Welcome to the second installment of #MediaQuickies. Let’s get right to it.
S/O to the award recipients at the Golden Globes who took the time to draw attention to some of the many social justice issues plaguing this country. From diversity issues to trans issues to freedom of speech, there were some remarkable speeches that made America go “hmmmm…”
Take for example Gina Rodriguez’s speech. Rodriguez won Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series for her role on CW’s “Jane The Virgin.” Rodriguez is the first actor from CW to be nominated for a Golden Globe and is now the first to win. The fact that a Latina made history for the CW network is not to be taken lightly. Check out this heartwarming acceptance speech Rodriguez gave, acknowledging the significance of her accomplishment and what it means for the Latino community.
*Note: Fast forward to about 20 sec. It takes her a while to walk to the stage. They still have us colored folk sitting in the back of rooms. *sips tea.
“This award is so much more than myself. It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes.” – Gina Rodriguez
Other awards that warranted the Golden Globes a spot on this week’s #MediaQuickies list include Best Original Song awarded to Common and John Legend’s song “Glory” from the movie “Selma.” Best Television Series was awarded to “Transparent,” an Amazon series about a dysfunctional family who finds out their dad is a transgendered person.
Even though the Golden Globes did a good job of showcasing a diverse set of talent in showbiz, the Oscars’ recent nomination list reminded us all who still runs Hollywood- white men. In a swift and ruthless fashion, true to the nature of disgruntled tweeters, #OscarsSoWhite began to trend hours after the release of the Oscar nominees. #OscarsSoWhite questioned why this year’s nominees lacked color and estrogen. Besides two nominees, no people of color were nominated for acting and directing roles, and outside of acting, no women were recognized.
Side Note: @CrushTheCFR: nooo, we should be honored cause our shit is dope. It’s just kinda of hard to navigate the industry’s hurdles that your white privilege prevents you from having to acknowledge.
Fresh Off The Boat
In 2014, ABC splashed some color on our TV screens, featuring a Black and Hispanic family in “Black-ish” and “Cristela.” I was thrilled to see some people of color during primetime, but where were my Asian brothers and sisters? So when I saw the promo video for ABC’s new sitcom, “Fresh Off The Boat,” my interest was peeked. “Fresh Off The Boat” is loosely based off of celebrity chef and food personality Eddie Huang and his book Fresh Off The Boat: A Memoir.
This is the first show to center around an Asian American family since Margaret Cho’s All American Girl’s one hit season wonder in 1994. “Fresh Off The Boat” premiers on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 8|7c. Check out the promo video below.
That’s all for this week folks. If I missed something, which I’m sure I did, leave your comments in the section below!