Media & Culture

Analyzing how race is shaped through media and pop culture.

The Value of Building Community Power Through Research
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The Value of Building Community Power Through Research

Participatory Action Research can help build the collective power needed to create more liberatory futures of social justice and equity.

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2400 1600 Beloved Community
No, Gwen Stefani, You Aren’t Japanese
A busy street in Tokyo, Japan, at night with bright vertically long signage on buildings lighting the sky.

No, Gwen Stefani, You Aren’t Japanese

In a recent interview, singer Gwen Stefani responds to a question about her cultural appropriation past by claiming a fake ethnic identity.

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1640 1082 Andrew Lee
Ethnocentrism: The Good, the Bad, and the Racist
A silhouette of four people standing in front of a digitalized U.S. flag projected on a wall.

Ethnocentrism: The Good, the Bad, and the Racist

Recent discussions of ethnocentrism often fall short of interpreting the relationship between ethnocentrism and racism.

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1920 1280 Nicole Cardoza
Voter ID Laws, Explained
People sitting inside a crowded DMV.

Voter ID Laws, Explained

Here’s an explainer on voter ID laws, how the contentious legislation came to pass, who they affect, and why they’re so controversial.

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1280 960 Dominique Stewart
Flying While Fat and the Normalizing of Fatphobia
People sitting on a crowded airplane.

Flying While Fat and the Normalizing of Fatphobia

The inadequate size of airplane seats is one manifestation of fatphobia, the discrimination against and hatred of fat people.

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2400 1602 Andrew Lee
Halloween is Not an Excuse to be Racist
A person wearing a Ghostface mask from the movie, Scream.

Halloween is Not an Excuse to be Racist

Halloween is culturally a time when many people wear costumes that include blackface or cultural appropriation, in addition to other oppressive or racially charged attire.

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2400 1600 Nicole Cardoza
Amplifying the Need for Mental Healthcare for Immigrants
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Amplifying the Need for Mental Healthcare for Immigrants

As they grapple with common economic and personal hardships, structural and cultural hurdles place an additional burden on immigrants’ mental health.

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1920 1280 Kayla Hui, MPH
Preventing Gender-Based Violence Against Women of Color
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Preventing Gender-Based Violence Against Women of Color

Cultural pressures in South Asian communities that often force women to stay in abusive situations result from gender-based violence.

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2400 1599 Anmol Irfan
The Problem with Blaming Violence on Mental Illness
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The Problem with Blaming Violence on Mental Illness

Linking mass shootings and other violence to mental illness has become routine, but the connection is not that clear-cut.

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2400 1420 Dominique Stewart
“White Labor,” a Pair of Levi’s Jeans, and the Chinese Exclusion Act
Five pairs of blue jeans in different washes hang on wooden hangers on a wooden rack. The different washes range from light blue gray to dark blue.

“White Labor,” a Pair of Levi’s Jeans, and the Chinese Exclusion Act

A pair of vintage Levi’s jeans sold in an auction had the brand’s old slogan, “the only kind made by white labor,” printed on its pockets.

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2400 1600 Nicole Cardoza