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Share your voice Originally published Nov. 15, 2018. Update, Aug. 6: Adds new ABC information. Marvel Target ABC Tessa Thompson played a Valkyrie warrior in the 2017 movie Thor: Ragnarok. Marvel With a new live-action series focused on Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) called WandaVision headed to the new Disney Plus streaming service. And now it looks like ABC might be eyeing a Marvel female superhero series for its own network.”I have spoken to Marvel and we are in active talks about one project in particular,” ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke told Deadline on Monday. Burke said the character would be “something brand new, mostly” to align with ABC’s strategy of focusing on female superheroes.While we’re excited that both ABC and Disney Plus are exploring more Marvel characters for upcoming shows, we have our own list of female superheroes we think deserve their own TV series.Enlarge ImageShe-Hulk in the Marvel comics. Marvel 1. She-Hulk When lawyer Jennifer Walters gets an emergency blood transfusion from her cousin Dr. Bruce Banner, she ends up getting a milder case of his Hulk condition. Unlike Hulk, Walters can keep her emotions in check when she transforms into She-Hulk. The lawyer-by-day, vigilante-by-night angle worked well for the Marvel character Daredevil in the hit Netflix series, so why not She-Hulk? Perhaps ABC or Disney Plus can relaunch She-Hulk as a Law & Order-type drama, or maybe even an Ally McBeal comedy. In the comics, She-Hulk was also a member of the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the Defenders and S.H.I.E.L.D., so the crossover potential is endless. 2. Black WidowNatalia “Natasha” Romanova/Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson in the MCU) was a Russian spy and adversary to Iron Man. She ultimately defected to the US and joined S.H.I.E.L.D. Later, she became an important member of the Avengers. Black Widow is already getting her own prequel movie where we see how she transformed from spy to superhero, but what about a series with Black Widow as a teenager? High school Natasha Romanova could be like Riverdale with a lot more fighting.Enlarge ImageThe fictional nation of Wakanda in “Black Panther” was guarded by the Dora Milaje, which took inspiration from a real group. Marvel Films 3. The Dora MilajeThe warrior women of Wakanda from Black Panther are fierce and fabulous, so why not give them their own women-centric spin-off series? Black Panther director Ryan Coogler recently commented that he’d be interested in making a spin-off movie about them. Even the real-world 19th-century Dahomey Warriors — the all-female military regiment who inspired the Dora Milaje — are getting a TV series. It would be interesting to see how the Dora Milaje came to be, before Wakanda was revealed to the outside world. 4. X-23Laura Kinney AKA X-23 was created to be the ideal killing machine thanks to Wolverine’s stolen DNA. In the Marvel comics, Laura’s mother Dr. Sarah Kinney was hired by a top-secret program to recreate the Weapon X experiment that originally turned Logan into Wolverine. Laura — named X-23 — was a clone created from these experiments and trained to kill. But she eventually escaped and eventually found Charles Xavier and joined the Avengers Academy. Imagine what she could do with her own TV series?Enlarge ImageZoe Saldana as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel 5. Gamora Then there’s the female space assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana) in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Her character’s complex history would make for an ideal ABC series, particularly if the show focused on why she’s the last of her species (Zen-Whoberis) after everyone was exterminated by the Badoon. Overcoming her tragic past to later rise up as one of the deadliest assassins in the universe is inspiring to say the least. 6. Danielle Moonstar It’s about time fans were introduced to one of the first female Native American characters in a series all her own. Danielle Moonstar is a mutant raised as part of the Cheyenne Nation. Under the guidance of X-Men’s Professor Xavier, she learned to hone her ability to create images of people’s greatest fears. This series could either focus on her life with other teen mutants at the school, or the superhero she became later as an adult.7. A-Force The Avengers might have felt like the superhero all-stars in their heyday, but the all-female A-Force is even cooler. This lineup consists of Captain Marvel, Dazzler, Medusa, She-Hulk, Singularity, Nico Minoru and a female Thor who band together to fight evil. That alone sounds like the best series ever. Enlarge ImageSpider-Gwen in action. Marvel Animation 8. Spider-Gwen Peter Parker’s flame Gwen Stacy is living her own web-slinging adventures as Spider-Gwen in an alternate universe. It would be refreshing to have a Spider-Man series with a female lead for a change. Plus considering how much fans were excited to spot her as an Easter egg in Avengers: Endgame, now might be the perfect time for a Spider-Gwen TV series. 9. Misty Knight When police officer Misty Knight lost her arm in battle, she soon got an bionic arm and became the kind of superhero New York City deserved. We’ve already seen her character (played by Simone Missick) impress fans in the Netflix series Luke Cage, but it might be time to shine the spotlight more on Misty to tell her full story. 10. Kamala Khan as Ms. MarvelMeet 16-year-old Pakistani-American Kamala Khan from Jersey City, New Jersey. She idolizes Carol Danvers and wants to follow in her superhero footsteps. In 2014, Khan was given her own Ms. Marvel comic book series by Sana Amanat, G. Willow Wilson, and Adrian Alphona. She is the fourth character to take the name Ms. Marvel. She’s also the first Muslim superhero character to headline her own comic series. This could be a great character for Disney or ABC to explore more, giving their network some much-needed diversity.11. The Valkyries Fans got a glimpse of the female demi-goddesses known as the Valkyries in the 2017 movie Thor: Ragnarok. Actor Tessa Thompson stole the movie as the hard-drinking character Scrapper 142, previously a legendary Valkyrie warrior. A prequel series all about this character could show how the Valkyries came to be, and why they were ultimately defeated. The 15 most powerful female superheroes right now (pictures) Tags Comments 6 TV and Movies 17 Photos read more
