It Matters That the ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Cast Wasn’t Invited to the Oscars

Pretty much everyone already expected the Dolby Theatre to be full of white faces on Feb. 28 for the 88th Academy Awards. There barely being any people of color in the award nominees and the resulting boycotts and public criticisms of the Academy by those same forgotten faces made that pretty clear. But, due to a stipulation concerning who makes it onto the invite list in the first place, it looks like the boycotts are going to gain some more supporters.

Whether You Like It Or Not, “White Privilege II” Is A Required Listen

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s music has never really drawn me in. Initially, I admit it was because the public was so strongly against it I didn’t feel the need. Even when I decided to think for myself and checked out The Heist on my own, there wasn’t much to make me want to revisit it; but that’s just my personal preference. However, the latest controversial song from the Seattle-bred duo, entitled “White Privilege II,” appears to be an exception.

Nate Parker’s ‘The Birth of A Nation’ Couldn’t Have Come At A Better Time

Nate Parker’s The Birth of A Nation, a film telling the story of Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion, recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim. The attention was so sudden that there was a bidding war the very next morning that ended when Fox Searchlight, the same studio that released 12 Years a Slave, bid $17.5 million to distribute it, according to Indiewire.

‘SNL’ Roasts Undiverse Oscars in Funny ‘All The White Guys’ Sketch

It’s been two embarrassing years for the Academy Awards on the diversity front. Not only was #OscarsSoWhite a needed slogan last year, but it’s even more justified this year as, once again, no actors or actresses of color were nominated for a single award. To bring some humor to the situation, as well as some additional criticism through satire, NBC’s Saturday Night Live played off of the moment in a recent sketch.

Four Podcasts That Helped With My Anxiety

Had I known that listening to strangers talk about random things would help with my anxiety, I would have started long ago.

At the beginning of Winter Break, I was in a particularly low depressive bout and had been off medication for about three months. To avoid any potential triggers, and because generally the radio is less than satisfactory, I’d been driving around in silence. That got old quickly, so I decided to give a listen to The Read, a podcast many of my friends have loved and suggested for years despite my constant dismissal.