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Women and LBGTQ+ people vs. Hollywood

Generally speaking, men, heterosexual, and cisgender people usually enjoy the upper hand when it comes to role models and representation in the mainstream media. I’m frustrated in a way, that it is 2016 and there is STILL a considerable lack of representation regarding the LGBTQ+ and strong, independent women in the TV and films we watch. When have you ever seen a film in which the protagonist struggles with their gender identity, and saves the world, at the same time, single handedly? Probably never.

Generally speaking, men, heterosexual, and cisgender people usually enjoy the upper hand when it comes to role models and representation in the mainstream media. I’m frustrated in a way, that it is 2016 and there ...

A Mea Culpa Is Not Enough

Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack issued a mea culpa in writing in Philly.com for his vote on a restrictive abortion law in 2011. Its purpose seems to be multi-faceted: An admission of an error, a warning, and a call to action. The apology and subsequent argument he presents introduces a shit-show of conundrums and a perfect storm of an excuse for his regrettable vote in 2011.

Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack issued a mea culpa in writing in Philly.com for his vote on a restrictive abortion law in 2011. Its purpose seems to be multi-faceted: An admission of an error, a warning, ...

The Lives of Black Women Matter Too

Ferguson, MO became a contentious cultural flashpoint in the summer of 2014. Ever since, the news has been filled with reports of African Americans being killed by police or dying while in their custody. The situations vary, but the litany of names has seared itself into the public mind:

Freddie Gray Michael Brown Philando Castile

Notice there are no names of females on the list above.

Ferguson, MO became a contentious cultural flashpoint in the summer of 2014. Ever since, the news has been filled with reports of African Americans being killed by police or dying while in their custody. The situations vary, ...

Demanding Abortion Access for Women Raped in War

Hi. I’m in a bit of a pickle here.

The U.S. denies abortion services for war rape victims, but no one seems to care. President Obama could single-handedly change this policy…but no one seems to care. The organization I work for is trying to bring attention to all of this……but nobody seems to care…yet.

Hi. I’m in a bit of a pickle here.

The U.S. denies abortion services for war rape victims, but no one seems to care. President Obama could single-handedly change this policy…but no one seems to care. The organization ...

Why Didn’t the NFL Believe Molly Brown?

Kicker Josh Brown of the New York Giants reportedly abused his ex-wife in multiple cities over many years.  Molly Brown told New York police that Brown had assaulted her more than 20 times, beginning during her pregnancy in 2009.  According to ESPN, Molly Brown called police in nearly every city in which the couple lived.  In 2013, Molly Brown obtained a protective order against her husband, based on threats to kill her.  In 2015, Josh Brown allegedly pushed his wife into a mirror, threw her on the floor, jumped on top of her, kicked a door into her son, and kicked a chair into her.  Josh Brown was arrested for the 2015 incident.  In response, the NFL ...

Kicker Josh Brown of the New York Giants reportedly abused his ex-wife in multiple cities over many years.  Molly Brown told New York police that Brown had assaulted her more than 20 times, beginning during her ...

Our Fave is Problematic: 4 Ways Niykee Heaton Edges on Anti-Blackness

Like many fans, my introduction to singer, songwriter, and producer Niykee Heaton was through one of her many infamous YouTube acoustic covers of a popular rap song. For me, her 2014 acoustic medley that combined both Ty Dolla Sign and The Weeknd’s “Or Nah” and K Camp’s “Cut Her Off” was a certified bop. Her voice and her face were both beautiful, and I remember replaying the soothing cover countless times. Yet even back then, my anti-racism, justice-oriented lens would not allow me to buy in to Heaton’s work completely.

Like many fans, my introduction to singer, songwriter, and producer Niykee Heaton was through one of her many infamous YouTube acoustic covers of a popular rap song. For me, her 2014 acoustic medley that combined both ...

Can Hollywood Stop Fetishing Mental Illness In Women?

Suicide Squad has received some mixed reviews recently since it’s release in early August. Some reviewers are calling it one of the best movies of the summer, however others are calling it one of the worst movies to ever be created, even stating that it was Razzie worthy. But the real problem with this movie is the over-sexualization of Harley Quinn, who just happens to be “insane.”

Suicide Squad has received some mixed reviews recently since it’s release in early August. Some reviewers are calling it one of the best movies of the summer, however others are calling it one of the worst movies to ...

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