Cultural commentary

Emo rap needs to end

Today, emo music dominates pop culture as emo rap: joylessly auto-tuned rap songs about numbing pain with drugs, and often sung by face-tattooed men with more criminal charges than they have hits.Continue...

A Star is Born romanticizes toxic relationships

Although Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born achieved widespread praise for its heart-wrenching story and talented cast, its reaction risks glossing over the conspicuous presence of toxic relationships.Continue...

The royal wedding of Princess Eugenie showcased celebrity glamour

A lot of people—my peers included—think the royal family doesn’t deserve all the press attention. As someone who woke up before sunrise to make tea and scones for Princess Eugenie’s recent royal wedding, I’m here to tell you the fashion, drama, and romance of the royal family is more entertaining than any season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians .Continue...

The Predator earns its name

Director Shane Black’s decision to hire his friend, a convicted sex offender, as an actor marred the glitz and glamour of the red carpet opening for his film The Predator at TIFF.Continue...

A case for realistic female characters

On International Women’s Day, it’s time for us to reevalute what we call a strong female literary character.Continue...

Why I didn't let myself go to Hedley's Kingston concert

Imagine if your hero, idol or celebrity crush was accused of doing something completely hateful and immoral — like committing sexual assault.Continue...

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...

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