A New TV Series Honors Celia Cruz, la Reina de Salsa

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Reprinted with permission from Bitch The work of Celia Cruz is being honored this year in an astonishing 80-episode series from the Spanish-language network Telemundo. For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with Cruz, the series will be an overdue but necessary introduction to her life. For the millions of us who are already […]

The State of LGBT TV in 2015


Reprinted with permission from Women and Hollywood Depending on how you look at the numbers, things are either better or still sorely lacking for LGBT characters on television. GLAAD released its annual “Where We Are On TV” report, and its findings defied simple summarization. Overall representation is up. Overall representation of queer people of color and […]

Tell NBC to #DumpTrump!


NBC announced last week that Donald Trump would host Saturday Night Live on Nov. 7. The response to the announcement was swift—and scathing. The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda and other Hispanic groups wrote a letter to NBC CEO Stephen Burke and SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels saying they were “flabbergasted” by the decision to have Trump host […]

Hey Raven-Symoné, You’re Part of the Problem


Hey, Raven-Symoné. My name is Bianca White and I am a fictional character created by a woman named Yolanda Spivey. You see, back in 2009, after graduating college, Yolanda conducted an employment experiment because she simply could not find a job. So on paper, she changed her name and race to mimic that of a […]

H&M: Where Pseudo-Sustainability Meets Diversity Porn

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The world’s second largest fashion retailer recently made a deliberate move to attract members of the world’s second largest religion, and people have taken notice. More specifically, H&M featured a Muslim hijabi woman for a split second in this video advertising spot that deftly disguises a sly cost-saving measure as an eco-friendly call for “sustainable fashion.” The […]

Your Feminist Fall TV Guide


As the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences rolls up the red carpet on this year’s Emmys, the new season of must-see TV is just beginning. Women continue to struggle with representation on and off screen, but excitement is in the air(waves) for a fresh crop of women-created and women-centered programming. Here’s Ms. Blog’s roundup […]

An (Un)Surprising Thing Happens When Women Run TV Shows


When a woman is calling the shots on a TV show, she does one thing differently than a man would: She hires more women. According to a new study by Martha Lauzen of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, primetime television programs with at least one […]

Women Aren’t Here to Smile for You

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Serena Williams, the winner of 21 Grand Slam titles and arguably the greatest living female athlete, was understandably exhausted after defeating her sister and best friend Venus Williams in the U.S. Open earlier this week. So she wasn’t having it when, during a post-match press conference on Tuesday, a reporter had the gall to ask […]

What Makes Olivia Benson “America’s Favorite Female Character”


Television shows that feature empowered, multi-dimensional women and girl characters seem to be having a moment. One doesn’t have to channel surf for long during a typical weekday night before coming across the face of Olivia Benson, Cookie Lyon or whatever character Jessica Lange happens to be playing on American Horror Story. Entertainment and content marking […]

Who’s Behind Your Favorite TV Shows? Certainly Not Women


The Directors Guild of America (DGA) this week released its annual report on the gender and ethnicity of TV directors, and the results are less than promising for women and people of color: When it comes to directing TV, white men still vastly outnumber every other group of people. The “DGA TV Diversity Report” breaks down […]