NBC just cast newcomer Alanna Saunders as Tiger Lily for its live-action production of Peter Pan. In doing so, it did what the Hollywood version wouldn’t: star an actress of Native American descent to play a Native American character.
(So I’m copying the following from Facebook, i.e. if you are friends with me on there you may have already seen it. But I really need to get the word out through all available channels!)
Good morning everyone! I’m taking a break from my physiology homework to put forth an appeal to family, friends, and strangers alike.
As part of their annual International Day of Peace observance, the United Nations has invited 500 youth delegates from around the world to participate in their ceremonies, representing the variety of cultures who share in this global event, as well as the humanitarian efforts being performed by young people around the world. On behalf of the Patrick McCollum Foundation, I have been asked to attend as one of these delegates. It is an incredible honor and privilege to receive this invitation, and I expect the experience to be unimaginably exciting and ultimately life-changing.
To this end, I am currently attempting to raise the funds I need to travel to New York on the 18th of September and stay there through the 21st. In addition to the events at the United Nations on the 19th, I have the opportunity to attend a number of associated events and possibly meet some very extraordinary people in the days following.
I have set up a donation page at http://www.gofundme.com/cnppak My request is not that you necessarily contribute yourself, but that you share this link with whomever you can.
I am immensely grateful for the support, and I will continue to update my donation page with any information or publicity as my departure draws closer.
“Chris [Pratt] never uses a spit bucket. When you do scenes where a character is eating, you eat and then spit it out into a ‘spit bucket.’ Chris just keeps eating. If you see Andy eating a cheeseburger in a scene, you should know Chris Pratt ate like 8 cheeseburgers. I love that guy.”—Aziz Ansari (via hellagaby)
“The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.”—