Ebony Aster

Operations Director and rogue snuffleupagus

Absolutely Badasses: Looking Back on Vasquez, 30 Years Later
My parents’ attitude toward selecting films to watch on family movie nights was pretty loose when I was young. They’d refined the criteria a bit more by the time my brother was able to sit up by himself and keep his eyes focused; but when I was little, the only real rule was no nudity below […]
FREQ #13: How to Make An Escape Room
Art by Rory Frances   Each month, FREQ will bring you the latest news and updates from Feminist Frequency, as well as interviews with some of the most inspiring women in media, activism, and beyond. This month, we’re talking to Laura Hall, an escape room designer whose fascinating, creative work will keep you guessing and push you […]
Advocacy Microtalks: Challenging the Industry in 20 Slides
  Another GDC has come and gone, but you still have an opportunity to listen in on the thought-provoking discussions happening in the games industry from some of its most socially-engaged leaders. The GDC Vault is a fantastic way to catch up on many of the great panels, talks, and presentations from past events. Anita delivered an […]
Building Alliances: An Interview with Kris Hayashi of the Transgender Law Center
Art by Bishakh Som Interview by Laura Hudson Kris Hayashi has spent the last thirteen years advocating for the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming people like himself, and as the executive director of the Transgender Law Center at the dawn of the Trump administration, he has his work cut out for him. Although the Transgender […]
Well, Too Bad We Can’t Stay
I saw Get Out among a predominantly white audience this weekend. The decision was spontaneous and swift — there was a showing near me (in the white-ass suburb in which I live) at the perfect time, so I went. If I had had more than 10 seconds to think about it and plan, I would have […]
FREQ #12: Sophie Campbell Wants More of Everything
Every month, the FREQ newsletter features great interviews with some of the most inspiring women in media, as well as exciting FemFreq news. Our latest issue features an interview with the phenomenally talented Sophie Campbell.  Sign up now to have FREQ delivered right to your inbox!   While mainstream comic books have often been criticized for their […]
The Final Girl
There’s a line of dialogue about halfway through Split,  M. Night Shyamalan’s latest blockbuster, that masterfully illustrates precisely how this film careens smugly off the rails. Dr. Karen Fletcher (Betty Buckley), sympathetic psychiatrist to the movie’s hero (more on this later), sits across from her patient and asks him which of the personae inhabiting his body currently “has […]
If There Is No Struggle, There Is No Progress
art by Mickalene Thomas   Spend this Black History Month remembering the activists upon whose work we build, and upon whose shoulders we stand. Connect with writers, thinkers, artists, and creators you may never have heard of; or dig deeper into the work of old favorites. Celebrate #blackgirlmagic. Applaud #blackboyjoy. Tune into the diaspora and witness that […]
Feminist Frequency at CES with Engadget
Engadget brought Anita and Carolyn out to Las Vegas last weekend for the 2016 Consumer Electronics Showcase (CES) to share their thoughts about video games from the stage — and while she was at the showcase, Caro got to play the NES Mini! Check out some highlights from the event, including Anita’s interview about current state of the […]
FemFreq Fave Five: Ebony’s Picks for 2016
Composing year-end lists appeals to my desire for useless organization and my tendency toward capricious judgment.  Nevertheless, I started this project with a smug certainty that I had enjoyed absolutely nothing this year and I was going to retreat to the FemFreq bunker with my graham crackers and colored pencils. I still might. But until I do, and in the spirit […]