Diversity in Hollywood: The Power (and Limits) of Narratives

I’ve always been a bit of a reluctant blonde. I don’t dislike my hair color, but blonde has never felt like me. I wasn’t a cheerleader. I have never cared about makeup or fashion. Growing up, I was the one who was good at school. I’d also worn glasses since age five, and I was … More Diversity in Hollywood: The Power (and Limits) of Narratives

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?

White Fragility, as Explained by “A Very Potter Musical”

After years of wanting to understand issues like internalized racism and systemic injustice, but never really knowing how to engage in such complex and emotionally-loaded spaces, I am finally making some progress. I’ve spent the past year and a half in areas where people of color around me feel more comfortable speaking difficult truths, instead … More White Fragility, as Explained by “A Very Potter Musical”

Racism & Injustice: Checklist for Those Engaging With It + an Extra List for White Allies

Are you earnestly and authentically seeking to engage with dialogue around racism and systemic injustice? Sweet. You’re probably exhausted. Here are a few reminders: Sleep. Go to bed at 8pm if you need to. Rest. Eat. Get full meals. Make sure you have protein. Sugar and caffeine aren’t substitutes for real food. Get up from … More Racism & Injustice: Checklist for Those Engaging With It + an Extra List for White Allies

So, Just Realizing That Some Spaces Don’t Care for POC, Including a Lot of Mine 😕

We prayed today for Charlottesville. It was — because I’m still such a total newbie at these things — the first time I walked into that time of prayer with a bit of fear. Ethnic and racial divides hurt Christian community We’re predominantly white, and the last time I came to one of our prayer … More So, Just Realizing That Some Spaces Don’t Care for POC, Including a Lot of Mine 😕