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Jerry Harris and the Dark Underbelly of “Cheer”

The shows we so enthusiastically consume can transfer power and trust to people who will wield it violently. Read more »

Point/Counterpoint: The Emmys Made Minor Progress on Inclusion

We’re breaking down what the Emmys did well, and what needs more work. Read more »

If “Selling Sunset” Is One Big Happy Family, What’s with the Sexism?

In Selling Sunset, once you join the family, you are free to pursue the golden dream–but that can come at a cost. Read more »

In Season 2, “PEN15” Gets Real About Teenage Slut-Shaming

While the first season of PEN15 highlights teen girls’ sexuality, the second showcases the ways they’re punished for it. Read more »

Disney’s “Mulan” Remake Doesn’t Challenge the Patriarchy. It Reinforces It

In the apocalyptic hellscape that is today’s political climate, we deserved a Mulan with humanity. Read more »

Jumping Boundaries: “The Bachelor” Rewards Red Flags in Relationships

In The Bachelor universe, men are encouraged to fight for love and to never give up. Read more »

Conjuring Possibilities: Remembering Chadwick Boseman, a Champion of Black Stories

Popular media is a feedback loop that both tells us how to exist in the world and reinforces what we believe is possible. Read more »

“Legend of Korra” Shows How to Navigate PTSD While Fighting Injustice

Legend of Korra shows TV viewers that it’s possible to manage trauma—even while continuing the fight for justice. Read more »

Begone with the Wind: How Hollywood Rewrites Slavery

If these cinematic perceptions of slavery are committed to memory, then we might accept the plantation as a mere backdrop to terror rather than the very site of it. Read more »

Hustle & Glow: “P-Valley” Puts Black Southern Strippers in the Spotlight

The show is an expansive portrait of poverty, racism, misogyny and the Black Southern pride that pushes back against oppression. Read more »

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One-Sentence Reviews of the Lesbian Netflix Canon

Lez face it: when you’re a ladygay like myself, cruising the internet for something to watch, you realize very quickly that there are a whole... Read more »

"Moonlight" is an Essential Work of Art for the Current Political Moment

Moonlight displays the kind of empathy and humanity that we desperately need right now. Read more »

The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure. Read more »

No Disrespect: Black Women and the Burden of Respectability

Hollywood still filters (and distorts) the lives and histories of minorities through the eyes of the majority. Read more »