PoC News in America

The Superbowl has come and gone, but the hilarity of Key & Peele’s Richard Sherman & Marshawn Lynch interview sketch lives on forever. Read More PoC News in America

This Week in Misogyny has a #SolidarityHashtag

Are you ready for some misogyny? Yeah, me neither. But if we must… read on for an update on the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, to see why Jezebel made my list of terrible people, and for a healthy dose of venting courtesy of our friends at Pajiba. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny has a #SolidarityHashtag

Fish Tank and Folk Songs

Andrea Arnold’s second film, Fish Tank, is hailed for its gritty-realism, its claustrophobic portrayal of a young girl’s life at an Essex “council estate” (or “the projects” in the U.S.).  The film is heart-breaking and poignant, and a refreshing change from Hollywood movies in which rich people complain about rich people problems. Read More Fish Tank and Folk Songs

The Pain of Pleasure and the Pleasure of Pain

“But Reason can never be persuaded that the existence of a man who merely lives for enjoyment (however busy he may be in this point of view), has a worth in itself.” – Immanuel Kant, Critique of Judgement

In Shame (2011), Steve McQueen’s stunning follow up to his feature film debut – 2008’s Hunger – he shifts his focus from physical confinement to an emotional one, demonstrating along the way that the crush of addiction can be a prison unto itself. Read More The Pain of Pleasure and the Pleasure of Pain