Cultural commentary

Mattel releases Hijab Barbie

Last week, toy manufacturing company Mattel announced they would be releasing a new Barbie to their line — one that’s inspired by Muslim Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad and the first ever to wear a hijab.Continue...

#JusticeForJanet campaign is full of valid but misguided anger

Fast forward to 2017. Janet Jackson is currently on a world tour, but hasn’t released a platinum single — a song that’s sold one million copies or more — since 2004, the year of the halftime show. In this time, Timberlake has had nine.Continue...

The old Taylor Swift isn’t actually dead

Oh, you haven’t heard? The old Taylor can’t come to the phone because she’s dead — but is she actually?

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Commentary: a call for writing what you know

Good intentions abound as we continue to denigrate the minority experience in the arts.Continue...