Cult Plastic gives a run-down and some of us (namely me) discover that Ariana Grande is not actually Latinx, with an excellent discussion on how appropriating blackness is used to widen the appeal of white pop stars (h/t @rrpivet).
I especially found it interesting that the contributor’s friend is an acclaimed musician (Will Wiesenfeld, Baths) but HuffPo seemed more interested in their personal connection because of a possible hot/unusual take in regards to what we can find ‘attractive’?
After the Freeplay 2018 festival and conference this last weekend, it was interesting to read about how the public and individuals think of and use space/s, and interestingly, Japan engages with its transit system’s uses and related spaces very differently to that of Australia, and perhaps other Asian countries and cities. Fascinating stuff! People collecting stamps that are unique to each train station for the mere joy and fun of it?! And stations having distinct ‘boarding’ melodies, of seven-second duration!
Read more (please note that this does discuss suicide and methods of execution) – Citylab – the amazing psychology of Japanese train stations
This might be something we picked up from academia, the idea that discussing an issue is somehow on par with solving it, or at least beginning the process. A panel on diversity is like a panel on world peace.
- Man Booker Prize author Marlon James on diversity
Read more, in relation specifically to diversity panels and the Sydney Writers’ Festival: diversity in media: all talk, no action? by Virat Nehru
Some incisive commentary on Childish Gambino, aka. Donald Glover’s audience, narratives and perceptions from the viewpoint of a black disabled femme writer, Jazmine Joyner, with a bold opening statement:
Childish Gambino truly made a video for the white voyeurs of black death.
Keen to see further commentary and analysis about how other black creatives are producing similar work (e.g. Janelle Monáe in ‘PYNK’, Beyoncé in ‘Formation’), and how (or why) media chooses who to examine in detail.
Pakistani-American teen Kamala Khan, the main character in G. Willow Wilson’s comic serial Ms. Marvel will mean a Muslim superhero on the big screen – I so wished she existed when I was a (note: raised Roman Catholic) teen! In the meantime, there’s eight volumes of collected trade paperbacks to get stuck into while waiting impatiently…