Timeless Premiere: Is NBC’s (Sorta-Diverse) Time Travel Drama Worth the Hype?

Timeless premiered on Monday! Know how I knew that? Because it feels like NBC has been advertising nothing but Timeless for weeks. TV ads, giant webpage displays, you name it. For some reason, NBC seems very invested in me watching Timeless… Mondays at 10pm on NBC. So I figured, why not? I love history. I’m a … More Timeless Premiere: Is NBC’s (Sorta-Diverse) Time Travel Drama Worth the Hype?

Instead of Tithing at Church, I Donated to the Orlando Shooting & LGBT Causes

Sunday morning, I woke up — as many of us did — to the news that 50 people had been killed, and 53 more people injured, in Orlando, Florida. It’s the most casualties in any mass shooting in U.S. history. The shooter is believed to have ties to Islamic extremism. The victims were at a Pulse, a gay nightclub. A religious … More Instead of Tithing at Church, I Donated to the Orlando Shooting & LGBT Causes

I’m Sure You’re Not Racist or Anything, But…

This past weekend, I attended the graduation ceremony of a private university. And parents sitting in the row behind me made repeated racially-motivated comments over the course of the ceremony. This wasn’t anything I expected to hear. Coming from Seattle, I don’t encounter much undisguised, in-your-face racism. In a stereotypically liberal city like mine, racially-based prejudice … More I’m Sure You’re Not Racist or Anything, But…

Let’s NOT Talk About Race: How Pop Culture is Minimizing Macklemore’s White Privilege II

Yesterday, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released “White Privilege II”–a song about the reality of white privilege and racism in the U.S. It’s a song about how white pop culture loves to use the music, clothes, dances and culture of African Americans … but dismisses the #BlackLivesMatter movement and don’t seem to care about injustice against people … More Let’s NOT Talk About Race: How Pop Culture is Minimizing Macklemore’s White Privilege II

Macklemore’s White Privilege II: Will We Finally Listen?

Macklemore’s new song, White Privilege II. If you’ve heard it, you probably have a very strong opinion about it. That’s okay. You were meant to. This song is designed to make people talk about racism in America. It’s not perfect. But it’s meant to get people talking. In short, the Seattle rapper’s argument is: We take all we want … More Macklemore’s White Privilege II: Will We Finally Listen?

The Refugee Crisis: I Want to Help! (If It’s Easy…)

$65.85. I winced as the cashier read my total. I was about to spend $65.85 on a bunch of things I didn’t even get to keep. Cringing slightly, I swiped my credit card. Was I really spending that much? I knew it was for a good cause. But spending $65.85 really didn’t feel fair. Right now, my church is collecting household supplies … More The Refugee Crisis: I Want to Help! (If It’s Easy…)

How TV’s “The Flash” is Subverting Stereotypes (Also: Star Wars!)

If you’ve seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there’s a good chance that at some point, you’ve thought, “Huh, I wonder what the guy who plays Luke Skywalker has been up to.” Right now, Star Wars‘ Mark Hamill is taking a villainous turn as The Trickster, a super-criminal on CW’s The Flash…which just so happens to be … More How TV’s “The Flash” is Subverting Stereotypes (Also: Star Wars!)