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The Missed “Magical Negro” Trope in “The Queen’s Gambit”

We have to do better.

“Happiest Season” Shows Queers Joy Is Sometimes Elusive

Happiest Season has big shoes to fill though there is really no other movie like it. Read more »

Seeking Humanity: “Ratched” Is a Queer Show That Explores Power and Violence

Ratched isn’t just a lesbian love story. Read more »

Meaningless Mashup: “Holidate” Proves Netflix Hasn’t Nailed the Holiday Rom-Com

“Holidate” is a Hallmark-inspired movie for straight people who think saying words like “tits” makes them edgy.  Read more »

In “Emily in Paris,” Being Thin and White Is a Path to Success

Emily is yet another thin white woman who fails upward. Read more »

Polish and Privilege: “RHONY” Illuminates the Class Divide in America

Extreme economic disparity in America is the problem. RHONY just makes it visible. 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 »

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 »

“An American Pickle” Finds Humor in Uniquely Jewish Hardship

Seth Rogen embodies both his own Jewish present and a collective and just-out-of-reach Jewish past.  Read more »

A Season in Hell: Amazon’s New Series “Paatal Lok” Is a Cop Drama for Our Times

The show is singularly unsparing in its depiction of modern Indian life. Read more »

Consent Creator: “I May Destroy You” Takes on the Messy Realities of Rape

The 12-episode series is an exploration of rape culture that leans into its gray areas. Read more »

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