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  • Today is #BlackOutDay on social media. The hashtag speaks for itself beautifully, but here are some highlights.
  • What a single SNL sketch tells us about women’s voices.
  • Make your mark during Women’s History Month by participating in a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.
  • Netflix picked up Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba.
  • Orlando Jones has joined the cast of The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, also starring Jason Sudeikis, Jessica Biel, and Maisie Williams.
  • HBO’s call for submissions from POC writers last week for their fellowship program was less than stellar, with a website crash and a 1K entry cap.
  • Grace over at Mythcreants looks at six female archetypes in Stephen King’s works
  • Anika Noni Rose will be leading CBS drama For Justice, based on a James Patterson novel. Rose will play tough as nails Special Agent “Nat” Chappel, who works in the Criminal Section of the Department of Civil Rights Division.
  • Episode storylines of Friends if the cast were Black.
  • Native Americans are fighting to keep their birth names on Facebook.
  • Catch up on Bitch Flicks’ “Unlikable Women” posts. (While you’re on the topic, check out Elyse’s tribute to the Disney villainess.)
  • Check out these awesome bookish posters and prints to decorate your abode!
  • Emily Nussbaum talks about being a “bad fan” when it comes to women-centric television.
  • We just stumbled on this: an interactive timeline of women pioneers in electronic music.
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We are all gutted this morning to have learned that Leonard Nimoy passed away. Our thoughts go out to his loved ones and everyone whose lives he touched. His last tweet a few days ago feels especially poignant now:

TA life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP. <width=

“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.”

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  • A discussion of intersectionality, Appropriation vs Appreciation, hip hop, and how it all relates to Fresh Off the Boat.
  • Laverne Cox to star in CBS legal drama Doubt as an Ivy league educated attorney.
  • We’re sad to see Jon Stewart go: who will cover the 2016 election? And who will take over his spot on The Daily Show? (Pst, Jessica Williams!)
  • Naturally everyone’s abuzz about the Spidey remake and how it’s going back to high school. Adam Murray’s tweets say it all for us.
  • 17 year old scientist Anya Poghari creates prototype for cheaper, smaller dialysis machine.
  • Not acceptable: half of WOC in STEM frequently being mistaken for janitorial staff.
  • Love these gorgeous covers proposed by artist Jian Guo for the Chinese translation of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  • Our friends Black Girls Talking made this list of 13 must-listen podcasts bringing Black voices to the mic.
  • Jenn Northington compares ODY-C and Bitch Planet, two very different comics that both bring new takes on feminism and gender.
  • Must read: Dianca London Potts writes about her experience working in historical reenactment in Salem.
  • Aging robotic pets Aibos, created by Sony in 1999, are in urgent need of some robo-veterinary care!
  • It’s perfect time to revisit Rachelle Abellar’s adorable Doctor Who Valentines – free for all!
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Who you gonna call? Moxie fancasts Ghostbusters


Breaking news, if you live under a pile of ancient sea turtle shells: Paul Feig, who directed Bridesmaids, is making a new Ghostbusters movie, and this time it has GIRLS.


I know…right?!

For me, though, this is sort of where the excitement ends. Word is out that the main ladies to be featured in the movie are Kristen Wiig (shocker), Melissa McCarthy (shocker of shockers), Leslie Jones (I’ll get to this later), and Kate McKinnon (sure, I guess). We get one whole WOC and one whole lesbian, wow!

Yonce Eyeroll

As per usual on the internet, this casting announcement has spawned a bevy of fancasting discussions, just like this one! Full disclosure on my end: I may or may not work ~*in the biz*~ and I am DEFINITELY more of a stickler for considerations like relevance and feasibility, probably more than other folks when it comes to pretend casting movies and TV on the internet. It’s not that I don’t love your faves – in fact, I’m sure a lot of your faves are also my faves – but when I do this, I also like to make a point, and that point is that diversity is not hard. We don’t need to go out into a forest clearing and cast some spells to call up some diverse players for new media. We have people around right here, right now who have name recognition and are just waiting for the opportunity to make that Clooney money.

