The Colbert Report and White Privilege: Satire I don’t believe in

April 3, 2014

By Michelle Medina I am a fan of The Daily Show. I am a fan of Jon Stewart and his cultural resistance to the status quo and holders of social power.  In fact, I watch his show religiously with my daughter.  We anticipate the next instance where he will speak truth to power.  A...
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Posted in Culture, Entertainment, History, Immigration, Popular Culture, Privilege, Racism, Sexism, Television, U.S., Whiteness | 13 Comments »

Op-Ed: Body Politic (or, Skinny Hate: Maria Kang, Gwyneth Paltrow, and the New Misogyny)

March 30, 2014

By Laila Pedro As a longtime dancer now working as a scholar, writer, and media strategist, I am (often to my detriment) deeply and constantly aware of how women’s bodies—my own and others’— are talked about and looked at. I follow with befuddled, irresistible interest the bafflingly tone-deaf coverage of “fat acceptance”, body issues,...
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Posted in Bodies, Entertainment, Op-Ed, Patriarchy | 16 Comments »

Mad (at) Men’s March Madness

March 21, 2014

Dr. Cheryl Cooky writes about March Madness 2014 in order to problematize how media shapes our interests in sport and our cultural beliefs about gender.
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What We Lose When We Focus Our Discussion on Jared Leto Rather than Rayon: Queer Politics and the Forgotten Heroes of the AIDS Crisis

March 17, 2014

By Mairead Sullivan While Rayon’s death in the Dallas Buyers Club was not the stereotypical death of a tragic transgender character, it was a tragic death stereotypical of the millions of victims of the AIDS crisis that continues to plague our communities, as well as set the global political agenda in regards to health,...
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Nicki Minaj and Pretty Taking All Fades: Performing the Erotics of Feminist Solidarity

March 6, 2014

By Jillian Hernandez and Anya M. Wallace   This essay aims to consider an erotics of feminist solidarity, not a solidarity that only decries the status quo—but one that recognizes the conditions under which women and girls of color craft their identities and sexualities—and does not punish them for it.  How do we measure...
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Posted in Black Women, Bodies, Culture, Entertainment, Feminism, Music, Sexism, Sexuality, U.S., Women of Color, Youth | 5 Comments »

(En)Gendering Greatness: Caught Between Richard Sherman and a Hard Place

January 31, 2014
(En)Gendering Greatness:  Caught Between Richard Sherman and a Hard Place

By Tikia K. Hamilton “I’m the shit!” You will probably never hear me utter these words, even though, on most days, I must quietly remind myself that I am. One of the reasons I would never mouth these words publicly is because, growing up as an African-American girl, my family always taught me the...
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Posted in Black Women, Culture, Entertainment, masculinity, Privilege, Racism, Sports | 12 Comments »

Trans Is the New Black?: On CeCe McDonald, Mister Cee, Orange Is The New Black, and Trans Women of Color

January 16, 2014

By Jasmine Salters Last week, the appearance of Orange Is the New Black actress Laverne Cox and former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant and trans model Carmen Carrerra on Katie Couric’s ABC daytime show Katie sparked important dialogue about transgender individuals. When Couric asked the women invasive questions about transitioning and surgery, Cox powerfully deconstructed the ways in which fixation...
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Posted in Black Women, Entertainment, LGBTQI, Privilege, Racism, Television, Violence, White Privilege, Women of Color | 2 Comments »

The Sexual Geopolitics of Popular Culture and Transnational Black Feminism

January 13, 2014

By Janell Hobson While the debate raged on toward the end of 2013 concerning Beyoncé’s feminist politics – especially in her sampling of celebrated Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “We Should All Be Feminists” TED speech in her song “***Flawless,” featured on her fast-selling BEYONCÈ: The Visual Album – few have contributed conversations on...
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Understanding My Juicy Thighs, Thanks to Jenny from the Block

January 7, 2014
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By Jamie McKaie The biography sat on the bookshelf of my fourth grade classroom, as if patiently waiting for me. The bell rang. Ring. I ran for my fourth grade classroom as fast as I could. There it was: Blue Banner Biography: Jennifer Lopez. I snatched it from the shelf just as my other classmates entered the room....
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Talkback: In Defense of Rihanna

October 16, 2013

By Muna Mire The hugely delayed video for Rihanna’s single ‘Pour It Up’ has received undue amounts of negative attention since it dropped a couple weeks ago. Initially slated to be hosted on Vevo, ‘Pour It Up’ was actually taken down right after it was posted (within about a half hour) due to backlash...
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