The picture above is by Dread Scott, an activist and artist whose chosen mediums include everything from performance to graphic design. This specific piece of artwork is called– not surprisingly – “HATE.” What struck me first was the uncanny resemblance it has to the familiar pop-culture icon we all know and love– […]
In these turbulent political times, many have reconsidered the place of high profile awards ceremonies in American culture and society. Few critics, however, seem to note that the Academy Awards has historically operated on a troubling dual message.
The Super Bowl is the American spectacle. Every year, this event reveals what is important to the American public. Besides testosterone, alcohol, and cash, Lady Gaga’s halftime show has received an enormous amount of attention since Sunday night.
Less than 24 hours after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, millions of people across the world took to the streets to march in support of women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, immigration reform, environmental protection, and religious freedom, among other socially pressing issues. […]
Men – it’s time we addressed gender inequality in America without using a certain coordinating conjunction.
Five years old. The Bronx. Playing in a park. Woman rams her bicycle handlebar into my eye, muttering “terrorist.” Eight years old. Stop trying to learn Telugu. You shouldn’t speak it, people look wary when mom and dad speak it. It doesn’t matter that you’re a Hindu—you’re brown. Preteen. Stay […]
What do you get when you combine queerness, Blackness, teenage love, urban struggle, and tropical weather? You get Moonlight, a film written and directed by Barry Jenkins and inspired by Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.
I grew up with the idea that mental illness wasn’t real. “It’s an excuse,” my mom would say to me, “You’re lazy, so you have ADD. You want to complain, so you have depression.” In a predominantly Asian suburb, this was a piece of common knowledge imparted by our traditional […]
It’s a mid October day, 3pm. I’m sitting in a lecture hall rapidly clicking my pen, fighting to keep my eyes open as the professor scans the room in search of the next student to viciously question about last night’s reading. I divert my eyes- maybe if I look down, […]
Dichotomy and juxtaposition are two words that University of Pennsylvania students love to use (and to hate, because Penn students also hate everything). Dichotomy: noun di·chot·o·my \dī-ˈkä-tə-mē. : a difference between two opposite things : a division into two opposite groups Juxtaposition: noun jux·ta·po·si·tion \ˌjək-stə-pə-ˈzi-shən\: the act or an instance of placing two or more […]