Let's go conjure up a fancast or 12.

Let’s go conjure up a fancast or 12.

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  • Watch the trailer for Appropriate Behavior, a rom-com about an Iranian-American bisexual woman, and be charmed!
  • A sobering read about The Interview, with a perspective from a North Korean defector.
  • The beautiful and detailed backdrops of the Star Wars movies.
  • Idris Elba is developing a trilogy about demon-fighting Edgar Allan Poe, based on 1978 novel Poe Must Die.
  • We’re super excited for DC’s Vixen to arrive on the CW this fall! Vixen is African-born Mari Jiwe McCabe, who has a mystical Tantu totem that gives her the abilities of animals.
  • Feeling sad, or forgot how to paint a happy little tree? You can stream all episodes of The Joy of Painting.
  • Laura Palmer returns 25 years later, as promised.
  • The Superbowl: Chris Pratt vs Chris Evans. Who wins? Children.
  • Would you pay $80 to have Cumberbatch all over your legs?
  • Mount Holyoke College decries The Vagina Monologues as “inherently reductionist and exclusive;” Eve Ensler responds.
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Broad City: The Rewatch, Part Two

With season 2 of Broad City premiering tonight, January 14th, on Comedy Central, I’m back with the second part of my re-watch of the comedy series. (Get caught up, if you missed the earlier post.)


(via Vulture)

In the first half of Broad City’s premiere season, we spent a lot of time getting to know Abbi and Ilana, and their usual routines. The show really picks up speed in the second half of the season, growing more robust than simply “a couple of stoner girls fail at life”, with more ambitious storylines, new characters, and a showcase of guest stars. While the first five episodes certainly endeared us to the main characters, the last five convince us that there is still so much more to explore when it comes to the two friends. Continue reading

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  • Scarlett Johansson has signed on for the starring role of Motoko Kusanagi in Dreamworks adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, and fans of the anime are not too happy about it.
  • Director Ava DuVernay on Selma: “I wasn’t interested in making a white-savior movie.”
  • Actors Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, and Cecep Arif Rahman from The Raid and The Raid 2 have joined the cast of the new Star Wars.
  • Check out this piece on The Mary Sue about the real life Peggy Carters of WWII.
  • You need to watch Nathan Stewart-Jarrett recite Shakespeare’s Sonnet 102.
  • The Flood is an album bringing ancient Sumerian and Babylonian music back to life.
  • Ghana is launching they country’s first satellite into space in 2015.
  • Archaeologists have discovered the tomb of an unknown Egyptian queen.
  • The Internet Archive has uploaded tons of old MS-DOS games. A great way to kill time, though you may die of dysentery.
  • Flavorwire has a list of 50 film titles for cinephiles wanting a feminist perspective.
  • Harvard University Press have a new project: Murty Classical Library of India, with over 500 volumes projected, including the Therigatha – a collection of verses by the earliest ordained Buddhist women.
  • Fans of The Shining should consider submitting their proposals for a 61,500 square foot hedge maze to be built by The Stanley Hotel, which inspired Stephen King’s novel.
  • This is giggle worthy: what if Hannibal Lecter was notorious… for telling bad jokes?
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Broad City: The Rewatch, Part One

If you’re anything like me, you fell in love with Broad City when it debuted on Comedy Central this past January (or you were lucky enough to know about it when it was a webseries on Youtube), and were devastated when the season was over after a mere 10 episodes. Luckily, the new year is here and with it comes the show’s much anticipated second season. In preparation for this momentous occasion, I’m rewatching the first season, taking note of everything that made Broad City my favorite irreverent feminist comedy of the year. Come along with me on the first part of a wacky journey through the lives of two sometimes irresponsible, always entertaining NYC 20-somethings, Abbi and Ilana.


Happy dance (via Comedy Central Tumblr)

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After today, we’ll be taking a break from Geeking Out for the next couple of weeks, so here’s a whole lot of links to tide you over.

