DreamWorks Animation Studios has announced the addition of a black female heroine (gasp!) to its repertoire of white dogs, green ogres, snails, Neanderthals, pandas, white people and Antz. In doing so, it joins an elite club consisting of … well, nobody.
Not one major Hollywood studio has released a 3D animated feature starring a black character.
SHES VOICED BY RIHANNA
GUYS THIS IS BASED ON ‘THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY’ BY ADAM REX AND I AM READING IT RIGHT NOW AND IT IS ACTUALLY REALLY AMAZING AND MY ONLY COMPLAINT IS SHE DOESN’T HAVE HER SWEET-ASS AFRO PUFFS SHE HAS IN THE ILLUSTRATIONS.
The character is Gratuity Tucci and when her planet is taken over by aliens (who also take her mom) who declare it theirs because they discovered it, she sets off on a road trip (she taught herself to drive, ‘crazygood, as good as nascar’ she says) to the human relocation area of Florida where she meets up with a Boov (one of the aliens) named J-Lo who decides to stick with her. She isn’t pleased.
I’m not done yet but oh my god, it’s really great. She also has a cat named Pig. Who joins her on the road trip. As one does.OH MY GOD THEY’RE DOING SMEKDAY THIS COULD BE SO AWESOME OH MY GOD PLEASE DON’T EFF IT UP DREAMWORKS!!!
Close-ups of butterfly wing scales! You should definitely click on these images to get the full detail.
I’ve paired each amazing close-up (by macro photographer Linden Gledhill) with an image of the corresponding butterfly or moth. The featured lepidoptera* are (in order of appearance):
- Madagascar diadem Hypolimnas dexithea (photo by Michel-Georges Bernard)
- Comet moth Argema mittrei (photo by Axel Strauß)
- Sunset moth Chrysiridia rhipheus (photo from Wikimedia Commons)
- Giant Blue Morpho Morpho didius (photo by Didier Descouens, Muséum de Toulouse)
- Rippon’s Birdwing Troides hypolitus (photo by Robert Nash, Ulster Museum)
*Lepidoptera (the scientific order that includes moths and butterflies) means “scaly wing.” The scales get their color not from pigment - but from microscopic structures that manipulate light.
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The Cherokee Nation increased its 2014 operating budget, adding $9.7 million from carryover funds from fiscal year 2013. The additional funding will help more Cherokee citizens with housing and job training.