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Friday, March 11, 2016

Speaking Out: Revisiting Women of Color Critics and Visibility



Another day, another headline that asks "Where are all the diverse voices in film criticism?" I almost feel like standing up with a neon sign that reads "WE'RE RIGHT HERE." The virtual invisibility of women of color critics, particularly, is what propelled me to highlight some of the women I read regularly online in my "What It's Really Like to Be a WoC Film Critic" series.

And after poring over all their amazingly honest essays, frustrations, and accounts writing in the industry, I've noticed a single common denominator: a collective feeling of being undervalued. The talent is unquestionably there, the need for our voices is more present than ever, but the respect is missing--from both our white male and female counterparts. As you have seen from their diverse experiences featured in this series, it's a battle we continue to fight because we have something to say.

Below is the entire collection of essays:

Jamie Broadnax on Hollywood whitewashing and representation
Ashlee Blackwell on highlighting an underappreciated black horror genre
Natasha Parks on being the lone black woman critic in a room filled with white men
Karen Stevens on the value of women critics of color
Kimberly Renee on being a part of a women of color critics community
Courtney Elaine on the effect of social media on the visibility of women critics of color
Thomasena Farrar on how women of color critics are not a monolith

Now it's time to work together to make the film critic community inclusive.

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