This summer I have had the pleasure of watching as women are rising to ascendency in media all over the place, and I am loving it! From the spanking that the Ghostbusters reboot gave all the internet trolls and misogynistic haters last month to the nomination of Hillary Clinton by the Democratic party to hopefully become our next President, sisters are doing it.
Don’t get it twisted. My name is Cass and I am a proud African American man. It’s not short for Cassandra, like my beautiful brainy sister who I am happy to be helping celebrate her birthday this weekend and all next week!
It’s not short for Cassius, either, like Cassius Clay, the Olympic boxing champion who went on to shake up the world as Muhammad Ali. Speaking of Olympic boxing champions and women doing their thing, be sure to watch the PBS special T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold on Independent Lens, about Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, who won the first Olympic gold medal awarded a woman boxer as a 17-year-old at the 2012 London Games. The program premieres at 9 pm Tuesday, Aug. 2 on NPT-HD (channel 8.1), with multiple repeats, for folks without DVRs, as follows: 08/03/16, 12:00 am NPT2 (channel 8.2); 08/03/16, 2:00 am NPT-HD; 08/04/16, 9:00 am NPT2; 08/05/16, 2:00 pm NPT2; and 08/07/16, 2:00 am NPT-HD.
Bad Moms is the funniest movie I have seen in forever! The film takes the kind of lewd comedy usually seen in such fare as “The Hangover” and places all these amazing funny women front and center in the story. It’s so empowering to watch the way the characters portrayed by Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Christina Applegate respond to events around their respective spouses and take control, along with Kathryn Hahn and Jada Pinkett Smith. It earned its R rating; do NOT take the kids, or you are truly bad moms!
Nerve is another film where a female character rises up and takes control of her life in a powerful way. A few years ago at Dragon Con, I once told Eric Roberts how proud he should be of his daughter, Emma Roberts, That girl is so amazing as the lead in the movie. I know he has got to be bursting with pride this summer, ’cause she ruled this role, ya’ll!
I can’t wait to see Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, the organizer of the Suicide Squad, in theatres next Friday, August 5. Along with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Cara Delevigne’s Enchantress, this will definitely be an enchanting film and may save DC’s summer of cinema after the crapfest that was Batman v Superman, whose saving grace was the introduction of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, coming next summer.
On television, the number one show in the world is Game of Thrones. In past seasons it had been criticized for the way the female characters have been treated poorly by the male characters, including rape (Daenerys and Sansa) and humiliation (Cercei), in the midst of many intricate and far-ranging plot lines. This season ended with these three characters, along with my girls in Dorne and the Iron Islands, in the most powerful positions in the fantasy world of Westeros. Additionally, Arya and Brienne had good end points to the season. What a turnaround and what an awesome display of ‘girl power’!
Those many of you who watch (including President Obama) know exactly what i mean; those of you who don’t, this is what binge-watching was made for. Get caught up before The Con of Thrones, the international Game of Thrones convention, June 30 – July 2, 2017 at the Opryland Hotel.