Quvenzhane Wallis

On ‘Annie,’ Lady ‘Ghostbusters,’ and “Ruined” Childhoods

'Annie' (2014)  movie poster

And the matter of representation here is so important. Little Black girls deserve to see themselves on screen, to try to be like Annie the way I tried to be like Punky Brewster when I was a kid. They deserve to see this kind of Cinderella story, where the benefactor is a successful Black businessman (Jamie Foxx as cell phone-mogul and mayoral candidate Will Stacks, the less-creepily named equivalent to Daddy Warbucks). Black parents deserve to take their kids to movies that will show families like theirs. And people of all ages and all races need to see Black actors star in movies like this so the gross privileged reaction of “but the star isn’t white OH NOES!” goes away.

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Bitch Flicks’ Weekly Picks

Your Feminism Ain’t Like Ours, Because We Are Raising Quvenzhané Wallis by Duchess Harris via The Feminist Wire  What I Learned about Gender Roles by Watching the Trailers for Every Summer Action Movie by Alyssa Rosenberg via ThinkProgress How ‘Game of Thrones’ Traded Easy ‘Warrior Princess’ Empowerment for Something More Complex by Alison Willmore via […]

Bitch Flicks’ Weekly Picks

Oz the Great and Powerful Rekindles the Notion that Women are Wicked by Natalie Wilson via Ms. What ‘Oz’ Owes to Early Radical Feminism by Michelle Dean via The Nation Why ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Is A Major Step Back For Witches and Women by Elisabeth Rappe via Film.com Where Were White Feminists Speaking […]

Women of Color in Film and TV: Quotes of the Day: Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards

Last Thursday, Feb. 21, Essence magazine held its sixth annual Black Women in Hollywood awards luncheon. The honorees were: Breakthrough Performance – Quvenzhané Wallis Lincoln Shining Star Award – Naomie Harris Visionary Award – Mara Brock Akil Fierce & Fearless Award – Gabrielle Union Vanguard Award – Alfre Woodard Power Award – Oprah Winfrey Nine-year-old Wallis, star […]

2013 Oscar Week: ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’: Deluge Myths

Quvenzhane Wallis as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild  Guest post written by Laura A. Shamas, Ph.D. Warning: spoilers ahead! With the Oscar season in full swing, many of the nominated films released in 2012 are in the spotlight again. Beasts of the Southern Wild is nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Actress, Best […]

2013 Oscar Week: Best Actress Nominee Rundown

Written by Rachel Redfern. This year’s nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role has the most diverse age of any Best Actress nomination field. Ever. With Emmanuelle Riva leading at the graceful age of eighty-five and Quvenzhané Wallis blooming at the energetic age of nine, can we just say, ‘Yes!’ I enjoy the Academy […]

2013 Oscar Week: Cosmology, Gender, and Quvenzhané Wallis: ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’

Written by Max Thornton. In my studies, I work with the intersection of pop culture and religion. This is a frustrating field: a lot of the discourse from the theological side is exceedingly shallow, and the explicit pop-culture engagements with religion are rarely any better. Honestly, I often find I can have the richest theological […]

2013 Academy Awards Diversity Checklist

Written by Lady T I want to talk a little about the Oscar nominees this year. (“But, Lady T, you talk too much about the Oscars.” “Oh yeah? Your MOM talks too much about the Oscars!”) Seriously, she can’t shut up about him.   Mostly, I want to talk about the Oscars in terms of […]

2013 Academy Awards Diversity Checklist

Written by Lady T I want to talk a little about the Oscar nominees this year. (“But, Lady T, you talk too much about the Oscars.” “Oh yeah? Your MOM talks too much about the Oscars!”) Seriously, she can’t shut up about him.   Mostly, I want to talk about the Oscars in terms of […]