The Stars of ‘Bel-Air’ on Black Excellence and Representing for the Culture

A cloudy evening over The Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena did nothing to hide the high spirits inside The Tap Room — the resort’s cocktail bar and lounge — where the cast of NBC/Peacock’s NAACP award-nominated series Bel-Air came both to cool down and celebrate, post red carpet, after a long day of photos and interviews just an hour earlier.

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Speaking with the Stars of Lifetime’s First All-Latino Holiday Film, ‘Merry Textmas’

Ariana Ron Pedrique and Rodrigo Massa star as Gaby Diaz and Alex Alvarado in Merry Textmas. The new holiday movie will premiere on Sunday, December 4 at 8/7c as part of Lifetime’s “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime.”

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Uncovering the Secrets of Yorubaland with the Creators of ‘Iyanu’

In 2023, the world will meet Iyanu! Based on the acclaimed Dark Horse graphic novel, Iyanu: Child of Wonder, HBO Max is teaming with Lion Forge Animation to bring the world its first Nigerian/Yoruban inspired animated fantasy epic series. And The Nerds of Color was able to get an exclusive look with creators, David Steward II and Saxton Moore.

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‘Willow’ Cast and Crew Talk about Continuing the Fantasy Mythology

It’s been almost 35 years since Willow hit the big screen. The fantasy adventure epic from Lucasfilm starred Warwick Davis as the titular dwarf with a heart of gold who goes on a perilous quest to save Tir Asleen from Bavmorda, the evil queen of Nockmoor. Together with Madmartigan (Val Kilmer) and Sorsha (Joanne Walley), they protect Elora Danan, an infant princess who is prophesied to bring about Bavmorda’s downfall. Praised for its special effects and pupperty, the film lives on as a cult classic, especially to those who may not be fans of Star Wars or Indiana Jones.

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Alex Livinalli on the Indigenous Story Within ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

Talocan is coming for the surface world! After decades of stories on the printed page, Namor, Namora, and powerful behemoth Attuma are finally making their grand cinematic debuts in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever this Friday! And we, at The Nerds of Color, were blessed to have gotten an opportunity to speak with the man behind Attuma, Alex Livinalli!

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Staying Sharp with Anna Akana and Yoshi Sudarso from ‘Blade of the 47 Ronin’

Blade of the 47 Ronin hits Netflix today! Back in 2013, the original film, 47 Ronin, debuted in theaters to unfortunate critical reception and low box office grosses. Nevertheless it was a moment in which Keanu Reeves really first acknowledged/embraced his Asian roots on film. In that grand tradition, it seemed fitting to reboot the franchise, but in the hands of Asian filmmakers, including director and expert stunt choreographer, Ron Yuan. He was able to recruit two amazing folks to the cast, renowned actress, comedian, and outspoken creator Anna Akana, and famed stuntman, actor, and all around Power Ranger, Yoshi Sudarso.

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Talking Rom-Coms with ‘Ticket to Paradise’ Star Lucas Bravo

The rom-com is back! It’s been a while since a proper romantic comedy has hit theaters, but today, the two most legendary names in the genre are back: Julia Roberts and George Clooney star in Ticket to Paradise! But as the two superstars will confirm, it takes more than just two stars to craft an iconic rom-com. Which is where co-star Lucas Bravo comes in!

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‘Creed III’ Director Michael B. Jordan Brings Positive Change to Representation in Film

Creed III is the third chapter of the titular film franchise and marks Michael B. Jordan‘s directorial debut. While the sequel won’t see Sylvester Stallone reprising his role as Rocky Balboa, it takes Adonis Creed (Jordan) in a new direction as he is forced to confront his past when Anderson Dame (Jonathan Majors), a former friend turned new boxing rival blames him for his previous incarnation and attempts to claim the title of world champion by humiliating him on the biggest stage.

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Sarah Shahi and Mo Amer on ‘Black Adam’ and Speaking Truth to (Super)Power

With Black Adam poised to be the DCEU’s latest foray onto the big screen, we recently got to sit down with stars Sarah Shahi and Mohammed “Mo” Amer to talk about their roles in the film, the importance of representation, and the ability of diverse stories to speak truth to power.

