SNL producer Lorne Michaels commented in an early November AP interview that hiring a black female performer “will happen. I’m sure it will happen.” The comment seemed designed to blow off the issue—until it was revealed that Michaels had been quietly holding a series of auditions in December to hire a black female cast member for the show’s mid-season premiere.
The speed and ease with which SNL added Sashseer Zamata to the cast confirms many of us have always suspected—that talented, black, female SNL-ready comedians are out there. It is simply a matter of the show deciding to hire them.
By Deborah Frempong
New York based photographer, Nakeya B’s work is noted for its relatability and ability to flip the gaze on to the viewer, forcing them to see themselves in her photographed subjects. This characteristic is replicated in her photo series on ‘Good Hair’, an exploration of the obsession and consumption of “natural feeling, lighter, softer” Kanekalon hair, within the black community.
idk maybe because of shit like this
noticing a trend….
instead of asking “why black women feel the need to wear weaves” let’s ask “why black women have been made to feel that they need a weave in the first place”….
for centuries the standard of beauty has not been that of the black woman…(we all know who i’m talking about) instead we have been pushed to ‘conform’ to those standards without any second thoughts…i mean “white is right”…right….
black women are the only group of people who have been unmercifully criticized for the hair that grows naturally from their scalp…we have been told that our natural locs are “uncivilized’ “ugly’ undesirable’…that in order to be anywhere near beautiful we’ll have to rock straight european hair or permanently straighten our own..it’s all psychological from years and years of conforming..sadly the ideas and stigmas still have an effect on black women of today…
it’s sad that the number of us who have gone natural are looked up to as ‘being brave’ or ‘being a leader….the fact that black women even had to “go natural” shows how much we’ve fucked up and how society has brainwashed us into believing we are less than on the beauty scale because of something God blessed us with…
what’s even more saddening, is not only do black women have to deal with the ignorance of other races not understanding our hair, but we also have to deal with the comments of black men who have fallen into the “bash black hair’ trap….the cycle never ends…
Even though the stigma behind wearing a weave is thought to be fueled by self hatred, on the complete opposite side of the spectrum some women wear weaves to better their natural hair…the elements can be SO harsh on black hair and sometimes it just needs a break. wearing a weave helps maintain hair growth while protecting it from the weather for months at a time.
Also some black women just love to change up their looks every once in awhile and they do so by wearing a weave because it’s much easier than dying, growing, or cutting their natural hair…so let them have fun expressing themselves…
in my experience, i’ve had multiple white women strictly assume that black women wear weaves to “get like them”
i mean because
yes. yes. YESSSSSS!!!
I love Tumblr. I love Tumblr. Omg.
- Firetruck/Seductress/Burn a hole through ya soul Red
- Yellow…that sunshine bright yellow that lights up a room
- Deepppp emerald green. Like Oz got jealous
- Orange…because why not
- Every other color
- Wear whatever you want and don’t let no body tell you otherwise
I didn’t know they were still filming there, but it doesn’t negate the fact that there’s no good reason for the casting practices they’ve been employing. I knew that the Green-to-Black comparison wasn’t exact, but the point I wanted to make with that statement is that both groups are pretty exacting about the ‘diversity’ of their cast. They make sure that the people they cast are never “too ethnic”. I haven’t seen a dark skinned black or brown person since Ethan James in Dino Thunder.
Eh, Jack and Will were pretty brown skinned so I don’t think that would be correct to say. Scott is biracial but is pretty brown himself as well.
As for Mike and Jake, I think what can be said is hiring someone who is “ambiguously ethnic”, basically someone who isn’t white but someone you could pass for white or look part white. (Think Rashida Jones)
Also, we’ve had a blond girl as yellow since Overdrive, I think that can stand some change too.
I ‘unno about that. I did mention Jack in the tags, tho. Completely forgot about Will (who doesn’t?). I agree with you there, but still…
It just seems to me they’ve gone out of their way to be very decisive about who gets in.
As opposed to…
Jack and Will both have brighter undertones than these three guys.
I’m kinda disappointed that the conversation has deviated so far away from the consideration of black women in Power Rangers. There’s a lot to say about Power Rangers and its portrayal of PoC, but for once I want to center things specifically on black girls. They are so underrepresented and under-appreciated: not just in fandom but in society in general.
I dunno, Scott seem pretty dark to me, besides he was Disney who proved was perfectly capable of casting actually black men, including a Red Ranger with dreads. Personally I think the problem here is Saban
And I decided that Kyoryu Pink’s counterpart HAS TO be black, because there has never been a Black Pink Ranger, and Yellow Buster too, because seriously Saban! 13 YEARS!!
I won’t discuss the hue differences between the black male Rangers (though Brandon Jay and Eka both have more ‘yellow’ undertones than any of the three dark-skinned males I posted above), because the issue at hand is black women in Power Rangers. When it comes down to it, a black guy of any shade has a better chance of being cast than a black woman does.
When Kyoryuger is adapted, I pray that there is a black girl. I really, really hope that she’ll be Pink, because we’ve never had one canonically before (although I’ve got several OCs who are black Pinks). That’s important because the color designations in Power Rangers (and Super Sentai) have always carried a kind of psychological importance.
Every black girl Ranger has been somewhere between a tomboy and “the mousy one”. That’s because they’ve all been Yellow, a color designation that, while mostly associated with females in the Rangerverse (not so much in Sentai), is designated for the less “girly” girls. The only exception I can think of at present is Ashley from Turbo/in Space, where it feels like they purposefully subverted the Pink/Yellow dynamic. I don’t know much about these more recent seasons because, honestly, after RPM, I kinda fell out with fandom and haven’t been keeping up with the seasons. So I may be missing someone. Lily from Jungle Fury and Kira from Dino Thunder don’t count so much because they’re the only girls on their respective teams.
Pink is the color of the “girly girl”; it’s the typically feminine character. The Heart. The Healer. It has been subverted quite a few times in the past, though: Kendrix, Karone, Cassie, Jen, etc. But, still, Pink is usually what people think of as the distaff counterpart to Red in Rangerdom… unless we’re talking a team with a White Ranger.
What’s that saying about black girls? That they CAN’T be the girly girl?
Because Sundai is the only black actress involved with Rangerdom whose actually ever spoken out about the casting practices of the industry, I’m going to do a mini pic spam of her, just to show that not only can dark skinned black girls be girly, they can be every bit as multifaceted as any other character.
on an unrelated note, she reminds me of an IRL acquaintance named LaFaye.
friendly reminder that it’s been TWELVE YEARS (12) since there has been a black female Ranger.
friendly reminder that there have only been THREE (3) black female Rangers: Aisha Campbell, Tanya Sloan, and Katie Walker.
friendly reminder that every black female Ranger has been assigned Yellow. Never Pink. Never Blue. Never White. Always Yellow.
friendly reminder that fandom should be concerned and talking about this.