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Never Fear: Unlikable Black Women on ‘Orange Is the New Black’ and ‘Luther’

Viola Davis at the SAG Awards

When I searched my mental rolodex for Black female characters in film or television who are unlikable my mind continued to circle. I was lost.

Normalizing the Black Family

TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE

When Solomon, Eliza, and her two children are both sold, she is sold away from her children. Their new slave owner, William Ford, (Benedict Cumberbatch), feeling guilty when he hears Eliza’s sobs of protests, tries to buy the children, but the auctioneer refuses to sell the them. William Ford takes Solomon and a devastated Eliza to his plantation, where she continues to cry on the journey to the plantation. When Ford’s wife, Mistress Ford, hears of new slave Eliza’s plight she callously responds, “Oh poor thing, well she’ll get over it in a day or two.”

Female Friendship: The Roundup

Walking above favela “Barbarah (Leilah Moreno), Lena (Cindy Mendes), Mayah (Quelynah), and Preta (Negra Li)

Check out all of the posts for our Female Friendship Theme Week here.

An American Icon: In Praise of Jane Fonda, AFI’s Life Achievement Award Winner of 2014

Jane Fonda

The roles she began to play during this period revealed a growing socio-political awareness.