The Invisibility of the White Race

It was recently announced that Noma Dumezweni would be playing the role of Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a play based on the Harry Potter series. Continue reading

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“Check your White Priviledge”

Apart from those which are made with more than just entertainment in mind, very few TV shows I’ve seen have addressed race in a manner that doesn’t try to make light of the issue. That is why I was really excited when Grey’s Anatomy, one of my favorite shows, decided it was time to talk about the implications of race in the workplace. Continue reading

Yes, Ameri-‘can’… But Please, Ameri-don’t

Originally, this post aimed to reflect on detrimental acts of cultural appropriation that are often overlooked, or ignored altogether, when the appropriator is of a certain race and/or social standing (a celebrity, for instance). In light of the recent events unfolding on this and other institutions, however, we would like to use this space to discuss a popular Western holiday during which such acts are not only overwhelmingly abundant, to the point of being ubiquitous, but also, as it appears, encouraged. We are, of course, talking about Continue reading

A New Shad(y) On Cultural Appropriation

Lauryn Hill, Run-DMC, Nas, Tupac Shakur, and the Notorious B.I.G.

For many, these names exemplify the best of a musical genre known as hip-hop. As an amalgamation of the blues, reggae, jazz, and spoken word poetry, hip-hop 1) represents a momentous artistic achievement for the African American community and 2) has become an integral part of black culture in the United States. At its origin, hip-hop allowed minorities to engage in critical discussions through means not easily satisfied by any other musical genre. As seen through songs such as “Changes”, by Tupac and “Hard Knock Life” by Jay-Z, hip-hop can be used as the impetus for serious discussions critiquing the United States’ political and socioeconomic systems. In recent media, there has been a plethora of questions raised about its appropriation by white artists. Continue reading