For the first time in four years, the acting categories of the Academy Awards are lily-white. It's a curious circumstance, since one of this year's Best Picture nominees, Selma, features a predominantly Black cast.
There’s a cultural idea that having someone looking over our shoulder makes us behave better. From fake security cameras to Elf on the Shelf, the common belief goes that if we’re being watched, we’ll be slightly more decent people.
Comedian Eddie Huang raised a red flag about ABC show based on his memoir, Fresh Off the Boat.
The moment I made the decision to write about my political communities back home during the first semester of my MFA program, I knew I would hit some walls. "It's ill-advised to write about politics this way," my instructor said. "Traditionally speaking, it doesn't work. Politics are told through something universal, a love story, a coming of age story."
Internet culture gets derided and dismissed—especially by the out-of-touch people who run a lot of our mainstream media. How often have you heard the punchline of a joke turn out to be “Twitter” or "Youtube"? That gets old fast. Especially, since, in reality, activist media-makers are doing really creative and powerful work online. In recent years, people who care about social justice issues have honed their skills at distilling important issues into short, engaging videos and memes—the best of these are nuanced and fresh, but grab viewers who will never break open a giant book about racism or attend a heady lecture about feminism. A growing number of talented writers are using YouTube, Twitter, and Tumblr in a way previous generations have used pamphlets, speeches, and consciousness-raising groups.
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