The Representation of Female Superheroes in Hollywood Movies

Featured Image: MovieMania The representation of superheroes in movies has been questioned by audiences and critics for a long time. The stereotypes, unattainable body standards, and use of certain characters have shaped the way moviegoers perceive these characters. Perhaps the biggest concern for people about these movies is the way female superheroes are represented, and…

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On the Music Industry: Interview with Mia Van Allen, Founder of Color of Music Collective

Featured Illustration: Abbie Winters Color of community, Color of pride, Color of diversity, Color of empowerment. Color of Music Collective. Tell your story.  George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are more than ghosts and remnants of a social media trend and have proven to be an important catalyst in the Black Lives Matter Movement. This has…

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Interview with Award-Winning Film Director Viktoria I.V. King: Black Lives MATTER

Featured Image: IMDB It has been nearly 100 days since the death of George Floyd sparked worldwide protests, both in outrage of the system that has repeatedly failed to protect the rights of the people and in solidarity with those fighting for their voices to be heard. Although the news coverage for Black Lives Matter…

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How Idol Dramas Changed the 21st Century Asian Media Landscape

In many ways, media is a reflection of the world we live in and the cultures with which we surround ourselves. One important piece of this reflection is television, where episodic works are presented in people’s living rooms around the world, shaping daily conversations and, in some cases, redefining an entire media landscape. In Asia,…

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“Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen”: A Closer Look at Hollywood’s Depiction of Transgender Lives

Popular culture is a crucial source we constantly draw from to configure our perception of self and others. This makes looking at projected narratives from a critical standpoint of the utmost importance, as media portrayals can be just as empowering and enlightening as they can be detrimental and misleading. Our dependence on the media to…

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Embracing Loneliness through Escapism in Animal Crossing

Unless you’ve been living quietly in the mountains since this pandemic started (which, kudos to you, sounds like a great idea), you’ve probably heard of a game called “Animal Crossing.” Maybe you’ve also heard of a certain Raymond, an office cat with heterochromia who absolutely everyone seems to be in love with, and if you’re…

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National Obsession: Tales of the Homewrecker

Infidelity is commonly regarded as taboo, a dirty little secret made for dimly lit corners of public spaces or encrypted online conversations. This is somewhat the basis of its appeal: the thrill of trying not to get caught, and the succeeding confidence boost that comes with obtaining something one isn’t meant to have. But here…

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National Obsession: The Dark Side of Filipino Love Teams

The Filipino language takes pride in its wide collection of “untranslatable” words. But the most intriguing one of them all has to be kilig. When you ask someone to explain what the term means, they almost always pause to collect their thoughts, attempt to link the feeling to physical sensations — butterflies in the stomach,…

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Ava DuVernay’s “13th” Explained

Directed by Ava DuVernay, 13th is a documentary that explores the thirteenth amendment of the constitution. This 1965 amendment abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime. DuVernay’s film examines how Black US citizens are still discriminated against through mass incarceration. Garnering many positive reviews by film critics, 13th received high praise, even earning an…

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