Pop Culture

Point/Counterpoint: Is iced coffee an appropriate cold weather drink?

Crisp autumn days will soon turn into blinding flurries of early snowstorms, and there’s one thing I’m dreading the most: the judgmental stares of onlookers as I sip on my delicious, sweet, ice-cold coffee.Continue...

Remembering Chadwick Boseman

When we mourn Chadwick Boseman’s passing, we mourn the loss of a powerful Black actor whose work helped to shape Black representation in film over the last decade.Continue...

It’s your last chance to get caught up with the Kardashians

Earlier this month, the Kardashians announced their hit reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, will finally be ending its 14-year run in early 2021.Continue...

Where is the humour in sexualizing male celebrities?

From criticizing Kim Kardashian for ‘breaking the internet’ with nudity to praising male celebrities for posing shirtless, the bodies of male and female stars are treated drastically differently. In the age of social media, the double standards surrounding the sexualization of male celebrities appears is even more evident.Continue...

Let's get down to business: the live-action ‘Mulan’ disappoints

Disney’s new live-action Mulan is an overtly white interpretation of Chinese culture and a subpar adaptation of its animated antecedent, disappointing its $200 million production budget—and fans—on both fronts.Continue...

The problem with gender reveals doesn’t stop at forest fires

On Canada’s West Coast, smoke from forest fires in California, Oregon, and Washington has drifted up north to create hazy skies and some of the worst air quality British Columbia has ever seen.Continue...

How the new Best Picture criteria fits into the Oscars’ diversity problem

In January 2015, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the list of nominees for that year’s Oscars. In the four acting categories, all 20 nominations went to white actors.Continue...

If we’re tired of celebrities, what do we need award shows for?

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards were streamed to our living rooms on Aug. 30. A socially distanced event that had been largely pre-taped, the award show was a new frontier for the entertainment industry in a pandemic-adapted world.Continue...

On ‘Indian Matchmaking,’ Sima Aunty knows best. Or does she?

Following its premiere on Netflix several weeks ago, Indian Matchmaking has remained a topic of conversation in and surrounding the South Asian community.Continue...

This September, let’s examine ‘simping’

You’ve probably heard of ‘cuffing season’: in the colder months, the desire to snuggle through the winter with a partner becomes hard to resist, and more and more of your friends start changing their relationship status from ‘single’ to ‘taken.’ Suddenly, your group of friends has diminished to you and that other girl who also has commitment issues and likes to watch The Bachelor .Continue...

‘The Umbrella Academy’ is back with a better apocalypse

The first season of The Umbrella Academy ended with the Hargreeves siblings hurling themselves through space and time in a desperate bid to save themselves—and the world—from a devastating apocalypse.Continue...

Don’t cancel ‘cancel culture’

Cancel culture, like anything else, shouldn’t be exempt from criticism. But in calling for it to disappear, writers are participating in the same trend they were so quick to denounce.Continue...

How COVID-19 has impacted entertainment

From the onset of the spread of COVID-19 into North America to now, there’s been a stark change in the way the entertainment industry operates.Continue...

The complexities of race and motherhood scorch the screen in Little Fires Everywhere

I binged all eight episodes of Little Fires Everywhere in two days and marveled at the intelligence and artistry of the show for weeks after.Continue...

Looking at recent posthumous rap albums: Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke

Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon and Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die dropped in July of this summer. Both works come after the deaths of their respective artists.Continue...

Call it what you want, “WAP” is overdue

“WAP,” the highly anticipated collaboration between Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, has set tongues wagging over its explicit lyrics and raunchy music video.Continue...

The conflicting sides of 'Hamilton'

The much-anticipated Disney+ release of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s mega-hit Hamilton landed in our living rooms amidst a confluence of global, political, and social justice movements.Continue...

Don’t roll the credits on the movie theatre experience

I saw Avengers: Endgame , the highest-grossing film of 2019, in a packed theatre. I'm a casual fan of the Marvel franchise, but I still remember the moment the audience burst into wild cheers when—spoiler alert—Captain America summoned Thor's hammer. It was hard not to be swept up in the excitement of the crowd that showed up that night, which was the whole reason I wanted to be there.Continue...

'365 Days' is alarming, not sexy

Have you been thinking about sitting down to watch 365 Days? My advice: don’t.Continue...

How police television shows contribute to 'copaganda'

Cop media wrongly idealizes the police, regardless of how diverse it gets.Continue...

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