“Something I’m really proud of is that this record talks about emotions that are hard to talk about or aren’t really socially acceptable, especially for girls: anger, ­jealousy, spite, sadness” — Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo is a force to be reckoned with. “Guess you didn’t mean what you wrote in that song about me”, sings the 18-year-old in her smash-hit single, ‘drivers license’. Her appeal being: she means exactly what she wrote in that song about you; authentic emotions are intermingled with a potent voice, giving her an edge. …


The Princess And The Frog (2010) | Disney

The Princess & The Frog’ has been my favourite movie for years. I vividly remember feeling mesmerised watching its premiere in cinema; seeing someone who looked like me — like my mom & grandmothers on screen was magical and rare and everything that 7-year-old me clung to. Combine this with beautiful animation and a catchy soundtrack, and it had me sold.

But as the saying goes, “once is chance, twice is coincidence, third time is a pattern”. And Disney has a pattern — turning POC characters into animals. While I love ‘The Princess & The Frog’, it’s hard to watch…


“We tend to talk about race inequality as separate from inequality based on gender, class, sexuality or immigrant status. What’s often missing is how some people are subject to all of these, and the experience is not just the sum of its parts” — Kimberley Crenshaw

‘Moxie’ could have been a good movie. The premise was promising; Vivian, a teenager disillusioned by her misogynistic school creates an anonymous pro-feminist zine. Inspired by her Mom’s participation in the ‘riot grrrl’ movements of the 90’s and the new girl, Lucy’s defiance against misogyny, she becomes a force for change.

Despite engaging messages…


With the rise of the Internet, GIFs and reaction pictures have been vital to communication in digital spaces. However, a common pattern across a large portion of these images is how frequently Black people are used as a meme — with no context, and no consideration of the way this affects perceptions of Black people today.

While Blackface has its roots in 1800’s minstrel shows which used Black caricatures as entertainment, digital blackface is a relatively new concept. Defined as the usage of memes of Black people by non-Black people to express emotional reactions, the surge of the digital world…


‘In The Heights’, the Broadway Musical turned movie has been one of my most anticipated releases for this year. I’ve been looking forward to it since its announcement – both ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ were projects I had enjoyed, and so I had faith in this adaptation. Giving a voice to underrepresented communities is incredibly vital; but the issue with ‘In The Heights’ is its blatant erasure of the Black communities that shape Washington Heights itself.

When asked about the colourism issue of ‘In The Heights’, Director John M. Chu said: “I think that’s a really good conversation…


We Are Lady Parts | Peacock

Call me a pessimist, but I have become wholeheartedly apprehensive about Muslim representation in any form. Mainstream media doesn’t tend to favour us — we are either the oppressed or the terrorists, no in between. Unfortunately, being perceived through the lens of non-Muslims with virtually no real understanding of the religion has become a gateway to the othering of Muslims. …


hot girl summer: “To be you, just having fun. Turning up, driving the boat and not giving a damn about what nobody’s saying.” – Megan Thee Stallion

Hot girl summer is in full swing. Coined by rapper Megan Thee Stallion in 2019, it’s rapidly reached mainstream media – and my TikTok ‘for you page’. And for good reason; hot girl summer embraces being unapologetic in every sense of the word. With her army of “hotties”, Megan Thee Stallion has built an empire.

But as with many black women in the media, alongside the praise and (3x-Grammy-award-winning) success, Megan has been…


Sean Lee | Unsplash

Let me paint you a picture: it’s June 2020. Various white celebrities (some with deeply racist pasts) have just discovered racism actually exists. Amidst calls to “open your purse and take action”, if you will, what do they do? Post a 24-hour IG story. Maybe a tone-deaf 30 second video, seemingly shocked that systemic racism wasn’t solved by Kendall Jenner’s 2017 Pepsi Ad. …

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