First Look: Season 2 | BROOKLYN NINE-NINE | FOX BROADCASTING
My Body is Ready.
Actually it’s been ready all summer. I’ve watched the first season way too many times now.
“More girls should join boys’ teams so it could be a tradition and it wouldn’t be so special.” - 13-year-old Mo’Ne Davis, the 18th girl to play in the Little League World Series in its 68-year history, the FIRST girl to throw a Little League World Series SHUTOUT. Her fastball? 70 MILES PER HOUR. #throwlikeagirl #BlackGirlsROCK
Selfie | “Pilot”
I’m going to be honest, I had low expectations for Selfie. Though I do genuinely adore both Karen Gillan and John Cho as well as the idea of them playing opposite one another- let alone in a modern adaptation of My Fair Lady - but based on the trailer alone I wasn’t expecting much.
The marketing for the series relies heavily on the whole “technology-is-ruining-humanity!” and “people-who-take-selfies-are-terrible-human-beings!” tropes that I expected it to spend the majority of the pilot rolling my eyes and cringing.
But I watched it on a whim- and I was genuinely surprised. It wasn’t terrible. And it does bring up some issues surrounding social media and human connection.
Both characters represent extremes in regards to how we view or use social media. Cho’s character is slightly older, “dignified”, and straight up cannot understand why anyone would feel the need to photograph their food- let alone, take a selfie at any given moment of the day. Gillan’s character on the other hand is a heavy user of social media but is completely self obsessed.
Both characters struggle to connect with the people and the world around them be it online or otherwise.
Now I’d love to see a mainsteam media platform address social media and it’s use especially by it’s “natives” (otherwise known as Generation Z) properly - without relying on the out-dated, ill-informed tropes mentioned above. It would be great to see these characters grow and change in a series that focuses on the theme of human connection and disconnection without completely villainizing a selfie.
Somehow I doubt that’ll be the focus here. Either way, Cho and Gillan were able to hold the pilot up for me, so I might just watch again next week.
It’s only the pilot- so who knows?
Never judge a series by it’s pilot.
Meet Jedidah Isler
She is the first black woman to earn a PhD in astronomy from Yale University.
As much as she loves astrophysics, Isler is very aware of the barriers that still remain for young women of color going into science. “It’s unfortunately an as-yet-unresolved part of the experience,” she says. She works to lower those barriers, and also to improve the atmosphere for women of color once they become scientists, noting that “they often face unique barriers as a result of their position at the intersection of race and gender, not to mention class, socioeconomic status and potentially a number of other identities.”
While Isler recounts instances of overt racial and gender discrimination that are jaw-dropping, she says more subtle things happen more often. Isler works with the American Astronomical Society’s commission on the status of minorities in astronomy.
She also believes that while things will improve as more women of color enter the sciences, institutions must lead the way toward creating positive environments for diverse student populations. That is why she is active in directly engaging young women of color: for example participating in a career exploration panel on behalf of the Women’s Commission out of the City of Syracuse Mayor’s Office, meeting with high-achieving middle-school girls. She is also on the board of trustees at the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST).
“Whether I like it or not, I’m one of only a few women of color in this position,” she says. “Addressing these larger issues of access to education and career exploration are just as important as the astrophysical work that I do.”
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST YES DAMMIT!
sending this straight to featured #science cause fuck yeah BW + Astrophysics.