Donny The Unicorn,
Horn Sweet Horn,
The Powerpuff Girls,
Violence Against Trans Women,
Queer Voices News
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.
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.
Phoenix InfoNews Channel,
WorldPost Asia Pacific,
China Africa Relations,
China Africa Relationship,
Cobus Van Staden,
Worldpost Global Order,
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.
When you purchase a T-shirt from Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton or Ted Cruz, what are you really buying into?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Good Wife,
The People v. O.J. Simpson,
Heathers The Musical,
If TV is supposed to be so wonderful these days, why is it making me so sad? I've got a few ideas.
Body Joy Project,
The Hunting Ground,
Til It Happens To You,
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."
Blood Sweat & Tears,
Earth Wind And Fire,
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
American Horror Story,
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dancing With The Stars,
I Am Jazz,
Mikki Del Monico,
Orange Is The New Black,
Scott Turner Schofield,
The Bold And The Beautiful,
The Danish Girl,
I Am Cait,
New Girls On The Block,
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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.