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“Emerald City” is a Refreshing Take on Oz, But it’s Still Problematic

“Emerald City gets full marks for social commentary and diversity — including a Latina Dorothy and a black queen of Oz, but it’s not without its faults.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, March 2017.

Movies · Politics · Wear Your Voice Magazine

“Rogue One” is the Perfect Brutal Movie for a Collectively Bleak Future

“On the day I went to see Rogue One, Donald Trump tweeted, “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.” In spite of my best efforts, I couldn’t stop those words from clanging about my head as I watched a movie about the creation of a so-called planet-killer weapon. The metaphor of the Death Star representing nuclear proliferation was just too poignant and terrifying.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, Jan 2017.

Third Culture Kids · Wear Your Voice Magazine

Netflix’s “Sense8” Gives Us the Diverse Television We’ve Been Waiting For

“Sense8 is a veritable diversity and inclusivity bonanza, and will be a useful antidote as the current Nazi and white nationalistic rhetoric grows in response to a changing world that threatens white hetero male privilege. The Wachowskis make it look so easy to have a diverse, three-dimensional cast of different races, cultures, sexualities and genders. It makes me wonder why other showrunners make such a big deal about not doing it. As someone who has lived all over the planet, I’ve never experienced a show before that mirrors my own life and my own empathic connections to others.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, December 2016.

Expatria · Third Culture Kids · Trauma · Wear Your Voice Magazine

Dear Tim Burton: I’m Done With Your Racism

“Learning that people of color like me who have supported your work for almost 30 years don’t exist to you, don’t interest you and aren’t relevant to you is something beyond my comprehension. And that you’ve felt this way since you were a child makes me feel sick to my stomach for having idolized you and your art.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, October 2016.