All tagged CULTURE

Racism, Sexism, and Jar Jar Binks: With Ahmed Best (Part 2)

On this episode, Ahmed Best and I continue our discussion about Star Wars. We talk about how the backlash Ahmed experienced is both similar and different to what Loan Tran (originally known to audiences as Kelly Marie Tran) experienced with The Last Jedi. We also talk about how excited we are for Andrew Gillum’s campaign for Governor in Florida and how we believe displaced Puerto Ricans might save us all. We love our Puerto Rican sisters and brothers!

Taylor Swift, Silicon Valley, & Fighting Sexual Harassment: With Tammy Cho

When Taylor Swift, one of the biggest celebrities in the world, has to fight tooth and nail against harassment, we know there’s a problem. Or how about Tig Notaro addressing the years long allegations against Louis CK? I still shudder to think about Ellen Pao, working incredibly hard to move up the ladder at work, only to be trapped on a plane with a CEO talking about porn. Then, she lost her case while the whole nation watched.

What We Can Learn From Charlottesville: With Summer Martin

On Saturday, an acquaintance of mine posted in a private Facebook group of which we’re both a part, that she was both angry and scared about the events in Charlottesville, VA. She’s an African-American woman in a group where the majority of the other women are white. The rest of the group told her we heard her, we support her, and we were scared by all of it too. But that didn’t feel good enough for me.

Moms In Film: With Heather Denton & Christy Lamb

The successes of Wonder Woman and Girls Trip are giving us a glimmer into what could happen when more women are included in film. One of the biggest hurdles to an equal playing field for us is how motherhood is handled by production behind the scenes and how it is depicted on-screen. I wanted to hear from my friend Heather Denton who has worked as an first and second assistant director on all kinds on films, including ones for Jill Soloway and Quentin Tarantino. She gives me the skinny on how she has managed motherhood with her career behind the camera and how she makes an effort to support female directors.