It’s a double-post for American Gods! Episode 2’s Coming to America story introduced Anansi in a manner that doesn’t just strike a chord for black America, it’s the start of a symphony. It was raw, powerful, and true. The rest of the episode moved rather slowly, while Episode 3 had a bit more plot advancement and brought us deeper into the backstage world of the Gods.
Usually TV reboot news makes me cringe. Why mess with certain classics? But in the wake of Norman Lear reinventing One Day at a Time for a Latin-American family, I’m trying to be a bit more open-minded.
NOW I’M ECSTATIC, because Queen Latifah says there’s talks for a reboot/revival of Living Single.
For those of you going “Huh?” right now, I feel sorry. Let me educate you – Living Single was a series by Yvette Lee Bowser, focused on six friends living in New York City, navigating their love lives and professional lives. It was one of the most popular African-American sitcoms of the era, and ran for five successful seasons on FOX, of all places! With an all-black cast!
Living Single had sisterhood and dating journeys before Sex and the City, and had apartment roommate shenanigans before Friends. Hell, it WAS the template for Friends, as Latifah elaborated last night with Andy Cohen when she made the announcement.
But more than anything, it had realness. And as one of the original cast members, I trust producer Queen Latifah to keep that realness for the new century. Now as I go ponder lyrics for the revival’s theme song, I’ll leave you to jam to the original. Better yet, seek out the series itself: TVOne, Logo, and Oxygen are the most likely to air reruns, though they’ve been sparse as of late. UPDATE: LivingSingle-TV has seasons two through five available to watch on dailymotion.
Last week, our Comics Contributor Kat covered the first two issues of Marvel’s ongoing Civil War II arc. Although that particular story won’t wrap up until October of this year, Marvel Entertainment is already teasing viewers about what comes next. Today’s big announcement: Riri Williams will succeed Tony Stark as Iron Man.
Before attending the Brooklyn Book Festival this summer, I had never attended a true book festival. The closest thing I could compare this to would be BEA/BookCon—the publishing industry event that I and several other Geekettes have been attending together for the past two years. Of course, there are differences between BookCon and BKBF. Most obviously (and sadly), while the books at BookCon are free, most of the books on display at BKBF must be purchased if you want to get them signed and take them home with you—although I did manage to score a free ARC of a book called Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler. Perhaps a more important difference, though, was in the content of the panels and choice of panelists.
Compared to other TV shows, Leverage is a really great gemstone obscured by all-too-mainstream diamonds. There are plenty of TV dramas focused around crime with a team dynamic, but most of those are procedural crime-solvers. And very rare is it that you get a show where every member of the team is treated equally.
But Leverage, and all five of its lovely seasons, has just that, along with a slew of crime-committing. So what’s the story? Former insurance investigator Nathan Ford is asked to lead a group of expert criminals so they can steal back important documents for a powerful client. A one-time only event becomes not only the start of a team, but a family.
Let’s go steal some reasons to watch Leverage.
Last summer, Ubisoft explained that they didn’t include any female avatars in Assassin’s Creed: Unity because “It was really a lot of extra production work.” More animations, more voices, more everything. Though Ubisoft backed down from the “challenge” of including women (at least temporarily – it looks like Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate will include a female assassin), EA has stepped up to the plate, or, rather, the pitch: FIFA 16 will include women’s national teams for the first time in the series’ history.
WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE ENTIRE SEASON OF JANE THE VIRGIN!
Well. Things certainly came to a dramatic close on the (phenomenal) first season of Jane the Virgin! Some of the twists were sort of expected, while others were not. I’m kicking myself for not realizing that Xo plus Rogelio plus Vegas OBVIOUSLY equals drunken-wedding, and I’m still reeling from the final moments when Mateo is kidnapped by Sin Rostro. But aside from the twists and turns, that was just a damn good episode of television. I cried, I shrieked, and twice I had to pause it because I was laughing so hard. All of the emotional moments landed perfectly, most arcs came full circle, and I could not be more excited for season two. Read on for more of my thoughts about how a show about a pregnant virgin became one of the best shows on television this season.
In January, an article was posted on the Magic: The Gathering website entitled, “The Truth of Names.” It was a story about a young leader named Alesha, and it was a great example, right off the bat, of Wizards of the Coast including cool, strong, interesting women in M:tG. But then, as I continued reading, I realized this wasn’t just a great story about a leading female character – it was a story about a transgender character:
After a series of straight hour-long hits (i.e. House of Cards, Orange is the New Black), Netflix has finally come out with an original half-hour comedy. Critical and viewer reception has been much like that FOX’s comedy The Mindy Project, where critics are mixed but the vast majority of feminist female twenty-somethings find something in the show that truly speaks to them and represents their voice. While, in my opinion, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt soars in terms of warm-hearted friendships and dry, scathing, parodical wit, it falls flat as far as diversity and inclusivity are concerned.
Pregnant virgins are much funnier when they’re quirky Latina girls in Miami rather than pious Jewish girls in Bethlehem. My personal favorite program from the batch of 2014 Fall shows is easily the CW’s Jane the Virgin. The show centers on a young Latina woman named Jane who has always played it safe as far as her relationships are concerned, but winds up being artificially inseminated (and impregnated) after going to the gynecologist for a routine pap smear. This premise makes it an unlikely candidate for being a quality show, but that it is, as well as one that is not receiving the ratings it should be. And as it’s the time of year we bid adieu to one year and welcome another, most people are taking the time to write lists. So I’ll format my argument in favor of Jane the Virgin in the same way!