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INTERVIEW: Medea Kalantar, Author of Honeycake: A Family of Spices

Medea Kalantar is the author of Honeycake: A Family of Spices, the first installment of her brand-new children’s book series which is currently available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Medea infuses valuable lessons on love and acceptance into her writing, celebrating diversity within families. Find out more below!

Thank you so much for answering our questions, Medea! Your children’s book, Honeycake: A Family of Spices, looks adorable! What is it about and what inspired you to create this book?

Firstly, I would like to say thank you for featuring me on Defective Geeks. I’m so honored and grateful to be given this platform to discuss the importance and the valuable lessons my books will give families around the world. I was inspired to write these books when I learnt that I was about to become a grandmother. My stories are all based on my own family, whose members come from diverse ethnic backgrounds. This unique mix is a perfect recipe, and it’s the reason why I call my grandchildren my little Honeycakes.

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INTERVIEW: Jade Hassouné On Fandom and the Final Season of Shadowhunters

Defective Geeks is feeling particularly lucky with this interview, featuring actor, Jade Hassouné, who stars in Shadowhunters as Meliorn an extremely handsome and alluring fairy (aka Seelie). Jade himself is as alluring in real life– get to know him more below and find out about fandom, acting and his journey into his music,

Hi Jade, thank you for doing this interview! First of, what has it been like being a part of a show as big as Shadowhunters? What has been the best part about it? 

Hello! Thank you for featuring me! 

Well it has been a dream come true, that’s for sure. And the two best parts has been the life-long friends I’ve made on the show, with who I get to travel the world now to meet (the other best part): the fans. The fandom is something extremely special, it is rare that a TV show gets such a huge following and we are all very fortunate to have this ocean of love constantly ready to support our every move. 

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INTERVIEW: Olunike Adeliyi Stars in BOOST and Talks About Inspiration and Motherhood

Olunike Adeliyi is a rising star, nominated for her role in BOOST for Best Supporting Actress by the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards. Her strong presence can also been seen in Darken where she plays a warrior, and the upcoming feature, Chaos Walking alongside Tom Holland (Spider-man: Homecoming) and Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Get to know the talented actress in our interview below!

Tell us about your upcoming feature film, BOOST. What can you tell us about your character, Amina Nour?

Amina is a hard working woman, caring for her two sons, and trying to keep her family together and out of harms way. She reminds me of my mother, an immigrant to Canada trying to make a better life for herself. Amina found she had to work ten times harder than most people who are originally from Canada, to prove she deserves to be a part of the Canadian fabric.

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Why Ned Leeds from Spider-man: Homecoming Has Blessed Us

There is a lot to celebrate when it comes to the latest Spider-Man “reboot”—besides the movie actually being really, really, really amazing. The best Spider-Man movie yet in my humble opinion. I am totally biased though, Spider-Man is my favorite Marvel hero. Although, I admit, Spider-Man 2 with Tobey McGuire still holds a special place in my heart. Alfred Molina as Doc Ock. Can’t deny, fam.

Still, Spider-Man: Homecoming did an amazing job casting a diverse group of actors and since I am Filipino, I had to talk about the outstanding performance by Jacob Batalon as Need Leeds.

Seriously… Batalon is a gift.

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Ep. 281 Post-Apocalyptic White People

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The Lady Geeks are delighted that Mad Max: Fury Road was bestowed many awards by the Academy this year but it doesn’t excuse the show from… many things. Listen in for amazing Spider News tears from Fortune Cookie. Fanfic Theatre: Rugrats.

 

E3 – It Was Never Just For the Boys

“The Kickass Female Characters of E3” – IGN

With the biggest expo in gaming concluding over the weekend, fans are still reeling over the announcements of the return of some of their favorite titles and new titles. I definitely had a fan girl moment when the remake of Final Fantasy VII was announced and the gameplay of Kingdom Hearts III was revealed. It was also great to see the pure joy and happiness in my husband’s eyes when he realized that The Last Guardian was finally happening.

Aside from the flashback to our teenage gaming years, what I was most looking forward to were the appearance of playable female characters. As reported by The Mary Sue, twenty-three, yes 23, games announced at E3 2015 feature female lead characters, as well as being ethnically diverse. Why yes, I most definitely want to play as Michonne. Givemenowthankyouplease. This is a great step towards better representations of diversity in the gaming world. Television, primetime shows, being the first form of media to move forward in trying to create better representations.

I will agree that the road still remains difficult, but step-by-step, we can see that one media industry has taking cue and is making effort towards inclusion. I believe that in order to begin to reconstruct views regarding gender, race, ethnicity, and so on, the representations in the media must change to reflect our society in an accurate manner and show its diversity.

Inclusion also means behind the scenes. It was noted that this years E3 had a big female attendance, proving once again that gaming is not just for the boys. Not to forget to mention the ever-growing number of women within the industry creating and producing titles. In the past, E3 had a reputation of not being the greatest place for women, but this year, more women were included onstage to present games. And guess what? We also saw less over sexualization of female characters. Instead, the focus was on how kick-ass these women are. Respect. Although, I can’t officially report to you about the expo show floor itself, as in the case of “booth babes.”

Again, there’s no question that diverse representation in the media still has a long way to go. It is important that we keep talking about these issues so that the people at the top – those who ultimately control the content in media – will feel the pressure and finally allow media to reflect its actual audience.

Finally, I ask, why should the lady geek community care? Do we care about how we are represented in games? How do we feel about how ethnicity is represented in games? Does it matter or affect your gaming experience if diversity is included and that there are accurate representations? This is the time to speak and to keep the discussion moving forward towards social change and justice.

Check out this great compilation made by Polygon: The Badass Women of E3 2015