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Showtime’s ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’ Represents For Black Women In STEM Both On And Off-Screen

When looking at the lack of Black characters in science fiction, the saying, art imitates life, brings forth a new meaning. Whether turning on the TV or tapping into the real world, a shared truth that connects the two is that there is a lack of Black representation both onscreen and off-screen in STEM. However, Showtime’s “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” demonstrates the importance of showcasing how the Black community excels in science on all fronts. The new sci-fi show follows Faraday (Chiwetel Ejiofor), an alien on a mission to save the planet, who is in need of the help of Justin (Naomie Harris), a single mother that had to hold off on her career as a scientist to take care of her family. Based on Walter Tevis’ eponymous novel and following after the beloved 1976 film that starred David Bowie, “The Man Who Fell to Earth” was created by Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman.

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 25, 2022

Showtime, BET Join Forces to Cater More Content to Black Audiences

Showtime and BET are joining forces to bring viewers their favorite programming to one place. As a result of ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish’s outlined plan announced back in February, the two networks are merging to launch a co-branded channel to pool their content, Deadline reports . The new multiplex channel — SHOXBET — will feature a mix of series, films and documentaries as a means to appeal to larger Black audiences. The two networks joined the ViacomCBS merger last December, and are now coming together to achieve a common mission for Black viewers. “This channel is really a reflection of taking those complementary elements to the next logical conclusion,” said BET Networks president Scott Mills to Variety . “And that is, both platforms really understand premium programming to African American viewers and people who value content that is anchored in African American narratives and African American stories.” As leading consumers of both networks — with a higher adoption rate than the...

Njera Perkins

Jul 17, 2020

Warner Bros. Names Johanna Fuentes as Head of Global Communications

As more women of color step into leadership roles in the entertainment world, this media veteran finds herself climbing the ladder at another major company. Showtime’s head of communications, Johanna Fuentes is making a transition to Warner Bros. as their head of global communications. “It’s a transformative moment in our industry, and I couldn’t be prouder to join a legacy and storied company like Warner Bros.,” said Fuentes on her new role. “I believe in Ann’s vision for the future of the company and am excited to work with some of the top communications professionals and storytellers in our field as we map the strategy for the continued expansion of our iconic brands, films, games and television series.” Fuentes has led a rewarding career in entertainment since beginning her career at CBS corporation in 2001, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As a former director of entertainment communications, she worked on programs including “Survivor” and “Everybody Hates Chris.” Fuentes...

Njera Perkins

Apr 14, 2020