Black culture has long had a strong influence on everything we consume, especially on social media. It’s not hard to see how people try to emulate Black traits on social media – it’s seen through stan accounts only using Black people in gifs or people tweeting or producing videos where they are speaking in AAVE.
Take thirty seconds to name as many major Asian characters on the American small screen as you can. Got a list? Good. Now subtract any characters that are/have tiger moms (sorry, Jessica Huang!), have a thick foreign accent (remember Apu from The Simpsons?), or fall under any other toxic Asian stereotypes. How many characters do
The majority of teenagers grew up watching classic Disney shows like Lizzie McGuire, Hannah Montana and Even Stevens. These shows are all centered around white families and white characters, so it was particularly hard for people of color, like myself, to find a fair representation of our own culture and race on television. However, there
As alternative rock band AWOLNATION has caught the public eye (or should I say ear) for their unique sound and catchy songs, their hit “Sail” left many individuals with learning disabilities feeling misrepresented, offended, and upset. The lyrics of the song depict a depressed and dark outlook on a failing relationship and continuously express this
Warning: Sense8 spoilers ahead! It’s not every day you find a brown woman portrayed with actual nuance on mainstream television. This is part of a representation problem encountered by almost every ethnic/marginalised minority on-screen – a problem steeped in incompleteness, narrowness and stereotypes. But the recently-cancelled (alas!) Netflix show Sense8, a series that has been
Spoken word is a word-based performance art that focuses on voice inflection along with diction. Recently, there has been a large push for spoken word poetry with YouTube channels like Button Poetry and a plethora of other recorded performances. Due to the fact the audience can hear the emotion in the presenter’s voice, spoken word is extremely
When I read about someone doing a Death Note live action remake last year, I was afraid. I never had much confidence in remakes of my favorite animes and cartoons, especially after the disaster that was the Last Airbender. As I was reading the article, I was confused when I read that Light Yagami (now