Arrow & Kreisberg: Just an Illusion of Inclusion & Equity?

The CW’s expanding collection of DC Comics shows have been my favorite for a while. I’ve deeply admired the ways showrunner Greg Berlanti and his staff write strong female characters, aren’t afraid to have POC love interests, and have — again and again — cast their shows with actors who more accurately reflect the ethnic diversity … More Arrow & Kreisberg: Just an Illusion of Inclusion & Equity?

Glossary: How to Talk About America’s Racial Wounds — With Pop Culture Examples

Hey there. If you’ve been following the news, then you’re likely aware that hundreds of (literal, flag-carrying) American Nazis recently marched around Charlottesville, Virginia, carrying tiki torches, injured 19 people, and killed a woman. America’s racial wounds. They’re a thing. White Americans have spent over 400+ years, since we first started living on this continent, … More Glossary: How to Talk About America’s Racial Wounds — With Pop Culture Examples

ABC’s Boy Band: Can It Break Down Barriers in Representation?

Update: To answer the question — sort of! On August 24, America chose Sergio, Chance, Brady, Drew, and Michael as the winners of ABC’s Boy Band, and the members of the newly formed pop group In Real Life. While IRL (can I call them that?) may be revolutionary in it’s ability to form a group … More ABC’s Boy Band: Can It Break Down Barriers in Representation?

Pride & Prejudice is Emotional Manipulation and We All Fall for It

When it comes to the great romances of literature, it’s pretty hard to beat Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy of Pride & Prejudice. If you’re familiar with Jane Austen’s classic novel, or one of its many film adaptations, you probably love Mr. Darcy. He’s the perfect romantic hero: brooding and intense, a bit misunderstood, but with a heart of … More Pride & Prejudice is Emotional Manipulation and We All Fall for It

Hilary Duff’s Body Image Journey Gives Me Hope for Hollywood

When watching TV and film, reading magazines, or choosing toys — most of the time — little girls love to see someone who looks like them. It’s the reason that, growing up, Mulan was a friend’s favorite Disney princess. (“Who else was there who looked like me?”) It’s the reason another friend makes sure to … More Hilary Duff’s Body Image Journey Gives Me Hope for Hollywood

Day Off in Seattle — Sushi, Books, and ALL of the Coffee

For one of my final days of vacation, I decided to spend the day exploring my city. Here’s what happened when I wandered around Seattle in the middle of a workday. 11:21am: La Marzocco Cafe I mostly know about La Marzocco, the cafe attached to KEXP radio in Lower Queen Anne, because of an influencer … More Day Off in Seattle — Sushi, Books, and ALL of the Coffee