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Asian Representation in Entertainment

July 9, 2020

Throughout history, Asian representation in the entertainment industry has been disturbingly small and stained by offensive caricatures.[1] Specifically, as of 2017, only 1% of all leading roles in Hollywood were played by Asian Americans,[2] and even those actors were subjected to unfair stereotyping that portrays Asians as “intelligent, hardworking, and ambitious” all of which typically … Read more…

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International Students: Protect Future Opportunities

July 9, 2020

The entertainment industry is built upon sharing disparate stories. Filmmakers, actors, production crews, etc. all come from different backgrounds and life-history. The immigrant narrative is one that cannot be lost. It is unique in its experience and is part of America’s story. People have migrated to the US to provide a better life for their … Read more…

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Unpacking Systemic Racism: Using Racial Wedging As A Tool

July 8, 2020

When unpacking systemic racism and oppression, you will not only realize that it is embedded in American institutions on a global scale, in microaggressions and prejudice on an individual scale, but it is also a tool that is used to pit different races and ethnicities against each other to once again prioritize the majority, in … Read more…

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Exposing People on Social Media

July 8, 2020

As stay at home orders begin to tighten once again, American’s best option for experiencing the outside world and staying connected to one another is through social media. A study showed that engagement over 30 different social media platforms has increased by 60%. 1 Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp use has increased by 50% in countries … Read more…

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Be an Active Agent of Change: Opportunity and Representation Matters

July 7, 2020

The Black Lives Matter movement and recent protests have demanded American citizens to grapple with the sad truth about our history, America was developed by, but not for, Black Americans and people of color. The process of learning about the gruesome truth of American history can be overwhelming for some, but we ask you to do … Read more…

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Disney and Gender Stereotypical Influence

July 7, 2020

Disney Princess films have provided great fun and entertainment to children everywhere since the early 1900s. Many gender studies show, however, that the classic films we all know and love have continually played a major role in reinforcing “long-standing gender stereotypes”– for both females and males.[1] Researchers seem to agree that Disney’s portrayal of women … Read more…

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Modern Day Blackface?

July 6, 2020

The Entertainment Industry and its respective players are increasingly becoming more aware of its responsibility to share Black stories, provide opportunities and represent Black voices both in front of and behind the camera (this includes actors, directors, storytellers, writers, etc.). As the Black Lives Matter Movement and recent protests have forced many Americans to confront their … Read more…

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“Normal” is Relative: Normal Is Familial Reunion in a Detainment Center

July 6, 2020

Times are changing, identities are being questioned and confronted, and people are getting uncomfortable. With protests demanding justice, COVID-19 cases spiking, and states such as Texas “pausing” it’s reopening, people are beginning to get restless and just want things to “get back to normal”. But what is this “normal” you speak of? For some, it is going … Read more…

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Black Women in the Film Industry

July 3, 2020

No other industry in America has been touched by so many diverse and talented trailblazers as the film industry. Although “Classic Hollywood” was primarily dominated by white male producers, directors, and actors, countless black women are among the most profound and courageous pioneers responsible for the film today.[1] Women such as Madeline Anderson, Julie Dash, … Read more…

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Taking the Hit: Women of Color are Disproportionately Impacted by Job Losses

July 3, 2020

Over thirty million men and women in the United States have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic.[1] As unemployment rates continue to soar, women, and notably women of color, have been disproportionately affected by changes in the job market. In fact, some economists have been driven to call the current crisis a “she-cession.”[2] Traditionally, … Read more…

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