The Black Girls Night Out series will continue, but I need help from the Gate. I need my co-writers and readers to scribble about what they're watching as well because there's some stuff I'm probably just going to have to wait for on DVD and Netflix streaming.
In short, I need help from the Gate.
So call over your girlfriends, set up a chat with your faraway ones (Amaya and I used to do this), and keep a notepad nearby while you watch shows featuring Black women this fall.
Because when the shows return, you know it's going to be on.
From commenter Lori Smith:
Hi Ankhesen, I just wrote in your blog earlier today about Scandal and Person of Interest returning with new episodes this Thursday. Lo and behold, I came across a "Person of Interest" livejournal post from a few days ago in which a majority of the female posters wrote about their dislike for Carter. Her "rudeness" was emphasized, and her inappropriate "sexiness" also was mentioned. Here are some of the recent comments made by Carter's detractors: "As I've gone back and re-watched Season 1, I'm facinated by the dichotomy in the cops of Carter's precinct. All the plain clothes male detectives have on suits and ties and are very professional looking (even our Lionel). Carter walks around in blouses that have very plunging necklines, oft-times heels and in at least one episode a black leather vest & pants ('Ghosts' when she's investigating the girl's uncle's murder). I know that the way the characters are presented are from the point of view of the show's creators and the writers have to work within their guidelines but it would be so refreshing to have a self-reliant, intelligent positive female character lead in a film or television program that did not indirectly or otherwise trade on their sexuality." "One of the things that bothers me about Carter. She is a smart, professional woman with great ethics – but her curiosity is so dull and doesn’t seem very capable of thinking outside the box." "For me she is not someone I want to meet or watch. I tend to fast forward or tune out her scenes. I find rudeness appalling. I find her uninteresting." Reading these posts caused me to shake my head and to think about the NUMEROUS other black female characters on TV who are hated in fandom. I know that Carter had her detractors during the early episodes, but I thought that ended when she became a part of the vigilante team. Nope. Naive me. The hatred of black female characters continues. You can view the recent anti-Carter posts here: http://pofinterest-fic.livejournal.com/317627.html Yes, most of the posters are white females who ship Reese and Finch.*sigh* Business as usual on the 'sphere.