By Scotti Morris The comics about sorcerer Steven Strange are heavily influenced by Asian themes, especially Chinese and Tibetan mythological elements. Thus, British actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s upcoming portrayal of the lead character in a new film adaptation earned Marvel heavy criticism on the grounds of inadequately casting an actor of color to take the role. Even more recently, Marvel Studios is facing heat due to … Continue reading Whitewashing: When Will Hollywood Learn?
By Scotti Morris The Academy Awards last night served as a platform diverse social commentaries ranging across sexual assault, climate change, and the inequality among races in the entertainment industry. Chris Rock hosted the ceremony and consistently addressed the lack of diversity of this year’s nominees in the acting category, opening with a quip that the Oscars was instead “White People’s Choice Awards.” While Rock emphasized … Continue reading The Oscars 2016: Big Stars and Big Messages
By Scotti Morris When people think of the Hollywood lifestyle, they do not consider that egregious acts, such as sexual assault, could impact or affect celebrities. Yet, pop singer Kesha, famous for her techno dance music, is currently being blacklisted by the music industry for speaking out against one of these offenses. Kesha faces a taunting choice: receive closure and justice for her sexual assault … Continue reading The Sinister Side of the Glitz Gambit: Sexual Assault in the Music Industry
By Adele Auguste The 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony offered a night of firsts for minority actors and actresses as both Viola Davis and Peter Dinklage left the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with high honors. Davis became the first African-American woman to win “Outstanding Leading Actress in a Drama Series” while Dinklage, a little person, won “Supporting Actor in a Drama.” Their respective … Continue reading Minorities shine in 2015 Emmys
BY MOLLIE SIMON In the upcoming fall television season, South Africa native Trevor Noah will take the stage to replace Jon Stewart as the host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. If he survives trial-by-Twitter that is. Right after his promotion to the gloried ranks of “hosthood” were announced, the Internet exploded with criticism over tweets he had sent which some called misogynistic and anti-Semitic. … Continue reading OPINION | Freedom of Speech, of the Press…and of Comedy?
BY KRISTY DAVIS On April 15th and 16th, multiple UGA student and alumni groups came together to present four screenings of “The Hunting Ground”, a documentary and exposé on rape and sexual assault on college campuses. The film addresses these issues at Ivy League schools, state universities, and small colleges, but makes its strongest cases against elite institutions such as Harvard and UNC-Chapel Hill. It also … Continue reading REVIEW | UGA Screens “The Hunting Ground” and Addresses the Inaction Towards Sexual Assault on College Campuses
BY VANILLA SHERRY 20º Fahrenheit. Epher sighed after she checked the temperature today. It was a cold . She finished planning today’s activities for Greenboro’s poor and unemployed people and then went to bathroom to take a shower for work. She turned on the shower, and felt the cold water hitting her as if she were in a storm. For just a moment, she missed … Continue reading SHORT-STORY | C’est La Vie (This Is Life)
BY CONNER BRYAN With only the information that Killer Mike was to be speaking, I arrived at Tate Theatre on Thursday April 2, thinking he would be discussing his music to advertise his show at the Georgia Theatre on April 4 as part of the rap duo (along with rapper/producer El-P) Run the Jewels. What I heard was nothing short of one of the best, … Continue reading Killer Michael Render Calls for Social Reform
BY CONNER BRYAN “Broad City”: A Bed Bath & Beyond-obsessed illustrator who works as a cleaner in a gym and a frenetic frizz-haired weed smoker who stores pot in her “nature’s pocket.” Drop these two women in New York City and you have the formula of Comedy Central’s new show, which is now in its second season. And the outcome? Success. Broad Appeal Mentioning the … Continue reading REVIEW | Two Broads: Bridging Gender Gaps of Humor, Culture and Success
BY KELCEY CAULDER On Saturday, March 21st the University of Georgia’s Caribbean Student Association (CaribSA) hosted Caribbean Night in downtown Athens’ Morton Theater. The event, one of the many Ethnic Nights presented by International Student Life (ISL) organizations, featured both dinner and a play entitled “Not Enough.” According to Kiersten Willis, CaribSA’s secretary and social media manager, the group had been preparing for Saturday’s event … Continue reading REVIEW | Caribbean Night Addresses Cultural Awareness