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Sunday, November 10, 2013

How Olivia Pope on "Scandal," Abbie Mills on "Sleepy Hollow," and Other Black Women TV Characters Defy Stereotype

The small screen continues to win the diversity game in terms of roles for women, especially actresses of color. On today's "Cinema in Noir," we celebrate what we love most about these characters--from Abbie Mills on Sleepy Hollow to Queenie on American Horror Story: Coven.

Our discussion, however, centers on the recent Buzzfeed article that highlighted how many of roles defy the "strong black woman" stereotype: the idea that black women characters are generally emotionless, sexless and morally astute. One look at Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) pleasuring herself with a minotaur on American Horror Story: Coven or Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) on Scandal, you realize that conventional way of thinking is--hopefully--a thing of the past.

On the show we also share our reviews of About Time and Thor: The Dark World. Lastly, we address the news that The History Channel plans a "contemporary" remake the epic 1997 miniseries Roots. Because that B.S. is beyond outrageous and cannot go un-addressed.

Catch a replay of today's podcast here, and share your comments below.


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