the life of Misty Copeland, the first Black principal ballerina in the American Ballet Theater.  

While growing up, most children are told that they can be anything that they want. As a child, I went from wanting to be president to a lawyer in the span of an hour. However, as I got older, I realized that as a Black girl, society believes that you don’t belong in certain roles. As a young woman of color this can be disheartening and isolating. When there are no role models, who are you able to look up to?   

Elle’s Covers Are Great But Women of Color Need More from Media

Taraji P Henson and Viola Davis were featured on the covers of Elle’s Women of TV January issue.  Having Davis, Henson, along with Priyanka Chopra, another woman of color, is a step forward in representing diversity in magazines and television shows. However, this fight for equality in representation is nowhere near being finished.

73 New TV Pilots with Black Leads or Supporting Roles Ordered for next Season

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Television may be getting even more diverse as dozens of new pilots with black leads and supporting actors make their way to major networks for consideration.

From Shadow and Act:

As what, thus far, looks like a diversity push adopted by major TV networks, with the current season near its end, and executives look to build their summer and fall (and winter 2016) season lineups, here’s a look at TV pilots, and new series (regular and mini/event) that have been ordered for the 2015/2016 TV season, that star black actors, or feature black actors in lead and/or supporting roles. I’m sure there will be more announcements to come, so this list will be updated as I receive new data.

Of note, as of today, March 10, there are at least 73 pilots/series with black actors in starring/lead/supporting roles that have been ordered across broadcast and cable TV networks. ABC leads with 14 projects that feature black actors in starring, lead and/or supporting roles; and NBC is close behind, with 13. 

Also, at least half of the 73 (so far) are lead roles.

In the coming months, we’ll find out how many of these pilots will make it to series, as each network shores-up its lineup for the coming year in television. 

Read more at Shadow and Act

We need black gay male couples on television

The following post was written by Xavier D’Leau, and originally appeared on The Root under the title of “Can We Please Get Some Black Gay male couples on TV?”

By: Xavier D’Leau

My television raised me. I’m not criticizing my mom here. A single mother, she worked tirelessly to give her only son whatever he wanted and needed, and that meant she was busy. Often, the TV stood in for both of my parents. I began to look to it for anything I needed to know about the world.