  • Coming soon: The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness, a documentary about Studio Ghibli.
  • We’re keeping an eye out for Fresh Off The Boat, a sitcom written by Nahnatchka Khan (Don’t Trust the B* in Apt 23) and starring Randall Park.
  • Anita Sarkeesian and Carolyn Petit present five feminist moments in video games.
  • Archie Comics is relaunching its flagship series with writer Mark Wald and artist Fiona Staples.
  • Star Trek and Parks & Reca match made in the stars.
  • Sure, superhero = spandex, but overall, we’re still digging the design for Spiderwoman’s new costume.
  • Tis the season! Make your own superhero snowflakes!
  • Judy Blume’s In the Unlikely Event, a new book aimed at adult readers.
  • What was the best moment in feminism of 2014? weighs in.
  • Who shone brightest among women in science this past year?
  • On that note, check out Rachel Ignotofsky’s awesome posters celebrating women in science!
  • Women You Should Know looks at the legacy of that famous LEGO ad from 1981.
  • 3D printing gave this cute pooch the opportunity to run wild and free.
  • And let’s finish off the list with something magical that will make your heart ache: John Cho singing “Wild World”. Soundcloud for just the audio version, or YouTube to watch his beautiful face.
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Southern Reach Trilogy

AnnihilationThirty years ago, an ecological event closed off an area of land referred to as “the forgotten coast”. Saying that it was an environmental catastrophe, the government named the bordered off area “Area X.” But the government didn’t set up those borders; in fact, something else created the invisible barrier that for a long time was impenetrable. When passage into Area X opened inexplicably, a government agency called Southern Reach sent expeditions of scientists to investigate, all of them failing in their task. Some would come back with no recollection of what they saw, others wouldn’t come back at all, and many came back only to die of cancer months later. This is how Annihilation, the first book of Jeff VanderMeer‘s riveting Southern Reach Trilogy, begins: with the twelfth expedition setting out on their mission.

The latest expedition is made up of four unnamed scientists, all of them women. They are the Psychologist, the Surveyor, the Linguist, and the Biologist, whose point of view makes up the majority of the book. What happened to the prior eleven expeditions? What is in Area X? Who is in it? There are lots of questions, but don’t expect clear cut answers. Whatever answers you get are surrounded in ambiguity, like the fuzzy humidity in Area X, and before the main questions are answered, many new ones sprout, like mushrooms.

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Grief and Motherhood in The Babadook


Amelia (Essie Davis) reads Mister Babdook to Sam (Noah Wiseman). (Photo: MovieMag)

Snap Synopsis: A widowed mom tries to hold it together when she realizes her son’s night terrors might be real.

Trigger Warning: The dog dies.

Sleep is one of the absolute necessities needed for survival; you might be able to last a while if deprived, but sooner or later you’ll crash and burn. The dominating feeling of fatigue and borderline delirium that comes from sleep deprivation – itself a form of torture – is the driving force in Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook. The viewer follows single mother Amelia (Essie Davis) over the course of a week leading up to the anniversary of her husband Oskar’s sudden (and violent) death, in a film that is a great study of trauma and grief. Amelia’s already fraught week takes a turn for the worse when she reads the bedtime story of Mister Babadook (A Bad Book) to her son Sam (Noah Wiseman) and the boy insists that the Babadook really is haunting them.  Continue reading

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  • Krysten Ritter rumored to play Marvel’s Jessica Jones opposite Mike Colter.
  • We have no idea what possessed someone to make Thor out of cups of coffee, but it’s pretty awesome.
  • We’d totally support Stephen Hawking‘s dream to play a Bond villan!
  • It’s Holiday Shopping Time! Check out these two science-inspired lists for kids of all ages.
  • Samantha Cristoforetti, Italy’s first female astronaut, answers the expected sexist questions with grace.
  • Checkout Lumino City, a gorgeous video game designed with paper and cardboard.
  • CN Lester’s beautiful essay about mermaids, transformation, and a search for self as a genderqueer child.
  • Aww, poor droids. io9 ranks the top 10 most useless in the Star Wars universe.
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