Margaret DeMan Armstrong (Courtesy photo)Margaret DeMan Armstrong, a Baltimore icon known for her groundbreaking contributions to the arts and education, died in her sleep on July 19, at Brookdale Assisted Living in Towson, Maryland. She often mentioned her goal of reaching 100-years-old. In January she celebrated that goal with family and friends at her residence.Armstrong was born January 30, 1916 in Baltimore to the late Claudia Thomas DeMan and the late Henry Oliver DeMan. She was a devout Catholic throughout her life and a parishioner of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. She studied the piano at an early age and demonstrated a unique talent, a love for playing, and an overall love of music.She was a Douglass High School graduate and completed her college education at Coppin Normal School. She later earned a master’s degree in History and Philosophy of Education from Loyola College. She began her career as a music education teacher in Baltimore City Schools and was shortly promoted to administrative specialist for the Music Division for the Baltimore City Department of Education. She also served as a program consultant with the Federal Housing and Urban Development Agency and as the Coordinator of Cultural Enrichment with the Department of Education.Three sons, William Oscar, Roderick, and Carroll Robbins, were born from her marriage to William Oscar Armstrong, Jr., deceased.Armstrong used her creativity, positions, and influence to change the face of the arts in Maryland and across the country. She created a performing arts curriculum proposal and a cultural arts workshop proposal, both successfully and widely implemented. She also created and implemented a cultural enrichment program that combined the arts and humanities through a series of experiences performed by professional musicians, actors, artists, and dancers.Her love of the arts, and her continued determination to encourage and support artistic talent in Baltimore City’s youth, resulted in her bringing together a group of business leaders, leaders in the arts, and education representatives, to draft the fundamental proposal for the Baltimore School for the Arts. It opened in 1979 and has graduated many students who are now nationally known for their talents. The annual “Armstrong Honors Recital” highlights her contributions to the school. The “Margaret DeMan Armstrong Prize for Excellence,” established in 2001, provides an award to honor a deserving graduate who demonstrates a commitment to community service and love of the arts.While Armstrong was the leader for bringing arts to Baltimore City’s Public School children, she also worked as a volunteer with many boards and committees. She created the first International Exchange Program between educators in the Baltimore City Public Schools and educators in Gbarnga, Liberia. She advocated for cultural institutions to be responsive to the needs of African-American children and families who would not be able to afford to attend many of the premiere cultural events in the city. In 1992, Armstrong was a member of the task force that undertook a feasibility study to determine the possibility of creating a middle school for Baltimore City youths. In 1993, the Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy opened as a tuition-free, private Jesuit school for middle school boys from low-income families. Armstrong is survived by her sister, Frances Ashby (daughter Cleo), her son, Roderick (wife Gloria), Barbara Blount Armstrong (daughter-in-law), grandsons, Mario (wife Nicole) and Sean, and a cherished great-grandson, Christopher. She is predeceased by her oldest son, William and her youngest son, Carroll. Armstrong is also survived by cousins Ruth and Kim McCalla, as well as other relatives and friends. Public viewing will be held from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. July 28 at March Family Life Tribute Center, 5616 Old Court Rd., Baltimore, Maryland. The funeral will take place 11 a.m. July 29 at Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Maryland, with viewing from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.In lieu of flowers, contributions in Margaret’s honor can be sent to the Baltimore School for the Arts.Attn: Development OfficeBaltimore School for the Arts Foundation712 Cathedral StreetBaltimore, MD 21201 read more
Poor sleep may be a sign that people who are otherwise healthy may be at the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study. Researchers have found a link between sleep disturbances and biological markers for Alzheimer’s disease found in the spinal fluid.”Previous evidence has shown that sleep may influence the development or progression of Alzheimer’s disease in various ways,” said Barbara B Bendlin from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”For example, disrupted sleep or lack of sleep may lead to amyloid plaque buildup because the brain’s clearance system kicks into action during sleep. Our study looked not only for amyloid but for other biological markers in the spinal fluid as well,” said Bendlin.Amyloid is a protein that can fold and form into plaques.Tau is a protein that forms into tangles. These plaques and tangles are found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease.Researchers recruited 101 people with an average age of 63 who had normal thinking and memory skills but who were considered at risk of developing Alzheimer’s, either having a parent with the disease or being a carrier of a gene that increases the risk of Alzheimer’s called apolipoprotein E or APOE. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveParticipants were surveyed about sleep quality. They also provided spinal fluid samples that were tested for biological markers of Alzheimer’s disease.Researchers found that people who reported worse sleep quality, more sleep problems and daytime sleepiness had more biological markers for Alzheimer’s disease in their spinal fluid than people who did not have sleep problems.Those biological markers included signs of amyloid, tau and brain cell damage and inflammation. While some of these relationships were strong when looking at everyone as a group, not everyone with sleep problems has abnormalities in their spinal fluid, researchers said.For example, there was no link between biological markers in the spinal fluid and obstructive sleep apnea.The results remained the same when researchers adjusted for other factors such as use of medications for sleep problems, amount of education, depression symptoms or body mass index. The study was published in the journal Neurology. read more