shout out to people who are scared to call others out, whose hands shake when they try to explain what’s wrong, whose throats threaten to close up with thoughts of ‘what if i’m just overreacting’, whose hearts are pounding out of their chests because they just stuck their necks out for their beliefs, who have lost friends and respect and safety for aligning themselves with causes
At a panel about the lack of diversity in the book publishing industry, hosted by PW, a number of publishing professionals warned that the overwhelmingly white makeup of the industry threatens its long-term viability.
Two of the three amazing panelists were a part of DIBs (Diversity in Books), the group of editors who helped create the CBC Diversity Committee. Alvina Ling and Stacey Barney not only talked about some of the barriers (to entry into the publishing world along with publishing more inclusive stories), but highlighted some of the amazing bright spots in publishing that need to be celebrated in this conversation. Some of these include:
Titles written by and starring people of color that have reached the bestsellers list
Outreach to schools and universities (in-person and through virtual career fairs that introduce students early to the possibility of a career in publishing)
After about an hour of moderated discussion, the conversation was opened for audience participation. One question that was asked of the panel near the end was, “To continue to move the conversation forward, but also as a means to institute more action and change, what collaborations/partnerships/programs would you like to see instituted to help promote more diversity in-house as well as get more books supported that are written by and about people from different cultures?”
Some of the panel’s answers?
More scholarship programs for publishing programs/internships to help with the financial burden of getting your start in publishing
More partnerships with media outlets to cover more diverse offerings
Finding a way to utilize celebrities to endorse reading cross-culturally
More support systems to allow individuals to be in the publishing world (like mentorship programs)
“Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks to lead a 2017 docudrama of New York City’s Stonewall riots, reports Deadline. The Sherlock star will star opposite Kate Winslet in what is rumoured to be a whirlwind onscreen romance against the backdrop of 1969 Manhattan. The project, based on a script by Randall Wallace, has the ring of Oscar bait, according to industry veterans.”—
Well, guess we have this to look forward to. (via jakke)
A white cisgender heterosexual couple during the Stonewall Riots? Yeah, that sounds fantastic.
she literally worked for the nazis and benefitted from jewish shareholders in chanel being sent off to concentration camps when their share came into her possession
parisian consumers actually refused to buy a lot from her own ranges after 1940 because she was an infamous collaborator but british and american consumers kept on buying them and continue to glorify her
People become attractive over time as you get to know them. Someone who you once felt completely neutral towards can make your stomach do somersaults. It’s not that they were not good looking to begin with, it’s just that things happened which made your conscience ease up and your heart changed. Good character can contribute to how someone perceives you.
Girls, romanticize yourselves. You are a queen. You are a warrior. You are an enchantress. You are a mermaid. You are a goddess. You are all of these things and more, you are the stuff of fairytales.
Women, traumatize others. You are a dragon. You are a wolf. You are a bump in the night. You are the last thing they see in the darkness. You are all of these things and more, you are the heart of their fucking nightmares.
The first thought that immediately came to mind was some classical novelist or philosopher from the nineteenth century. Someone quiet but eccentric, since people prefer my quirky side to my quiet side. Mainly I want them to be like a creative mentor, because I don’t have many people I can talk to about my writing.
“Ultimately, the biggest thing to remember when looking back on Hook’s story in “The Apprentice” is that it was meant to show both how little Rumplestiltskin has changed and how much Hook has changed.”—
“And now Klaus is apparently running off to go and save Sunny. In the books of course it is Violet, but I know that Hollywood prefers its female actresses to do very little.”—Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events audio commentary (via themaraudersaredead)
I did go to school for Marine Biology, but the cool thing is… the greatest thing for me is that Polynesians, our gods, Kahoali, Maui, all these water gods, so it’s really cool and a honor to be playing a [water] character. And there’s not too many brown superheroes, so I’m really looking forward to representing the Polynesians, the natives.
My family are some of the greatest water men on earth. I’m not, but I’m going to go train with them. But it’s really an honor just being a Polynesian. And water is the most important thing in this world and we all know it. It’s cool be a part of DC’s universe.
we all die. that doesn’t suddenly erase your history.
yes but also while remembering the problematic and horrible things they might have done, respect the living and give them time to mourn their loved ones before you go parading around in celebration of someone’s death like please