Hollywood’s Awards Season Fascination with Rape and Sexual Abuse

by Winnie M Li  Content warning: includes references to rape and sexual abuse A few months ago at the Golden Globes, Isabelle Huppert won a Golden Globe for playing a rape survivor, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson won for playing a rapist-murderer. While subsequent awards shows haven’t panned out the same way, both actors continue to be lauded… Read More

The Met Gala has become too tame, we need fresh designers to bring it back to life

by Tshego ‘Red’ Mosiane  The Met Gala — formally known as the Costume Institute Gala — is fundamentally an annual fundraising gala for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute which doubles as the grand opening for that year’s Costume Institute fashion exhibit at the museum but since collaborating with Vogue it has become fashion’s… Read More

The new Jungle Book tries to bypass racism by erasing identities altogether

by Rajeev Balasubramanyam  George Orwell called Rudyard Kipling ‘the prophet of British imperialism… morally insensitive and aesthetically disgusting.’ And yet eighty years after Kipling’s death, Disney’s adaption of his Jungle Books (itself a remake of the 1967 original) has become a global success and the second highest grossing film of this month. Have we really progressed… Read More

Hollywood and the ‘R’ Word

by Rajeev Balasubramanyam  Chris Rock did it. He used the ‘R-word’. ‘Here’s the real question,’ he said on Oscar night. ‘The real question everybody wants to know…: Is Hollywood racist? Is Hollywood racist?’ He said it twice. And then he answered it. ‘You’re damn right Hollywood is racist. But it ain’t that racist that you’ve… Read More

The future of on-screen diversity – black-led projects can show the way

By Anthony Comber-Badu  ‘How many black faces do you see on the BBC?’ was my parents’ first question when I told them I had decided to pursue a career in broadcasting. Diversity in media and broadcasting, and particularly the issue of opportunity for people of colour, has been a recurring issue for decades. Tonight’s Oscar… Read More

Creed: When Mainstream Cinema Has A Black Lens

by Shane Thomas  This review contains spoilers. Last summer, I was talking with a friend about Dear White People, and its lead, Tessa Thompson. The conversation led us to her IMDB page, where we discovered her next outing would be in Creed; yet another movie in the Rocky series. We rolled our eyes at what… Read More

“Sorry, sir, I’m here, and I would like some cake too, please!”

by Fan Sissoko  Not so long ago, I was in a mood. The kind of mood that sticks your bones to your sofa and has you craving childhood. I watched Home, a Dreamworks movie about a little girl who meets an alien. It made me laugh. And it made me cry. Empathically cry. Cry like… Read More

Why Aziz Ansari Has Destroyed My Chances, And Why He Is So So Important

by Arnab Chanda Throughout my life, even though we’ve never met, Aziz Ansari has consistently beaten me to the punch. It’s becoming a theme. A sometimes very annoying theme. Although, for various reasons I’ll discuss below, I do believe he has been the most important Indian comedy actor in the past 10 years. In his… Read More

Imagined: Lupita Nyong’o as Cleopatra (and other film remakes we would love to see)

by Shane Thomas CONTENT NOTE: This piece contains plot spoilers, and some of the embedded links are NSFW. With the news that Ghostbusters is to be remade with an all-female cast, I’ve been pondering the topic of movie remakes. For some, the notion of remaking a heralded story from the past is creative heresy. However, I’ve never been… Read More

It’s not that Azealia Banks and Kanye dislike Iggy and Beck, they may just care too much

by Ali M Latifi From Ferguson to debates of Islamophobia, to the continued mass detentions of migrants on Manus Island, to Azealia Banks to Kanye West, throughout much of the last year, we have all, at one time or another had to bear witness to the dangers of marginalisation. As in years past, entire communities had… Read More