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Here’s Why Kids Need to Play Through Rise Up, an Activism Board Game

One librarian details what happened when she ran a game of Rise Up, in an attempt to teach them about movements and activism.

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Interview: Dane Haiken, Producer of Diverse Short Film Collection Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 2

#OscarsSoWhite is a powerful call-out of this aspect of the industry and has served as inspiration for many filmmakers and film organizations. One such organization is Full Spectrum Features, a Chicago-based nonprofit that, in their own words, is “committed to increasing diversity in the media arts by producing, exhibiting, and supporting the work of women, LGBTQ, and minority filmmakers.”

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What Orphan Black Can Teach Us About Family and Community (Part 2)

Perhaps more than any other, season three of Orphan Black is about family and community.

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What Orphan Black Can Teach Other Shows About Writing Women (Part 1)

In Orphan Black’s first episode Sarah, our con-artist heroine, finds herself in a dangerous situation.

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How To Make An Awesome CAKE: Behind The Scenes Of The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

Yum yum yum indie comics.

If you build it, they will come.

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Trans, Genderqueer, and Genderfluid Cosplayers On Finding Their Safe Space In Conventions

Geek spaces have always felt precious to me. Places like comic book shops and conventions are often where I feel most comfortable, thus that's where I fear sexism and homophobia the most. What is worse than a violation of your safe space, the place where you don’t feel ridiculous for talking about the things you love?

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The Top 5 Queer Voices in Anime and Manga

You should probably go watch and read all of these immediately.

Anime and manga hold a strange allure for teens. I was a total anime geek in high school, the kind that watched anime with friends at every hangout, stayed up late reading manga or sneakily catching bits of FLCL on Adult Swim, and attended anime conventions.

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