|Angela Bassett, aged 57|
Mind you, he was just being hypothetical...but it was still enough for the Trekkies among us to lose our goddamn minds.
But then, Fuller's dream came true and the next thing we knew (February, 2016 to be exact), CBS named him showrunner of an as-yet unnamed Star Trek show set to debut in 2017. And I, having been known in my time as the Queen of All Things Trek, should have been ecstatic.
But I wasn't.
For one, I highly doubt we will actually get our Captain Bassett and Commander Rosario. But let's just say we did...do y'all remember why this is called the Black Girls Club?
Back in 2011 I chronicled the fuckery surrounding the casting and writing of Black female characters in shows from 2009-2011. The comments section went on to add on characters I'd missed. And that's when I realized that there was no point in getting excited for Star Trek in 2017. When it comes to writing for Black women, pretty much everyone who is not a Black woman hasn't the first fucking clue what they're doing.
Or...they know what they should do, and whom to hire to to do it, but they really just don't want to.
|Rosario Dawson, aged 36|
So casting Black is not enough, and anyone who thinks so needs to tell that to Abbie and Jenny Mills, Stephanie Edwards, Bonnie Bennett, Michaela Pratt, and even Olivia friggin' Pope. And if/when Phillipus and Nubia show up in the Wonder Woman movies, you can tell that to them too.
And it's such a shame. Bassett and Dawson would've been flawless.