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Media Representation

#PraisinTheAsian Is Showcasing Cultural Pride And Shattering Stereotypes

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 05.13.2016 | Impact

With a simple hashtag, one teen is giving Asians the recognition they deserve. As part of a project for her AP Language and Composition class, Caitlin...

When Will Mainstream American Media Finally Be Ready for Quirky, Brown Love?

Bryanda Law | Posted 03.09.2016 | Black Voices
Bryanda Law

It is time for us to be the stars of the coming-to-age movies and not just the sidekicks or comedic relief. Give the next generation of movie-watcher a chance to experience us the way that we see ourselves; as quirky, cool and sometimes awkward individuals that have a passion for random things.

How the 'X-Files' Let Me Down in Last Week's Episode

Anu Joshi | Posted 02.24.2016 | Entertainment
Anu Joshi

For the last five weeks I've anxiously awaited Monday nights and relished the opportunity to sink back into my younger years. So, you can imagine how much it pains me to write this blog.

NYT Article on Comic Diversity Is Incredibly Problematic

Joshua Adams | Posted 12.31.2015 | Media
Joshua Adams

Ampikaipakan points are not only flawed, but incredibly problematic and inconsiderate. Making cases that suggest diversity is an opponent to universality is such a dangerous oxymoron.

The Story of Us

Orlando Jones | Posted 12.31.2015 | Black Voices
Orlando Jones

As I reflect on the year behind and the year to come, the greatest lesson I've learned and I want to impart is the need to control our own narrative across all facets of our digitally connected lives both in our fiction and IRL (in real life).

Black Art: Why The Artistic Commentary of John Jennings Is So Important

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 12.30.2015 | Black Voices
Sheena C. Howard

There is one artistic voice that stands out above the rest as pivotal to the national conversation around race, identity and social justice. That is the voice of John Jennings, visual artist pioneer and author.

Media Diversity Is a Global Issue

Antonia Opiah | Posted 11.12.2016 | Media
Antonia Opiah

Shows like Scandal, Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat lead the way to a more diverse TV landscape. Outside of the U.S., however, there's still much more work to be done.

Reality TV Needs More Deaf Talent

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 08.13.2016 | Entertainment
Lydia L. Callis

Even though our reality is full of individuals who are deaf/HoH, only a handful of this population has been given an opportunity to join the cast of a reality TV show. They don't fit into the "reality" that producers are trying to create, and that is a shame for all of us.

The Internet Opens a Window to the Deaf World

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 06.23.2016 | Entertainment
Lydia L. Callis

While mainstream media still struggles to integrate diversity into programming, the internet offers a vastly different experience. People around the globe, of all backgrounds and abilities, are uploading original new content every day, smashing boring stereotypes and changing the way we view different cultures.

'Covering One's Face Does Not Render One Silent Or Stupid'

Zainab bint Younus | Posted 06.12.2016 | Religion
Zainab bint Younus

We do not need other people to take their cameras and claim to know what the world looks like through our eyes. We do not need others to speak over us, pretending to tell our stories, when we have our own voices and our own cameras and are fully capable of documenting our lives.

One College Student's Analysis on Representation in the Film American Sniper

Nadia Karizat | Posted 05.22.2016 | College
Nadia Karizat

In this day and age, many people are constantly exposed to all sorts of media texts, television series, films, music videos, social media, news and radio programs, etc., and are surrounded with images that help shape the way they view different groups of people.

Essence Recognizes Five Trailblazers In One Badass Cover

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices

Yes! Essence magazine is marking a big milestone in May -- and to honor the event, they’ve dedicated the cover of their upcoming issue to five we...

Hollywood, You're Halfway There With Trans Representation

Raquel Willis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Raquel Willis

The same mindset that marks trans people as unfit to share and depict their own stories comes from the same place as the invalidation that causes us to experience discrimination and self-loathing on so many other levels. Seeing your true self in media is important and can save lives.

People of Color Deal With Mental Illness, Too

Dior Vargas | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Dior Vargas

There is a stigma that is rampant in our society towards mental illness. Yet it is worse for communities of color. I want my community to know that this is not something to be ashamed about. This is not a white person's disease.

Why Representation Matters: A Thank You Letter to Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino

Luis Ruuska | Posted 02.25.2015 | Entertainment
Luis Ruuska

I will show my children Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, not only because they are fantastic stories and shows, but because they will hopefully see themselves in one way or another in either show.

Why Shonda Rhimes' Shows Give Me Hope For The Entertainment Industry

Camryn Garrett | Posted 02.21.2015 | Teen
Camryn Garrett

The best part isn't that all of these different types of people are included in these shows. It's that their differences aren't harped on, over and over again.

The Emmys Still Aren't A Feminist Award Show

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | Posted 08.27.2014 | Entertainment

There were some high-profile wins for female writers and directors at the Emmy awards on Monday, but that doesn't mean we should be celebrating. Mo...

Dance Music Versus the Mainstream Media: 'If Country Can Dance, Why Can't We?'

Valerie Lee | Posted 10.07.2014 | College
Valerie Lee

A blanket of dismal expectancy shrouds every new festival or high profile EDM show. It arrives in the form of a vulture; a hovering media presence eyeing any opportunity to snatch up crumbs of information to then instigate "conversations" where dance music culture and its fans are berated, over and over again.

This Shameful Hollywood Habit Is So Common, You May Not Have Noticed It

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 11.06.2014 | Entertainment

Hollywood may have retired blackface and other racist caricatures, but discrimination is alive and well.

Lupita Nyong'o, Kerry Washington And Me

Camryn Garrett | Posted 06.12.2014 | Teen
Camryn Garrett

When a magazine calls a woman with pale eyes and hair beautiful, I don't have any problem agreeing. They are beautiful. We all are. But what many magazines fail to realize is that there's more than one brand of beauty.

Justine Sacco, Megyn Kelly and the Humor of White Privilege

Kevin Beckford | Posted 02.21.2014 | Black Voices
Kevin Beckford

Sacco and Kelly are not the only people making such comments. There are plenty of "jokesters" whose privilege(s) and prejudices can easily be "unearthed" by jokes.

The Kind Of Faces I Want To See On TV

Carmin Chappell | Posted 06.30.2013 | Teen
Carmin Chappell

As a teenager, my generation is largely aware of the need for equal rights for all and represents a large portion of many campaigns. My peers and I need to dig deeper within the issues we care about and not rely on mainstream media to properly educate us on current events.