What Everyone Missed About Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone

With the pending release of Nina, noted intellectuals, journalists and storytellers are weighing in on the film's casting of Zoe Saldana, a black Latina, as Nina Simone. The arguments center on colorism, erasure, appropriation and lackluster storytelling, but no time has been given to understanding Saldana's perspective and experience as a woman of color. This understanding will not explain … Continue reading What Everyone Missed About Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone

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Understanding Zola’s Empathy

Reading Anna Pulley's, "The Zola Show and Why It Was Hard to Look Away" I am not only baffled by her conclusion but also angered. Pulley explores many angles of Zola's twitter stripper-hoe narrative: social media responses, narrative style, sex-worker script, race, cultural desensitivity, story ownership and story veracity. She also acknowledges that, "we see depictions … Continue reading Understanding Zola’s Empathy

Will Kyrgios’ Sledge Push the Tennis Culture Forward?

In "Sledging Nick Kyrgios Shunned by Fellow Players due to his distasteful Sledge to Stan Wawrinka" Ben Rothenberg reports on tennis' most recent controversy. On August 12, 2015 during the Roger’s Cup in Montreal, Nick Kyrgios turned away from Stan Wawrinka and mumbled, “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that mate.” Like most of Ben's pieces, this … Continue reading Will Kyrgios’ Sledge Push the Tennis Culture Forward?