Kyla Dowling

  • September 9, 2017By Kyla Dowling

    While Marvel’s blockbuster movies are still relegating female characters to love interests and sidekicks, they are changing the narrative on their Netflix show The Defenders. You would think a series about a team that is three-fourths male would play out like the Avengers franchise (with the one woman forced into a romantic subplot while the … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/7-of-the-most-badass-female-heroes-from-marvels-the-defenders/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • July 3, 2017By Kyla Dowling

    The third season of Degrassi: Next Class ended on a heart-wrenching note (if you don’t count Tristan randomly asking to get pizza)— Katie Matlin saying that Maya had survived her suicide attempt and that’d she’d need all her friends by her side. On June 30th, the fourth season of Next Class aired exclusively on The … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/an-episode-by-episode-review-of-degrassi-next-class-season-four/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • May 31, 2017By Kyla Dowling

    It’s 2017 and an animated Snow White parody is promoting the message that fat = not beautiful. The movie, titled Red Shoes and the 7 Dwarfs, came under fire for a body-shaming advertisement. The ad shows two versions of Snow Whit e– one skinny, with Disney princess-type features, and one fat. The writing next to them … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/the-new-snow-white-parody-movie-sends-the-message-that-fat-not-beautiful/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • May 31, 2017By Kyla Dowling

    Phillipa Soo is magnetic. As sweet and dedicated Natasha (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812), kind and loving Eliza Schuyler Hamilton (Hamilton), and shy and whimsical Amelie Poulain (Amelie), she brings a beautiful voice and effortless charm to each part. Her most recent role was in Amelie, which closed at the Walter Kerr … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/happy-birthday-to-phillipa-soo-breaking-barriers-on-broadway/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • May 23, 2017By Kyla Dowling

    On Monday night, after Ariana Grande’s concert at Manchester Arena, a bomb went off. 22 people were killed and 59 people were injured. As people prayed for the victims and their families, one question was asked many times: “Where’s Ariana Grande in all this?” The answer? None of your business. Some of her fans died … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/can-we-please-leave-ariana-grande-alone/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • May 15, 2017By Kyla Dowling

    Seven year old Thomas Waller just wanted to enjoy a Wednesday production of Aladdin at the Cadillac Palace Theater in Chicago with his family. Instead, Thomas, who has autism, got kicked out for being “disruptive to the cast”.  His mother, Kathy, brought him into a hall as the rest of the family proceeded to watch the show. … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/broadways-aladdin-kicks-out-autistic-child-for-being-disruptive/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • May 15, 2017By Kyla Dowling

    Scandal, a much-beloved show created by the infamous Shonda Rhimes, is heavily rumoured be coming to an end after season seven. Scandal follows DC “fixer” Olivia Pope and her team as they navigate election riggings and presidential affairs. Though the show has taken a wild turn off the tracks in the past few seasons— evil … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/scandal-is-one-of-the-best-shows-for-representation-it-will-be-missed/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • May 12, 2017By Kyla Dowling

    If you haven’t heard about Miley Cyrus’ new song Malibu, you’re probably living under a rock. Long gone is the edginess that surrounded her last release (Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz)— instead, it’s replaced by aesthetically pleasing shots of beaches and a return to her roots (quite literally, actually). The song and the video … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/mileys-new-song-may-be-a-jam-but-that-doesnt-excuse-her-from-anything/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read