Tag: Star Wars

December 28, 2015 / / Entertainment

By Arturo R. García

Don’t look now, but Rey isn’t the only polarizing character coming out of The Force Awakens.

Unlike Daisy Ripley’s Rey, however, the criticism surrounding Finn isn’t coming from misanthropic white men, but POC who feel John Boyega’s character comes up short — at least thus far — among the new group of Star Wars protagonists.

We’ll save the spoilers until we get below the cut. But personally, I don’t think we can really say where Finn is going until Episode VIII unfolds. Boyega’s performance, however, should not be an issue. And mark me down as being supportive of Finn/Poe shippers in our midst, while also hoping that his adventures with a lightsaber are foreshadowing for bigger feats.

Still, it’s worth looking into some of the analysis spilling out from Finn’s first appearance. And be advised: SPOILERS FOR THE FORCE AWAKENS BEGIN AFTER THE CUT.
Read the Post Voices: The Debate Awakens Around John Boyega and Star Wars’ Finn

December 1, 2014 / / Entertainment
July 22, 2014 / / Entertainment

By Guest Contributor Keith Chow, cross-posted from The Nerds Of Color

Earlier this week, Lucasfilm announced the addition of two more actors to the cast of Star Wars Episode VII. We do not yet know who the two relatively unknown actors — Pip Anderson, who’s British, and Crystal Clarke, who’s African American — will play in the movie, but I’m guessing their roles must be substantial enough to warrant a press release about their casting. If their characters are indeed prominent, Clarke will join John Boyega and Lupita Nyong’o in making this “the blackest Star Wars ever.”

Still, every time breaking Star Wars casting news comes across my feed, there’s always one name that I hope to see in the headlines:Ming-Na Wen.

Read the Post The Disney Triple Crown: Why Ming-Na Wen Needs To Be In Star Wars

February 18, 2013 / / Entertainment
January 7, 2013 / / Culturelicious

As Latoya mentioned at the time, we dealt with not only the holidays but some technical glitches to close out the year. Those are in the past now, thank goodness (and some folks who offered their help).

We’ll be rolling out new content throughout the week–expect a Django double-feature on Wednesday–but to get us started, check out this Moyers & Company interview with Junot Díaz, in which he not only revisits many of the themes of his keynote speech at Facing Race, but also touches on the choices in Star Wars that resonated with his immigrant experience and his wishes for the next four years of the Obama administration. A full transcript can be found here, but a small excerpt of the conversation is under the cut.
Read the Post Video: Kicking Off Our New Year With Some Junot Diaz

May 4, 2012 / / fandom

So today, we’ve got two occasions to commemorate.

The first, of course, is Cinco de Mayo, which will ring in Saturday. As ever, we remind you to remind your friends that this is not Mexican Independence Day. But it is a good time to hear from some Mexican artists.

Leading off today is Mexico City’s La Gusana Ciega, a veteran band–LGC formed in 1996–that continues to tour, on the heels of releasing the greatest-hits collection Conejo en el Sombrero last year. Here’s the title cut:


Read the Post The Friday Mixtape–5.4.12 Edition

January 11, 2012 / / black

By Arturo R. García

I won’t lie – I was skeptical when I first heard George Lucas was appearing on The Daily Show to promote his new Tuskegee Airmen story Red Tails. On the surface, it represented a missed opportunity: the film centers around four black characters, with a cast that includes Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ne-Yo – why weren’t any of them getting some face-time with Jon Stewart?

Lucas’ appearance ended up being a pleasant surprise. But, both he and Stewart left one important question hanging.
Read the Post Red Tails Does The Media Rounds: Are George Lucas’ Fans Listening?

August 12, 2011 / / casting