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Delia Melody

'The Powerpuff Girls': Not Doing Trans People Any Favors

Delia Melody | May 2, 2016 | Queer Voices
Trying to tackle "trans issues," as though that were somehow a simple topic, with a token character in a one-off episode generally ends up being problematic at best and outright harmful at worst, and this episode was no exception.
L.E. Kalikow

Reasons I'm Disappointed in HBO's 'Vinyl'

L.E. Kalikow | April 18, 2016 | Entertainment
The Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol flashbacks were actually well-done, but as soon as Cannavale came back on the screen with the phony, oversimplified A&R meeting, any credibility went out the door with the guy who was fired.
Eric Olander

What It's Like for a Chinese Journalist in Africa to Cover the China-Africa Story

Eric Olander | April 6, 2016 | World
How foreign journalists report on the China-Africa story is often determined by the national origin of their news organization. These so-called "embedded narratives" run deep, particularly among older journalists, but a new generation of young foreign correspondents in Africa is challenging some of these dated caricatures. Zhang Zizhu is one of them. She joins Eric & Cobus -- in the podcast above -- to reflect on covering the Chinese in Africa.
Amy Goldwasser

Presidential Candidate Apparel Truths

Amy Goldwasser | March 30, 2016 | Comedy
When you purchase a T-shirt from Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton or Ted Cruz, what are you really buying into?
Kat Blaque

Performative Blackness and the Problem With 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

Kat Blaque | March 27, 2016 | Black Voices
The show is problematic and it often relies on oppressive tropes that for some reason seem to be excused because RuPaul is black and gay.
Loolwa Khazzoom

Why 'The Good Wife' Is a Fail

Loolwa Khazzoom | March 15, 2016 | Entertainment
Initially I was intrigued by the show, so much so that I binge-watched the first season and part of the second, before getting bored and irritated.
Lil Wayne

College Students Ride Tidal's Social Wave for Change

Lil Wayne | March 16, 2016 | Entertainment
Not many people are fortunate enough to say that they can make a difference. Not many people are blessed enough to inspire America's youth. I'm always trying to do good and give back to communities that need it most: from rebuilding NOLA, supporting after-school programs, giving back to Haiti, and most recently working with Tidal on the Social Wave for Change.
Michael Cook

RuPaul's Drag Race Star Acid Betty -- "I Try to Take Drag to Another Level"

Michael Cook | March 11, 2016 | Queer Voices
In the world of drag, Acid Betty is an absolute enigma. A true individual, she is giving a completely different kind of drag to this season of RuPaul's Drag Race.
Ed Martin

Why Is TV Making Me Sad?

Ed Martin | March 9, 2016 | Entertainment
If TV is supposed to be so wonderful these days, why is it making me so sad? I've got a few ideas.
Chloe Allred

An Artist and Survivor Joins Lady Gaga on Stage at the Oscars

Chloe Allred | March 4, 2016 | Arts
I am back stage at the Oscars. Let me repeat that, because it is truly, truly crazy: I am backstage at the Oscars. I'm not here to dance or sing. I'm certainly not here to accept an award for a film. I am here as a survivor of rape and I'm here with 50 other survivors of sexual assault. We are here to stand on stage with Lady Gaga as she performs "Til It Happens to You" from "The Hunting Ground."
Xaque Gruber

When an Actual Grammy Watches the Grammys...

Xaque Gruber | February 17, 2016 | TV
Mom's favorite performance of the night was Joey Alexander, the 12 year old piano virtuoso -- the evening's youngest nominee, and the only one to score a perfect "10" from both of us.
Tom Cramer

What I Miss About TV In The 1970s

Tom Cramer | January 31, 2016 | Fifty
How times have changed. I grew up in the '70s, when it was still a big deal to have a color TV. We had a handful of major stations on the VHF band, and a couple of minor ones on UHF. Many people nowadays don't even know what those terms mean.
Playboy.com

TV Shows That Didn't Come Alive Until Season 2

Playboy.com | February 1, 2016 | Entertainment
Unless you are a pop-culture masochist and find perverse joy in Manimal, the Regan-Era show whose shape-shifting premise was culled from Greco-Roman mythology and whose very brief existence was a Tragedy, you probably won't want to watch a bad TV show for very long. Why would you, in this age of unprecedentedly great TV?
Ilana Rapp

Actress Jadyn Douglas Talks Behind the Scenes of Eva Longoria's Telenovela

Ilana Rapp | January 27, 2016 | Entertainment
Jadyn Douglas has something delicious about her that I can't put my finger on -- but it's powerful -- and she's in for one heck of a ride!
Lena Dunham

Don't Take It Personally When I Tell You 'No.' I'm Using It On Everyone This Year

Lena Dunham | January 27, 2016 | Women
A well-timed yes can expand our world in beautiful and unexpected ways. But I am writing now to espouse the power of another simple word: no.
Dustin Fitzharris

Checking In With Marla Gibbs: A Candid Interview With 'The Jeffersons' and '227' Star

Dustin Fitzharris | January 11, 2016 | Fifty
At 84, actress Marla Gibbs admits to only being 30. She believes that once people start telling their age, they begin seeing themselves in a particular way. Gibbs continues to keep active and didn't allow an aneurysm and a stroke nearly 10 years ago stop her.
Jenna Elfman

The Unthinkable Is Happening in Our Own 'Backyard'

Jenna Elfman | January 7, 2016 | Impact
Never did I consider that something so unthinkable -- selling kids for sex -- was happening in my own community. But I was wrong. I was naive. I was unwilling to face the facts. Until last year.
Mike Seyedian

Making a Petitioner

Mike Seyedian | January 7, 2016 | UK Entertainment
Like many who watched Making a Murderer, I was extremely upset by what I saw. It wasn't just another series that I could put behind me and move on. I felt compelled to lend my support to Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey in some way. So, I started a petition for each of them on Change.org.
David Hinckley

Oh, That Alice: Luther Can't Live With Her, Can't Live Without Her

David Hinckley | December 16, 2015 | Entertainment
Like the last season, this one could end the Luther story. Or not. Truth is, if you want simple, easy, clean closure, you shouldn't be watching in the first place. Reach for the clicker and gently but firmly switch to Hallmark.
Mikki del Monico

There Are Many Reasons to Get Amazon Prime This Holiday Season and 'Transparent' Is One of Them

Mikki del Monico | February 2, 2016 | Queer Voices
What we see in the media matters. Narratives that include well-rounded transgender characters are important because they help us feel less alone and reveal more expansive endings than the ones we may previously have envisioned for ourselves.
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