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When Life Doesn’t Give You Lemons, Let the Crocodile Tears Flow

An Open Letter to White People

Cassandra Pilla 29.04.16

Everyone’s talking about it, so how can we ignore it? This week in “controversial” news: Beyoncé dropped her visual album Lemonade. The response has been huge, and with the release came the backlash from white people against Beyoncé. Several “celebrities” have come out to speak about Lemonade as a very controversial and discomforting piece of music media – I’m looking at you, Piers Morgan  and Iggy Azalea!

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Beyond Home and a Name

Rachele Megna 21.03.2016

Last summer, debates took place over which title would be most appropriate to attribute to those individuals who reach, legally or otherwise, the shores of Europe, after having fled from their home countries. Continue reading “Beyond Home and a Name”

The Solution to Brazil’s Gun Violence: Easing Gun Laws?

Victoria Marie Page. 18.02.2016.

In 2014 an estimated 60,000 people were murdered in Brazil, one of the highest murder rates in the world. The majority of murders were by firearms and the majority of victims were young, male and identified as black. The solution proposed to congress has been to ease gun restrictions. The proposed Bill would see the age of gun ownership lowered from 25 to 21 years old and would give “citizens” a right to own guns to protect their property. Continue reading “The Solution to Brazil’s Gun Violence: Easing Gun Laws?”

The Revenant Fails to Represent

Carmina Ravanera and Cassandra Pilla. 27.01.2016

The Revenant is one of the most buzzworthy movies this season, with all the talk of the bear attack, Leo’s Oscar bait, and its beautiful aesthetics. It follows the story of frontiersman Hugh Glass and his quest for revenge after being abandoned and left to die by his companions in 19th century South Dakota. Continue reading “The Revenant Fails to Represent”

On Television Whiteness

Carmina Ravanera. 16.01.2016

A lot of memories come up when I think of my childhood: summer vacations canoeing on Ontario lakes, being really proud of the mural I painted in sixth grade, endless hours spent with Play-Doh, and watching TV and wondering why everyone was white, and why I wasn’t. Continue reading “On Television Whiteness”

‘Terror’ Today and Hannah Arendt’s ‘Totalitarianism’

Victoria Marie Page. 16.01.2016

Terror – a feeling of extreme fear. A person who uses extreme fear for political purposes – a terrorist. These definitions are conceptually broad yet contextually narrow. A “terrorist”, a Muslim – “Arab” in origin, potentially born on European soil, but “radicalised” in the Middle East – this is the embodied image that the media and politicians espouse. Continue reading “‘Terror’ Today and Hannah Arendt’s ‘Totalitarianism’”

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