Jon Favreau ‘Star Wars’ News on International Women’s Day Gets Blowback, The Hollywood Reporter
“I hope the Favreau hires inclusively,” tweeted Constance Gibbs, writer for Black Girl Nerds. “I don’t even trust D&D from GoT to hire other white women, so they’re out. I just… I wanted better for this franchise that women of color love and support with equal measure.”
She continued, “You’re either ignoring us or prioritizing these white dudes. Both are bad looks. Do better, Star Wars. Let women of color be in charge of major stories in the franchise, especially because I would trust them more to hire WoC/diverse directors, writers, producers.”
“Unlike the whole ‘jumping the shark’ idea, where it’s like, ‘All right, once you’ve jumped the shark, nothing after that is good,’ it’s different with Doctor Who. With another show, you might think, ‘Oh, it’s not going to recover from this problem.’ But Doctor Who will do something new, and you’re into it again,” says Constance Gibbs, a pop-culture writer and critic and the host of the TARBIS podcast (Time and Relative Blackness in Space).
As Constance Gibbs observed in a powerful (and heart-wrenchingly personal) article on Polygon, the show didn’t get its first black companion – the bumbling Mickey Smith – until 2005.
This season has made us love the show again. Even though it has had some misses, the episodes have been largely enjoyable, the Doctor’s friends are well-rounded and fully developed people, and the Doctor is exciting. Whittaker is wide-eyed, energetic and empathic, and it is refreshing to see the Doctor played as someone who truly cares about individuals, even when she has to deal with saving the universe. Ryan and Yaz are particular favourites; the show has done a good job of allowing them to embody the full scope of their intersecting identities while at the same time letting them be their own people, and not forcing them to be representative of an entire group. It’s easy to connect with them. Bayana Davis, Robyn Jordan and Connie Gibbs are hosts of the podcast Who Watch: Time and Relative Blackness in Space.
Is Doctor Who finally getting it right on race?, The Guardian
Last month, Constance Gibbs, writer and editor at Black Girls Create and contributor to the Time and Relative Blackness in Space podcast, wrote a thoughtful explanation of how, to white children in the 1960s, a Police Box offering urgent help would have appeared as a welcome sight.
“The Kindergarten Teacher…takes the white savior trope and shows you how it often comes off to most audiences of color: not that heartwarming,” reviewer Constance Gibbs points out in her review for SheKnows.
Who Watch: Time and Relative Blackness in Space, a Doctor Who Podcast by Black Girls Create, co-creator
#WizardTeam, a Harry Potter Podcast by Black Girls Create, frequent Co-Host Appearances (will open in iTunes):
- Prisoner of Azkaban Chapters 10, 19
- Maurader’s Bonus Episode
- Goblet of Fire Chapters 8, 14, 17, 22, 26
- Order of the Phoenix Chapters 15, 22, 23, 29, 30, 37
- Black Panther Sorting
- Half-Blood Prince Chapters 7, 10
- Deathly Hallows Chapters TK
- Nerds of Prey, Ep. 45 – Schur Shot
- Reality Bomb, Episode 063 “Perception Filter”
- Now in Color, 2.7 The Wizarding World of Wokeness: Richard Potter
Black Girl Nerds Podcast Appearances (will open in iTunes):
- Writer and Director Eric Dean Seaton
- The black-ish Kids
- Author Daniel José Older
- Actor Taimak
- Teen CEO Maya Penn
- Voice Over/Live Action Actress Cree Summer
- Summer/Fall TV 2015 Chat
- Pre-#BGNNYCC 2015 Chat
- Actor Orlando Jones
- Producer Effie Brown
- Panels I’ve Been On (YouTube Playlist)
- Journalism in Pop Culture panel, Women in Comics Con,
- History as Fan Fiction: A CTRL+ALT Panel on Hamilton, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s pop-up culture lab
- Fangirls Lead the Way Panelist, New Jersey Comic Expo
- WNYC Fall Culture Preview: Television 2017
- Black Girl Nerds Breakdown Fandom Diversity at Blerd City Con
“The archetype of the nerd was always this skinning white dude, but we’ve all been nerds all of our lives. It’s not like we’re just coming out and people are like ‘Oh, snap! Black people suddenly like nerdy stuff.’ That’s definitely not the case. A lot of us were living our nerdy lives kinda isolated,” said Connie Gibbs. “Now with the power of social media, we’re able to band together. That makes our voices louder. We, Black Girl Nerds, have been doing this for various amounts of time but here we are on the same panel. Our voices are now louder than they were two or three years ago. We’re now coalescing like ‘Hey, we don’t think this is okay.’