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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and the immense pressure to feel seen

Recently, the LA Times asked me to name the first time I saw myself represented onscreen. The answer I gave the interviewer was long and winding and delved into the many different ways I have and haven’t seen myself at the movies – demographically, relationally, emotionally. By the time it got to print, though, it...CONTINUE READING
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The CBS sexual harassment exposé is a reminder that this was never just about one bad guy

At this point, the sexual harassment allegations against CBS head Les Moonves sound sickeningly, depressingly familiar. Four women who spoke with The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow, including actress/writer Ileana Douglas, writer Janet Jones, and producer Christine Peters, recounted Moonves touching or kissing them without their consent during work meetings.  Two more, including writer Dinah Kirgo,...CONTINUE READING
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City rallies behind 13-year-old entrepreneur after a racist moron calls the cops

You’d think people would stop calling the cops on young black kids who aren’t actually affecting their lives in the slightest, but here we are. At least this time the end of the story is a bit more heart-warming. Jaequan Faulkner, 13, set up a little food stand outside of his home in Minnesota to...CONTINUE READING
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Papa John’s founder used the n-word on a conference call

If you haven’t already, it’s probably time to reconsider your trash pizza alliance: According to a report from Forbes, John Schnatter, the founder and former CEO of Papa John’s, used the n-word during a conference call in May. The call, which was between Schnatter and executives from the marketing agency Laundry Service, was reportedly a...CONTINUE READING
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‘Pokémon’ skips airing an episode in the West where Ash does blackface

Pokémon kinda did a little bit of a blackface thing in a recent episode and Disney is not having it. The 64th episode of the latest Pokémon Sun and Moon television series is not airing in the West, probably because the main character, Ash Ketchum, got his face painted black so he could blend in...CONTINUE READING
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Scarlett Johansson apparently learned nothing from the ‘Ghost in the Shell’ controversy

It was a little over a year ago that Scarlett Johansson found herself embroiled in controversy over Ghost in the Shell, in which she plays a Japanese woman in a white woman’s (android) body. Now she and Ghost in the Shell director Rupert Sanders are catching heat again, for a new project that will have...CONTINUE READING
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New report finds abysmal diversity numbers among film directors in 2017

Organizations like Time’s Up are fighting long, hard battles against systemic discrimination in Hollywood. And a new study on the state of diversity among film directors shows not only how much work lies ahead, but how desperately needed these movements for change are. The Directors Guild of America (DGA) released its annual inclusion report for...CONTINUE READING
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‘Deadpool 2’ is the gayest superhero movie yet. That’s not saying much.

Spoilers ahead for Deadpool 2. With an R rating and a gleefully subversive attitude, Deadpool gave audiences a wild, violent, and raunchy good time that boasted everything from a flurry of severed limbs to a holiday-themed sex montage.  Now, its sequel tackles something often dodged by superhero movies: queer representation.  SEE ALSO: ‘Deadpool 2’ tries to have it...CONTINUE READING
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Starbucks apologizes for racial slur written on Latino customer’s cup

Less than two weeks before Starbucks is set to close its 8,000 company-owned stores for an afternoon of racial-bias training, the company issued yet another apology for a racist incident that occurred in one of its California stores. On Tuesday, at a Starbucks in La Cañada Flintridge, California, a Latino customer named Pedro reportedly had...CONTINUE READING
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