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 😕

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