WWW (Well-Written Women)

Every year, we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8. The theme for this year is Press for Progress, and there’s a lot of room for progress when it comes to women everywhere. If I named every single way that we could have progress for women, we’d be here all day, so I’ll just focus on one: representation in the media, specifically for women of color and LGBTQ+ women.

In recent years, there’s been more diversity in television and movies, but with that said, we could still do a lot better. The success of movies like Get Out and Black Panther should be viewed as signs that we want to view media that actually reflects what the world looks like.

With that said, I’d like to share with you a few of my favorite “strong female leads“, so to speak.

  1. Jane Villanueva (portrayed by Gina Rodriguez), the protagonist of Jane the Virgin. Jane has been through so much in the few years that the show has been on the air, starting with being accidentally artificially inseminated. She has dreams of becoming a writer, but she never let anything that life threw at her get in the way of that dream. Not only is Jane positive and intelligent, she is like the human embodiment of the quote, “It’s always darkest before the dawn.”
  2. Tiana (voiced by Anika Noni Rose), Disney’s first African American princess and main character of The Princess and the Frog. Tiana is intelligent and hard-working. She dreams of opening her own restaurant, but she doesn’t just sit around singing about it. Yes, Tiana does sing about her dreams, but that’s accompanied by her working hard to achieve those dreams. I think one of the most unique things about her is that she didn’t need Naveen, her prince, to reach her goals. She doesn’t need a savior, and that’s something that needs to be replicated in more Disney princesses
  3. Stella Yamada (portrayed by Hayley Kiyoko), one of the main characters of Lemonade Mouth. In a lot of ways, Stella is the driving force behind Lemonade Mouth. She’s the one who brings the band back together whenever they fight, and she’s the one who convinced them to go ahead with starting the band in the first place. She is extremely outspoken about what she believes in (and she’s even more so in the book), and does not hesitate to stand up for herself or for her friends. She’s determined to the point of being stubborn, but even so, Stella is strong.
  4. Starr Carter (to be portrayed by Amandla Stenberg), the main character of The Hate U Give. Technically, this movie hasn’t been released, but I’ve read the book several times, and there was no way I couldn’t include her. Starr sees her best friend, Khalil Harris, get shot by police during her junior year of high school. She struggles with how to use her voice in the beginning, but by the end of the novel, she finds out how to speak up for Khalil–and for herself.
  5. Adena El-Amin (portrayed by Nikohl Boosheri), a recurring character on The Bold Type. Adena is unlike any character I’ve seen on TV before. An openly lesbian, Muslim photographer, she is poised, assertive, and skilled at what she does.  She first stood out to me when she explained to one of the protagonists why she chooses to wear a hijab: Adena explained that she feels that wearing the hijab frees her from the Western expectations of what women should look like. Adena was only a recurring character in season one of The Bold Type, and I can’t wait to see what she does in the upcoming season.

There’s so many more amazing female fictional characters out there, including Callie Torres, April Kepner, Emily Fields, Olivia Benson, Isabelle Lightwood. Honestly, we’d be here all day if I went through and named all of them. And for every great fictional character, there’s a great actor behind them: of the actors on this list, Gina Rodriguez and Amandla Stenberg are two of my personal favorites.

Who are your favorite female fictional characters? Let me know in the comments!


Grace’s Got Talent

Grace VanderWaal. Surely you’ve heard of her, and if you haven’t, excuse me? What rock are you living under?

When I watched her audition for America’s Got Talent, I cried a little bit. Her performance was amazing, and she has this really amazing energy that was awe-inspiring to watch.  Listening to Perfectly Imperfect, I felt like crying again. It’s just so me! It’s everyone, really. We can all find a bit of ourselves in Grace’s music, and I think that’s what’s going to make her a force to be reckoned with in the music scene. Howie called her the next Taylor Swift, but I think she’s going to take Taylor’s throne.

I love her music and lyrics, and I think she’s just so talented. I think that we can all find a little bit of ourselves in Grace’s music. I know that for me, I find “Gossip Girl” and “Clay” to be the most relatable for me. And I think everyone can relate to “I Don’t Know My Name.”

For a little girl, I can say with confidence that she has a huge future in front of her.

Except, Grace isn’t so little anymore because she’s turning thirteen today! Yay!

She has a bright future in front of her, and I can’t wait to see what she does next. Grace, you have a happy birthday and you rock being thirteen!


I am sure that you have heard this song at least once in your lifetime. And I’m sure that you know who sings this song–Zendaya!

I have loved her since Shake It Up premiered, back in third grade. I think Zendaya has a wonderful voice, and she’s a great actress. Not to mention her fabulous dance skills are enough to make me a wallflower for life. (She was robbed on Dancing with the Stars, don’t you think?)

And today is her birthday! Happy birthday, Zendaya!

Yelp is Giving Away Coupons Whenever Donald Trump Says ‘Mexico’ During the Debate

I see some coupons in my future…


No matter who dominates tonight’s Republican presidential debate, anyone who loves delivery can consider themselves a winner if Donald Trump says “Mexico.”

Eat24, a food delivery service owned by Yelp, is giving away $5-off coupon codes on Twitter every time the Donald utters the country’s name during tonight’s debate.

“We’re not very political, but after reading a few articles on TMZ, we learned that Donald Trump (#HolaDonald) really likes to talk about Mexico. That’s why Eat24 is giving away one free taco every time Trump says the word “Mexico” during the debate,” the company said in a blog post.

The company is billing the giveaway as a free taco offer, but after reading the fine print one will discover the coupon codes can be used to discount any $10 or more delivery…

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This Time, I’m Prepared

Sadly, last month I missed the opportunity to blog about NPH’s birthday. (Or at least the opportunity to blog about it on time.) But this time I am on time–today is Liz Gillies’  birthday, and I would like to wish her a happy birthday!

You may recognize Liz from Victorious, but did you know she starred in the Lifetime movie Killing Daddy last year? Killing Daddy is my favorite Lifetime movie ever, and it’s because of Liz’s amazing acting.

Not only is she a great actress, but she also has a wonderful voice. My favorite song from Victorious is “You Don’t Know Me,” a song Liz sang on the show.

In closing, I’d like to wish Liz a happy birthday again! And if you see the movie Vacation, be sure to keep an eye out for Liz!

Liam Hemsworth Teases ‘Kiss’ With Josh Hutcherson In Final ‘Hunger Games’ Movie

I have no words. (Except this needs to happen!)

Hollywood Life

Talk about a bromance! Liam Hemsworth left fans reeling when he suggested he shares a steamy kiss with Josh Hutcherson in ‘The Hunger Games.’ Say what?

Liam Hemsworth, 25, has a new on-screen love interest in the final install of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. While promoting the film during San Diego Comic-Con, the actor shared that he has an unlikely suitor in the film: Josh Hutcherson, 22. There’s just one question: real or not real?

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Tut‘s Avan Jogia Talks Twisted Cliffhanger, Shares Pitch for Season 2

I love this!


Until Avan Jogia is reintroduced to television viewers as the titular pharaoh in SpikeTV’s Tut (July 19, 9/8c), he’s still Twisted‘s Danny Desai in our hearts.

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