Potterverse and its disservice to the South Asian community (‘Panju’ Weasley? Really?)
The Potterverse’s treatment of people of color has been lacking, to say the least. Just last year, triple threat actor, writer and director Dylan Marron posted a YouTube video with every line spoken by a person of color in the Potter film series.
Spoiler alert: the video was pretty short.
It seems the minds behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child took this to heart with the casting of Noma Dumezweni, an accomplished black actress, for the title role of Hermione Granger, and Cherrelle Skeete as Rose Granger-Weasley. Naturally, I was excited to read the special edition script book of Cursed Child, with these images in mind. From here forward, beware of spoilers.
While I have several issues with Cursed Child, none stand out more to me than the character Panju. The little ginger Indian boy (at least, that’s how he looks like in my imagination) practically has Act Two, Scene 17 dedicated to him and his “facial growths”.
School district makes landmark decisions for Malibu
Throughout a four-hour meeting on May 3, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District School Board made a number of key decisions—not limited to merging two elementary schools, giving the middle school its own space and hiring a Malibu-centric director—that will have lasting impact on Malibu students, families and residents.
Jury rules against former Pepperdine basketball players in landmark civil rights case
If the names Haley Videckis and Layana White seem familiar, it would be because the two former Pepperdine women’s basketball players filed a 2014 civil rights action suit alleging discrimination based on their sexual orientation. The jury ruled unanimously against plaintiffs Videckis and White in favor of Pepperdine University on Friday, Aug. 11.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” proves to be meaningful return to wizarding world
Director David Yates would have been hard-pressed to find a better setting than the 1920s, arguably the most popular decade in American history, to combine with J.K. Rowling’s famous wizarding world in the new Harry Potter franchise film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
Pacha Helms Unsentimental, Yet Moving ‘Salt’ Documentary
Los Angeles — "My Name Is Salt," directed by Indian American Farida Pacha, captures the journey of Chhanabhai Pagi and his family over the course of eight months as they set out to make a living within the Indian salt industry under the desert sun. The story captures the family’s determined and steadfast nature through the many obstacles they face, and has already garnered a host of awards such as the Feature Length award at Documenta Madrid 2014 and a top prize at the Food Film Festival in Amsterdam June 10...
Despite Attempts at Being a Progressive TV Show, "Quantico" Fails to be One
Among the Aziz Ansaris and Mindy Kalings of Hollywood comes South Asian actress Priyanka Chopra with “Quantico”, a whodunit thriller filled with beautiful people and enough plot lines to make your head spin.
Allston Treasures: Bookistan
Located past the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Harvard Avenue, Bookistan is unassuming in appearance at first glance. A black sign has the name printed in unevenly spaced block letters while the window beneath it has the words “B0OKS RECORDS” printed. After a more careful look, the window, which sits around hip-level to the average person, displays an eclectic variety of knickknacks, from Elvis memorabilia to Star Wars themed novels.
Emerson College Housing to Go Under Massive Repair to Accommodate Students
BOSTON — At first glance, Emerson College’s purple crest is not completely apparent among the buildings and scaffolding on Boylston Street. However, with enrollment increasing every year, the college faces high demand for housing. Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh plans on cutting the number of college students living off campus in half by the year 2030
Data and Its Increasingly Important Role in the Newsroom
BOSTON — Each floor of the Massachusetts College of Arts is a haphazard mix of colorful pieces and works in progress. Tucked away down third floor hallway is a lecture hall where designer and media activist Mushon Zer-Aviv gave a talk to art students and guests on the art of data visualization...