Zeba Blay
Zeba Blay is a Ghanaian-born film, television, and culture columnist. She is a New School Academic Fellow and a participant in the Indiewire Critics Academy. Her work has appeared on Afropunk, Criticwire, Digital Spy, and Slant magazine amongst others. She runs the movie commentary blog Film Memory.

Entries by Zeba Blay

The Problematic Racism of Lily Allen's 'Satire' of Sexism

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 9:24 AM

Let's begin with this: Lily Allen hasn't done anything particularly revolutionary with "Hard Out Here." She's sparked an interesting, possibly fruitful discussion about racism and feminism with the music video, but the song itself has added no new ideas to an ongoing conversation. With familiar, clichéd (and kinda problematic) lyrics...

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American Horror Story: Coven -- Slavery As Torture Porn?

(35) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 3:27 PM

A mere 30-seconds into last week's premiere episode of American Horror Story: Coven, I found myself rushing to my Twitter account to announce that I was already in love. Now, two weeks into the show, I'm wondering if I might have spoke too soon. Currently in its third season, the...

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Prisoners: Are the Black Characters Understated or Underused?

(7) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 4:28 PM

There's much to meditate on in Prisoners, the dark psychological thriller out this Friday starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. The movie could be described as distinctly, deliciously stressful, with its winding mysteries and shocking reveals, its broody atmosphere and consistent aura of foreboding. It excels at all this in...

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Una Noche Director Lucy Mulloy Talks Women in Film and Spike Lee

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 6:25 PM

In Una Noche, Lucy Mulloy's debut feature film, a brother and sister living in Havana embark on a dangerous journey with their friend, floating on a raft bound for Miami. Even ahead of its release this month, the film has garnered Mulloy numerous accolades, and even a stamp of approval...

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Fruitvale Station: An Important Statement on the Power of Perspective

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 1:46 PM

Fruitvale Station has become the darling of this year's film industry release slate, and rightly so. The drama, chronicles the real-life murder of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who in the early hours of New Year's Day 2009 was fatally shot in the back by an officer after being detained in the...

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Why Lena Dunham's 'N-Word' Response Isn't Good Enough

(65) Comments | Posted February 24, 2013 | 6:54 PM

When comedienne Lisa Lampanelli sent a picture via her Twitter a few days ago of herself posing with Girls star and creator Lena Dunham, she was no doubt well aware of the firestorm that its caption would spark. The photo, of Lampanelli smiling broadly, with Dunham standing over her holding...

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