Race / Women and Gender

Why We Need to Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, Not Columbus Day

Originally posted on The Opinioness of the World:
Most people in the U.S. think of today as Columbus Day. But I refuse to celebrate this asshole. A shitty explorer (who refused to admit that he wasn’t even in Asia), Columbus kidnapped, colonized, maimed and committed genocide to the Indigenous peoples here. Oh yeah, that really…

The Zoe Saldana / Nina Simone Biopic Controversy Illustrates the Need for More Black Women Filmmakers
Films / Race / Women and Gender

The Zoe Saldana / Nina Simone Biopic Controversy Illustrates the Need for More Black Women Filmmakers

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. When Zoe Saldana was recently cast as legendary singer Nina Simone in her upcoming biopic, the decision ignited a firestorm of controversy. People have vehemently criticized the decision. Not because Saldana isn’t a skilled actor (she is). But because her skin is much lighter than the music icon. I’ve wanted … Continue reading

Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault / Equal Pay / LGBTQ / Politics / Race / Women and Gender

Paid Sick Leave Impacts Women, Women of Color, LGBTQ Families & Domestic Violence Survivors — And Why We Must Pass It Now

When I worked at Harvard, I had phenomenal benefits, including paid sick leave. Outstanding. Stupendous. But when I stopped and thought about it, I realized it was the only job I ever held that did offer paid sick time. Having worked in retail and for small banks, sure I could take time off if I … Continue reading

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild': Gender, Race and a Powerful Female Protagonist in the Most Buzzed About Film
Films / Race / Women and Gender

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild': Gender, Race and a Powerful Female Protagonist in the Most Buzzed About Film

Hushpuppy, the protagonist of ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild,’ is a pint-sized powerhouse. An indomitable survivor. She’s brave, tough and strong-willed. There’s a fierce intensity, and an old wisdom behind her eyes. Honest, vulnerable and sweet – she is the film’s moral compass, its anchor. Continue reading

Films / LGBTQ / Race / Women and Gender

“I’m Not Running, I’m Choosing”: ‘Pariah’ and Gender Performance

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. Warning: spoilers ahead!! “Who do you become if you can’t be yourself?” Pariah, my absolute favorite film of 2011, tackles that question. Written and directed by Dee Rees and produced by Nekisa Cooper, the powerful, award-winning Pariah tells the story of Alike (Adepero Oduye in an astounding performance), a 17-year-old … Continue reading

LGBTQ / Race / TV / Women and Gender

“All the Pieces Matter”: LGBTQ Characters of Color on ‘The Wire’

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. The Wire is the greatest TV series of all time. Period. Now, I know I’m not really making some bold claim as many, many, many, many critics have professed their unabashed love for the crime drama. No other show has painstakingly depicted the complexities of racism, the inner city and … Continue reading

Films / Race / Women and Gender

Quote of the Day: Viola Davis on Women of Color, Dreams and Her Life’s Mission

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. The internet has been abuzz over Meryl Streep’s badass statement at Women in Film (WIF)’s Crystal + Lucy Awards condemning the “underrepresentation of women” in film and Hollywood’s preoccupation with “big tent-pole failures.” She went on to question, “Don’t they want the money?” since women’s films like The Devil Wears … Continue reading