Why I loved The OA…

I had watched the first 2 episodes of The OA in its entirety when I texted a friend of mine from college: “I need you to watch The OA on Netflix immediately.” “What is? I haven’t heard of this,” she replied. “It just came out – surprise release. The less you know the...

La La Land + Arrival – The Art of Cinematic Optimism

Warning: Spoilers for both films are below. Read at your own risk! I spent back-to-back Sundays seeing highly anticipated and regarded films: Arrival & La La Land (in that order). I had very different reactions to both, but found underlying connections that felt...

Baby, You’re Perfect

The thing about Taylor Swift is that she’s Beyoncé. Or Lana Del Rey. Or she’s any pop culture figure who is not what meets the eye. She is that popstar who is bigger than the body, with hordes who follow her every move and with people who speak on her behalf. Unlike...

Surprise! Trevor Noah Gets a Lot of It

I once went out with this brown guy. We were sipping tea (literally, although perhaps also the way the kids mean it) when we started talking about race in America. He’s Arab and we had met through black friends with whom I had enjoyed many impromptu Social...