Fatima Williams

By Matiara Huff



Fatima Williams is a name that not many people know, but her choreography is impossible to miss. This isn’t even an exaggeration, she has choreographed so many famous music videos it is unbelievable, including Happy by Pharrell Williams, Boom Boom Pow by Black Eyed Peas, Remember the Time by Michael Jackson, One In A Million and Rock the boat by Aaliyah. She also choreographed commercials for Pepsi, Old Navy, Gap, and H&M. As well as working on countless T.V. shows and movies including Dreamgirls, the Superbowl 45 halftime show, Miss Congeniality, Cheetah Girls, Norbit, and the 2005 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and most recently The Wiz Live!

Are the Bond Girls more than Sexual Fluff?

By Thea VoutiristsasMonica Belluci

The notoriously sexist James Bond franchise will be premiering its newest installment, Spectre, in less than two weeks. Normally, I wouldn’t care much for the gun-toting, martini-drinking, 007, but this year something is different. The latest Bond girl, Monica Bellucci, will be the oldest leading lady of the series to date. At 51, the Italian actress and fashion model is a whopping four years older than her costar, Daniel Craig. Sure, she plays a widow (because how could a woman ever reach 51 without having been married?), but at least her character will be a breath of fresh air compared to Craig’s leading ladies of the past. In Skyfall (2012), Casino Royale (2006), and Quantum of Solace (2008) his female cast-mates were an average of 10 years younger than he is.

Alongside the closing age gap, the bond films have portrayed women as the sexual predators, Bond being their prey. He is, more often than not, the one submitting to the desires of the women. Not only are the Bond women some of the first to openly like sex just as much as their men counterparts do, but they have talents outside of the bedroom. The ladies are even shown flying planes, diffusing bombs, and speaking an upwards of 10 languages. They also participate in sparkling, witty banter with Bond, making their intellect just as sexy as their outfits. Not to mention, the franchise sexualizes Bond almost as much as his costars, dressing him in teeny shorts as he emerges from the ocean, or in just a towel post-shower. How could we blame the Bond girls for falling for him after that? Surprisingly, I’m looking forward to the premier of Spectre. Maybe I will be converted to a 007 fan after all.

Zendaya Barbie Doll

By Matiara Huff

Barbie's official twitter page tweeted this sketch with the caption, "So excited to honor @Zendaya with a one-of-a-kind doll as she encourages girls to Raise Their Voices and to #BeSuper!," Sept. 18, 2015.

Barbie’s official twitter page tweeted this sketch with the caption, “So excited to honor @Zendaya with a one-of-a-kind doll as she encourages girls to Raise Their Voices and to #BeSuper!,” Sept. 18, 2015.

It’s true! Barbie is coming out with a Zendaya doll that will be modeled after Zendaya’s 2015 Oscars outfit. This was consider Zendaya’s most controversial outfit because of her faux locs. If you don’t know, many online news outlets called Zendaya’s hair “ghetto,” and said it probably smelled like weed or patchouli oil. Zendaya’s response was very empowering for people of color, and rose interesting questions about cultural appropriation. She turn a bad experience with the press into a learning experience for everyone.

It is no secret that representation in the media affects people of all ages, and the lack there of for Black people has a huge effect on the confidence of the growing generations. Due to this, the Barbie team said “Thank you for raising your voice!” and announced the upcoming doll. This doll is a big win!

What if Women’s Roles were Played by Men?


By: Maritza Gordillo

I came across this article on Buzzfeed.com and it caught my attention as it described something we’re not used to seeing: reversed gender roles. As you see the video it seems pretty funny and absurd to switch the women’s roles to men’s, but why? Could it be that we are so used to seeing women objectified on the big screen and internalize it? The answer is yes. Society has created tools tailored to view women as sex symbols or objects. Just think that if men look ridiculous playing these roles, why shouldn’t women look ridiculous too?

Join the Women’s Center for a screening of Miss Representation

By Carolina Costa

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiD9SbeaDEs&feature=fvst[/youtube] Miss Representation is a 2011 award winning documentary written and directed by women’s advocate, Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Miss Representation challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls; as well as the collective messages that young women and men overwhelmingly receive pointing that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. Newsom has also launched MissRepresentation.org, a call-to-action campaign that gives women and girls the tools to realize their full potential.

The Women’s Center is pleased to invite everyone in the UMKC community and Kansas City area to a screening of Miss Representation on Tuesday, February 28th. The event will take place at the UMKC Student Union Theatre and we will kick-off the evening off with a reception at 5:30pm, followed by the screening at 6:00pm. Join us after the film for a facilitated discussion concerning the documentary. Drinks and snacks will be provided and this event is FREE and open to the public! All you have to do is pre-register online at www.umkcmissrepresentation.eventbrite.com and bring your tickets to the event; space is limited so do not wait to register!

It is also a great opportunity to discuss matters such as media consumption, women’s leadership, sexualization, self-esteem and abuse in an informed and plural environment that will help you develop your thought in many issues. Don’t hesitate to engage in the discussion and share your experiences and impressions of the film. And please, join us for the opportunity to make a difference in your community by taking action in the Miss Representation Campaign.

 For more information about the event contact the Women’s Center at 816.235.1638 or umkc-womens-center@umkc.edu or visit http://www.missrepresentation.org/

 A special thanks to all of our sponsors for this event: UMKC Counseling Center, K-Roo Student Media, UMKC Friends of the Library, Veronica’s Voice, Girl Scouts of NE Kansas NW Missouri, UMKC Career Services, The Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and Win for KC