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‘The White Lotus’ And Why Whiteness Cannot Truly Critique Itself

The reason “The White Lotus” can’t fully commit to its critique on whiteness and power is simply because then white people wouldn’t watch it. By Ebony Purks HBO’s latest hit series The White Lotus aired its sixth and last episode on Aug. 15. Many viewers (particularly viewers of color) were left with a lingering dissatisfaction...

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‘Lovecraft Country’ Could Be The Massive “Fuck You” Racist H.P. Lovecraft Deserves

Racism and xenophobia were integral to the creation of H.P. Lovecraft’s cosmic horror, and HBO’s ‘Lovecraft Country’ could subvert that. H.P. Lovecraft inspired many of our most popular modern storytellers, such as Guillermo del Toro, John Carpenter, and Stephen King. His writing and imagination have undeniably had a significant impact on the horror and sci-fi...

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Michaela Coel And Netflix’s Problem With Empowered Black Women

Michaela Coel turned down Netflix’s offer because she recognized her worth. She questioned the ways they planned on exploiting her and found a better plan. People always say to “know your worth.” “Recognize your value.” “Stand in your power.” “Don’t settle for anything less than you deserve.” But this always turns into a public debate...

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How The Male Gaze Sabotages ‘Euphoria’

‘Euphoria’ became dependent on hypersexualizing female characters and weakened their storylines. This essay contains minor spoilers for HBO’s “Euphoria”  By Melanie Ojwang HBO’s new hit series “Euphoria” has been lauded by many for its structural creativity and its genuine, but explicit, view into teen life in the suburbs. The story follows Rue, a 17-year old...

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Daenerys Was Always A Narcissistic, Power-Hungry Colonizer

Dany’s descent into genocidal horror was an undeveloped turn of events, not an undeserved one. By Nylah Burton This essay contains spoilers for HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and discussion of r/pe On the latest episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Daenerys Targaryen, also called Dany, shocked viewers by laying waste to King’s Landing via dragonfire...

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We’re Not Shocked That The Golden Globes Lacked in Representation

While the majority of the nominees and winners reflected a very white ideal within the entertainment industry, there were some powerful wins. By Thelma Rose The 75th Golden Globes saw women taking representation and resources for non-men into their own hands with,  #TIMESUP, an organization and initiative aimed at providing resources for victims of harassment...

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‘Insecure’ Season 2 Recap: Hella Frustrated

Needless to say, we are hella excited for Insecure season three. WARNING — Insecure spoilers ahead By Rachael Edwards HBO’s  Insecure wrapped up its sophomoric season last night. Fans are wavering on whether or not the show ended on its best foot. This was a season that was frustrating and made me throw my phone...