Michelle Krusiec (left) and Joan Chen (right)

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In my nightly habit of spending hours searching for a movie to watch, I ended up on Amazon Prime again, weeding through their own studio-produced films to find something. I hate to admit it, but they actually have a great indie film selection. If you have the time (and patience), peruse it. After much indecision, I found myself in a déjà vu moment. Have you ever come across a movie that you’ve seen before but ultimately…

As it is Women’s History Month, it would be a shame not to talk about the impact of women filmmakers on our cultural milieu. Women have always been making films, but they may not be as accessible as the mainstream. Yet, their stories can still be praised for paving a way around the notorious Hollywood boys’ club. Chloé Zhao of Nomadland (2020) recently made history this past year for being the second woman and first Asian woman to win Best Director at the Golden Globes.

Chloé Zhao (Source).

Chloé Zhao deserves celebration for this achievement, but it still highlights the shameful letdown of…

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When I first heard of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, I was in sophomore English and our teacher (one of few) was focusing on Black American writers. It is one of August Wilson’s notable award-winning plays. Our class had a chance to both read excerpts of the play and listen to the song. The importance of Blues legacies was central to both American history and Black culture. Ma Rainey, the eponym of this fictional play, was very much a real Blues icon. This was right around the time Black Lives Matter received national momentum, and the…

Earlier this year, the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Monika Diamond, and many other trans and gender-nonconforming individuals that didn’t make the headlines, brought Black Lives* Matter heavily into the mainstream. Businesses, institutions, and communities all over the world began re-evaluating their representation. Statements poured out declaring anti-racism and condemning white supremacy. Liberal celebrities celebrated one another for their “wokeness” and distinguished themselves from the next racist by posting “tear-jerking” #BlackLivesMatter videos (yes, I’m looking at you, Ashton Kutcher). …

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