Nerd.Vomit: 12 Years a Slave

[WARNING: This review features minor plot spoilers] 12 Years a Slave, 2013 Writer: Solomon Northup Director: Steve McQueen The critically-acclaimed bio-epic “12 Years a Slave,” hit theatres early October. If the title doesn’t clue you in, here’s the premise: Solomon Northup, a carpenter and musician in New York, is drugged, kidnapped and sold into slavery for … Continue reading

My Feminist Life in GIFS: Feminist Documentaries

[Potential Spoilers for Pride and Prejudice, Hunger Games Trilogy, Disney’s Kim Possible and 10 Things I Hate About You] — Sometimes, my Netflix recommendations look like this: Yes, I do watch Phineas & Ferb. But in other, more important news, I like to watch a lot of documentaries, and go figure–I sometimes, a lot of … Continue reading

Limited Time Offer: Mass Profit and Exchange of the “Real Indian”

A few weeks ago I ran across a blog about Native appropriation. One post specifically talks about how racist it is to dress up as Native Americans for Halloween. And I know what you’re thinking, so what? It’s December. And here’s what I’m going to tell you: read this anyway. I remember watching Disney’s Pocahontas … Continue reading

In the Garden of English Roses

Ugly. Is irrelevant. It is an immeasurable insult to a woman, and then supposedly the worst crime you can commit as a woman. But ugly, as beautiful, is an illusion” – Margaret Cho, Comedian – – A few weeks ago, actor Dustin Hoffman made headlines when a clip from an interview gained popularity online. In the clip, … Continue reading

Where the World is White & Privileged: Being Black in Alaska

There is freedom in living in a place where the worst thing to be, isn’t being Black. In Alaska, less than 3.6 percent of Blacks make up the state’s entire population. At my college, Blacks are less than 2 percent. The largest minority group here is Alaska Natives–making up approximately 15 percent of the population. … Continue reading

5 Things That Were Going on While We Were Fussing About Brad Paisley’s “Accidental Racist”

Sorry Internet, but there are a lot more things going on in the world than your feelings about Brad Paisley’s confessional and cheesy song about being accidentally racist. I know, I didn’t believe it either. But then I googled “other things going on in the world besides that country singer person,” and like, I found … Continue reading

Brad Paisley’s “Accidental Racist” is Not Racist, Not Even Accidentally

So, anyone who has Yahoo! as their homepage has seen the article about Brad Paisley’s song “Accidental Racist.” It’s literally been all over the Internet like nobody’s business. The single features famous and long-time rapper LL Cool J. The song is from Paisley’s recently released eighth album, “Wheelhouse.” According to, Paisley said a lot … Continue reading

If You Date a Girl, Make Sure She’s Not a Feminist

Lakeidra Chavis If you date a girl, make sure she’s not a feminist. Meet her at a whatsitsname rock concert. Afterward, find someplace, any place, and have sex. Don’t call her the next day. Call her the following week. Go on a few coffee dates. Nervously reveal to her how you didn’t really like the … Continue reading

To the Young and Upcoming LGBT Youth: A Poem

I’ve seen you, sipping coffee on Saturday mornings on the rugged couch symbolically taking in the hot and heated messages of who you should be, digesting it slowly and silently cursing the barista for burning your latte. I’ve listened to you, young redheaded bohemian chic blasting music too damn loud on finals week. I’ve hugged … Continue reading

Black is Beautiful…as Long as You’re not too Black

My junior year of high school we read Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. To make a point about one of themes in the novel, my teacher pointed to me and my friend Ebony. He told the class that I would be a house slave because I was light-skinned and Ebony would work in … Continue reading