There are some who wait for opportunity to fall into their lap. And there are those who create it themselves. Terrance Anthony is undoubtedly one of the latter. At 25 years old, this visual artist is already making waves in his native Trinidad and Tobago through visceral photography and a thriving feature blog called TVISUAL. … Continue reading Terrance Anthony – In honour of Black Culture
“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” -Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland Down the rabbit hole, or through the shot glass? However you decide to plunge into the world of Trinidad Carnival, you’re sure to meet some very intriguing figures. Their origins have been skewed, misinterpreted, and lost as aesthetic appeal becomes … Continue reading Down the Rabbit Hole – T&T Carnival
Hot take: the beauty industry sucks. It sucks because it relies on hype, preys on ignorance, and feeds off of insecurity. The beauty industry propagates damaging standards of appearance and gender expectations, and it makes money off of this. And finally, the beauty industry--like all firmly established industries in the Western world--is deeply racist. In … Continue reading Tarte and the Art of Being So Racist You Don’t Even Realize It
On the morning of December 30, 2017, Erica Garner's twitter account (now managed by her mother, Esaw Snipes) released the following statement: That same day Erica Garner, 27 years old and a mother of two, had died of a heart attack. Notwithstanding the tragedy of her death and the painful context in which Erica … Continue reading If You’re White, Stop Whining.
I've flipped open my laptop screen today to write about a brand of soap that has been causing considerable offense lately. Twitter has had a lot to say about Dove and their advertising campaigns: This wouldn't be the first time a major beauty brand fumbles when it comes to racial representation (see … Continue reading Dove – What’s In A Name?
Slumped between some friends in a college dorm in Montpellier, France, I stared at the laptop screen in thinly-veiled disgust. We had come over for a sleepover at their place, a Turkish couple with hearts of gold, and they had made a bong out of a bucket of water, and we were smoking and eating … Continue reading Jay Z’s Moonlight takes Win
Underground, a fictional television series based on Harriet Tubman and the famous railroad resistance, was recently cancelled. Despite the star power of actress Jurnee Smollett and executive producer John Legend, both vocal activists against injustice in various ways, the show only enjoyed two seasons. Whether it was a question of lack of ratings or opposition … Continue reading Are We Sick Of Slavery On Screen?