I can’t accept that. I can’t accept that there was only one black woman in the entire film, who delivered one line and who we never saw again. I can’t accept that the bad guys were Asian and that although in China, Lucy’s roommate says, “I mean, who speaks Chinese? I don’t speak Chinese!” I can’t accept that in Hercules, which I also saw this weekend, there were no people of color except for Dwayne Johnson himself and his mixed-race wife, whose skin was almost alabaster. I can’t accept that she got maybe two lines and was then murdered. I can’t accept that the “primitive tribe” in Hercules consisted of dark-haired men painted heavily, blackish green, to give their skin (head-to-toe) a darker appearance, so the audience could easily differentiate between good and bad guys by the white vs. dark skin. I can’t accept that during the previews, Exodus: Gods and Kings, a story about Moses leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt, where not a single person of color is represented, casts Sigourney Weaver and Joel Edgerton to play Egyptians. I can’t accept that in the preview for Kingsman: The Secret Service, which takes place in London, features a cast of white boys and not a single person of Indian descent, which make up the largest non-white ethnic group in London. I can’t accept that in stories about the end of the world and the apocalypse, that somehow only white people survive. I can’t accept that while my daily life is filled with black and brown women, they are completely absent, erased, when I look at a TV or movie screen.

Good evening, Nissi! I'm sure you've touched upon this multiple times before, but I haven't actually seen it myself. My question/statement thing is regarding your faith (if I'm remembering correctly, you're Catholic?) and veganism. I'm not baptized, but I essentially call myself Catholic, I'm also black, and I've been looking for more and more reasons to go vegan or vegetarian. Basically, I'm wondering how big of a role your faith played in your decision to be vegan, and what other factors


contributed to your decision, if there were any. Were there any scripture passages that directly caused you to become vegan? Or maybe just your overall moral values? And of course, if you’ve already answered this and I’ve overlooked it, instead of making you answer again I’d be happy to just read what you’ve already written! Thanks in advance. <3

i’m not Catholic, i’m Christian

veganism has helped me to treat my body like the temple it is. and having a lighter spirit has allowed me to enjoy life with a clarity that ultimately has helped me feel closer to God. which sounds weird: what does how you eat have to do with God? well, eating better interms of eating all organic (which you can do whether vegan or not) has gotten me out of the chemical fog induced by chemicals in food. i feel more alert and energetic and more intune with my body, and as a result my spirit.