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Jenna Ortega on ‘Wednesday,’ Latina Representation, and More at NYCC

Jenna Ortega stars as Wednesday Addams in the new Netflix series, Wednesday, which is set to premiere on November 23. This year, at New York Comic Con, I had the privilege of speaking with the actress during a roundtable interview!

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‘Thai Cave Rescue’ Producers Wanted the Diaspora to Feel Connected

When Netflix’s Thai Cave Rescue was first announced, executive producer Jon M. Chu immediately tweeted that this project belonged to the people who lived it — the Thai people. He was determined to not let the series be whitewashed or center on white saviors.

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The Quality of Asian Representation in ‘Cobra Kai’ Season 5

WARNING: The following contains spoilers from Season 5 of Cobra Kai.

For five seasons, I’ve been saying the same thing: For a show – and franchise, for that matter – centered on a Japanese martial art, there aren’t a ton of Asian people on the Netflix series, Cobra Kai.

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Star Trek Day 2022: A Celebration of Family and Belonging

On Wednesday, September 8, 2022, the Star Trek fandom community and many of the stars and creators of that universe marked the 56th anniversary of The Original Series’ premiere with a teaser-filled celebration at Los Angeles’ Skirball Cultural Center, and The Nerds of Color were there on the star-crowded purple carpet and in the fan-filled theater to witness a gathering that was, underneath it all, about the power of found family and the magic of finding a place in which to belong.

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‘House of the Dragon’ Creatives Learned From ‘Game Of Thrones’ Mistakes

Game of Thrones has had its fair share of controversies — from the handling of sexual assault to the treatment of people of color, the creatives of HBO’s House of the Dragon says they’ve learned from the mistakes of the past.

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Lee Rodriguez and Ramona Young Talk ‘Never Have I Ever’ Season 3 and More

Lee Rodriguez and Ramona Young star in Never Have I Ever. Season 3 of the Netflix comedy is now streaming. The series has already been renewed for a fourth and final season, which is set to premiere in premiere in 2023.

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Hiroyuki Sanada Felt Respected in the Ending of ‘Bullet Train’

Bullet Train hit theaters this past weekend with a whopping $60 million at the global box office. The film, which stars Brad Pitt as Ladybug – an unlucky assassin who takes a job on the bullet train in Japan when there are other assassins at play – leading him to hilarious and action-packed situations. One of his unlikely allies turns out to be The Elder (played by Hiroyuki Sanada) and his foolish yet equally deadly son, Yuichi (Andrew Koji).

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The Killing of ‘Batgirl’ (and DC’s Dance with Diversity)

Let’s go way, way back to a time that maybe a lot of us don’t quite remember. It was a simpler time — before global pandemics, when a worldwide conflict was perhaps a bit less of a certainty — a bygone era known as “2017.”

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How ‘Thirteen Lives’ Represents the Humanity of Thailand and its People

When westerners think about Thailand, there are many thoughts that come to mind: the food, Muay Thai, or martial artist Tony Jaa. There are also many harmful stereotypes of the Thai people that Hollywood gets very wrong. Movies like The Beach or The Hangover II that showcase Thai people as dirty, thuggish gangsters and the country as an untrustworthy place. With Ron Howard’s Thirteen Lives, based on true events from the 2018 Thai Cave Rescue, Thais are finally being seen as they truly are – people who love their country and its people. 

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SDCC 2022: ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Explores the Consistency of Excellence

After Ryan Coogler and the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever brought the house down in Hall H, some of the film’s stars stopped by our spot on the press line and spoke to Ron from POC Culture about what the new film will mean to audiences, but especially to Black and Indigenous moviegoers.

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‘Prey’ Cast and Crew on Breaking Barriers in the ‘Predator’ Franchise

The Predator movies of the past have featured some soldiers of fortune being hunted by its titular alien race of hunters seeking to add to their trophy case. But in Prey, director Dan Trachtenberg takes a different approach to that dynamic by setting the film 300 years in the Comanche nation and follows Naru (Amber Midthunder), a fierce and highly skilled warrior who will do anything to protect her tribe, including hunting a highly evolved alien predator with a technically advanced arsenal. The result is a primal David and Goliath match unlike anything we’ve ever seen from the Predator franchise.

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