Why Your Star Wars Race Debate is Failing

It is one hundred percent okay to discuss how the imagery of a film affects how people might perceive – and conversely treat – another group of people. When we do so correctly we counteract all sorts of historically abhorrent things that go on to inform how people are actually treated in the real world.…

Best Part of 2015 Films? Badass Women.

With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we can all look back at 2015 as the year that badass women made some serious headway in cinema. And I don’t mean you-go-girl badass. I mean beating people up in action films badass. Representing women’s issues badass. Eschewing normative male gaze badass. Badass women rising,…

Chi-Raq is a Spike Lee Bike Fail Video

I’m not supposed to be telling you this, but Black folks have culture tickers in the back of our brains. The tickers determine a point spread of cultural offerings against our actual, real world needs. When someone Black releases or is part of a film (or book, album or TV show) that directly purports to…

Affirmative Action: You’re getting off light

Contrary to the statements made by Supreme Court Justice Scalia recently, affirmative action isn’t about sub-standard people’s worth being rewarded. It’s about the playing field of opportunities not being level before any number of candidates ever shows up for your job/school/opportunity. You can’t apply all of the machinery of racism and sexism for hundreds or thousands…