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Burning Issue: “Embrace of the Serpent“ Sees Capitalist Destruction through Indigenous Eyes

The film subverts a colonialist narrative by presenting the experience of a white man on Amazon land—not through his eyes, but through those of the people he’s exploiting.

Felicity Huffman’s Light Sentence Shows the Racial Disparities in Education

Huffman and other white, wealthy parents have a leg up, but they’re still dreaming up their children’s marginalization. Read more »

You Can’t Be an Ink Master If You Only Tattoo White Skin

A tattoo artist isn’t a master of the art if they can only tattoo white people. Read more »

What Critiques of Normani Reveal about Racist Expectations of Black Women Artists

Music critics and listeners alike give Black pop stars hell—especially when they’re women. Read more »

A Quick History of TV’s Elusive Quest for Complex Black Lesbians

Characters are being given more complexity onscreen, as they are offered the chance to explore their queerness in ways typically reserved for white queer women. Read more »

In Hot Water: “The Kitchen” Is a Comic-Book Adaptation Whose Diversity Feels Forced

The film pushes a shallow image of female unity, flattening the complex characters from the comic into easily readable types. Read more »

Hot Mic: Priyanka Chopra’s Selectively Woke Stardom Is a Strategic—and Risky—Decision

Diasporas and communities of color often feel that we must pedestalize even the least bit of representation that comes our way. Read more »

The Amazon Fire Isn’t Just Climate Change—It’s Political Violence

The Amazon fires are another example of politicians prioritizing greed above caring for their constituents and protecting the people who inhabit the land they govern. Read more »

“Euphoria” Utilizes Black Trauma for Character Development

Christopher McKay is an example of Black trauma through a white lens. Read more »

7 Books by Queer Black Writers to Read in Honor of James Baldwin’s Birthday

Today, more LGBTQ Black authors are carving out the space that James Baldwin helped craft. Read more »

How We Adorn Ourselves: Jailyn Poindexter on Making 20 Durags for Beyoncé’s ”Spirit” Video

How we as Black people adorn ourselves is valid, as shown in the “Spirit” video. Read more »

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A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... Read more »

Rewriting the Future: Using Science Fiction to Re-Envision Justice

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. Read more »

Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens... 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 »