The Monthly Read – Feb 4th

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Selecting interesting articles, exciting news from the world of comics and pop culture, important editorials, or unique perspective pieces; LGN presents a monthly round up of links to read.

This month we have Batwoman on TV, 28 Days of Black Cosplay, Cree language podcast, and TNG is so weird.

1. Ruby Rose-Led ‘Batwoman’ Pilot a Go at CW | THR
“It’s official: The CW is moving forward with a Batwoman stand-alone series.

The network on Thursday handed out a pilot order for the Ruby Rose-led drama from showrunner and writer Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) and exec producer Greg Berlanti.

David Nutter, the Emmy-winning Game of Thrones helmer who previously helmed pilots for The CW’s The Flash and Arrow, will serve in the same capacity on Batwoman.”

It’s official ladies, Batwoman will be a fully realized series for the CW.

2. #28DaysOfBlackCosplay: Why We’re Still Rockin’ The Hashtag After 5 Years | Essence Magazine
“Once upon a time, I actually took great pride in being painted as a unique, chubby butterfly who spent her days watching Toonami and writing fanfic instead of being like—judgmental teenage side-eye—“those other girls.” It would take me an embarrassingly long time to realize that there was nothing wrong with “those other girls,” and it would take even longer to realize how being made to feel like “the only one” in any space is unbearably lonely.

Cue my perfectly timed segue into #28DaysOfBlackCosplay.”

Go hard for your friends. Go hard for Black History Month.

3. Aquaman: A Mixed Kid’s Journey | Nerds of Color
“I share a similarly complex background. I was American-born but lived abroad from ages 8 to 17, with each of my parents from a different country, namely Syria and the Philippines. So you see, I am just like Aquaman. And because we are twins, I saw an interesting reverberation between having a mixed actor play a mixed superhero. Particularly when new mom, Atlanna, informs Aquatot, “You are the bridge between land and sea.” The soundtrack soars, telling me: Yes! This mixed baby is hope! This mixed baby is the future.”

A wonderful POV review from a mixed perspective.

4. Cree language podcast records Elders’ stories from Northern Quebec | CBC
“The creator of a podcast in the Cree language is hoping it will help reverse a trend of increasing English usage among youth in the James Bay region of Quebec.

In Eeyou Istchee was created by 29-year old Nick Wapachee from Nemaska, Que., about 700 km north of Montreal. It’s one of nine Cree communities that make up the Eeyou Istchee Nation in Northern Quebec.”

Kicking off 2019 in it’s full thematic mission, indigenous languages.

5. “DUMPLIN’” SHOWS THE VALUE IN EMPOWERING FAT CHILDREN | Bitch Media
“In the opening scene of Dumplin’, Netflix’s new adaptation of Julie Murphy’s 2015 novel, the audience gets a glimpse into the childhood of Willowdean Dickson (Danielle Macdonald). As she waits for her aunt Lucy (Hillary Begley) outside a donut shop, a sweet smile on her chubby face, a couple of boys begin taunting her—making “oinking” sounds and calling her a pig. By the time Lucy comes outside, Willowdean is visibly crushed and on the verge of tears. “Pay them no mind, Willowdean,” Lucy tells her, “The world is filled with people who are going to try to tell you who you are, but that’s for you to decide. You hear me?” Lucy’s words of encouragement immediately restore her smile.”

“Dumplin'” is available on Netflix now!

6. HOUSE MOTHER RULES “POSE” IS A TESTAMENT TO THE SELFLESSNESS OF TRANS WOMEN | Bitch magazine
“FX’s Pose rightfully garnered a great deal of fanfare because it so accurately depicted the experiences of queer and trans people of color in the ballroom scene; boasted the largest trans cast in TV history; and has powerhouse trans women of color, like Janet Mock, in the writer’s room and behind the camera. Slay. Beyond the show’s snappy one-liners and exploration of the pain that queer people of color endured in the ’80s, Pose also navigates an important conversation about the important role that trans women of color play in the lives of queer men of color.”

Catch Pose on FX, check with your cable provider.

7. Superman: Red Son Animated Movie Reportedly Coming; Cast Revealed | ScreenRant
“The classic Superman story Red Son will be the next Elseworlds arc adaptedinto an animated movie by DC Films, and Diedrich Bader has been confirmed to be among the voice actors already cast for the project. It remains to be seen what role the beloved voice actor is playing, but he’s best known for playing Batman in other animated works based on DC Comics, including the series Batman: The Brave and The Bold.”

A wholly lauded run coming to the animated world this year.

8. ‘Star Trek’: 7 Burning Questions for ‘Discovery’ Season 2 | THR
“Star Trek: Discovery has made an effort to embrace elements of modern television, separating it from other series in the franchise. Perhaps the most prominent is the serialization of its storytelling, eschewing more traditional “crisis of the week” storylines in favor of longer arcs. As a result, though the war between the Federation and the Klingons was concluded in the season one finale of the CBS All Access drama, the series had built up several character- and universe-based mysteries that still linger like spores in the air.”

Spoiler warning if you haven’t started watching the new Star Trek series.

9. ‘Agents of SHIELD’ Is More Popular Than Marvel Netflix Shows According to New Study | CB
“There is perhaps no show more undervalued or under-appreciated than Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD… or so we thought! According to a Parrot Analytics study, the very first MCU television show is more popular than any of the Marvel shows that are currently on Netflix.”

Get on it LGNers! Agents of SHIELD returns with Season 6 in 2019. Catch up in the mean time!

10. Star Trek: 25 Ridiculous Things About TNG That Make No Sense | CBR
“Why did James Doohan, the actor that played Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott, receive an honorary degree in Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering? During a survey of their students in 2000, about 50% of the students cited Scotty as the reason for them pursuing their degree. When Nichelle Nichols thought about leaving Star Trek, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke with the actress about the importance of staying on the show, sighting the need for positive portrayals of people of color on television. A young girl watching television saw Nichols on the bridge of the the Enterprise and was excited to see a black woman on tv that wasn’t a maid. That moment was instrumental in the girl’s life, and she would eventually grow up to become Whoopi Goldberg, who also contributed to the Star TrekUniverse by playing Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

*insert picard face palm meme*

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