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Why You Have to Read Leia, Princess of Alderaan Before Seeing The Last Jedi

Leia, Princess of Alderaan ascends to queenhood.

Carrie Fisher's General Leia in The Force Awakens is a weary but still optimistic leader in her quest to restore galactic order. The young Princess Leia of Leia, Princess of Alderaan is just as hopeful and exhausted. As she observes in her adoptive parents' aged countenance, the chaos of the world will whiten her own hair.

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Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird Is the Mother-Daughter Coming-of-Age Movie We Deserve

It’s difficult to admit that I personally identified with the erratic flux of mother-daughter emotions in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird. One moment, mother and daughter are confidantes that dance around their emotions, but the next, their amiability swerves into a squabble. Then they’re squealing mutually over a thrift store dress.

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That’s It, Star Wars, Mandalorian Sabine Wren Needs Her Own Comics

Sabine needs more canvas space for her story.

As we await the debut of Kelly Marie Tran as Rose in The Last Jedi, another onscreen Asian woman heroine needs her due. In Star Wars Rebels, Mandalorian Sabine Wren (voiced by Tiya Sircar) is an Asian-coded heroine in the Star Wars Universe.

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The Handmaid’s Tale Needs to Fix Its Writers’ Room to Get Less Color Blind in Season 2

After criticism against the color blindness of Margaret Atwood's dystopian world in Hulu’s The Handmaid's Tale, Bruce Miller vowed to engage in a more nuanced treatment of women of color for season two, according to Inverse. Having heeded the conversations in social media, Miller declared, “We’re up for the challenge.”

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Why The Handmaid’s Tale Should End June’s Story

Let another woman have the spotlight.

The prospect of another season is the showrunner's opportunity to explore dynamics beyond the scope of a white woman’s window and perhaps switch to another anchor-point protagonist.

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Moira Deserved Better in The Handmaid’s Tale’s Penultimate Episode

Did The Handmaid’s Tale just victim-blame a survivor like Moira?

As The Handmaid's Tale concludes its first season, I had qualms with how the writers and director treated Moira in the last episode.

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Here’s Why You Need to Go See Captain Underpants—After Wonder Woman, Of Course

While we grant the Amazonian superhero Wonder Woman our veneration, there’s another superhero who deserves our hoopla too. Go pay your respects to Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.

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The Sweetness of Gilead in The Handmaid’s Tale: Sugar Is Not Salvation

When sugar is wielded as a tool of faux-compassion to oppress.

The gratification of sugar is short-term and ephemeral on the taste buds. Handmaids do not need sweets. They need solutions.

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Texas Governor Makes America Less Safe By Banning Sanctuary Cities for “Safety”

The federal law holds Texas state and local law hostage for anti-immigration policies.

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The Clone Wars Was About the Clones: The Unsung Fraternity of Star Wars

Giving due to the unsung fraternity of heroes of Star Wars.

The Star Wars Universe, with Clone Wars as no exception, places prominence on the story of the Jedi. But for me, The Clone Wars had always been about the clones, not the Jedi.

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The Circle Hits a Few Bumps In Addressing User Accountability

On a missed opportunity in The Circle adaptation.

Despite promising an aptitude of commentary on the burgeoning omniscience of social media and surveillance, The Circle turned out to be unequipped with its handful of ideas.

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Study Shows Transphobic Bathroom Bill May Cost Texas Up to $3.3 Billion in Lost Revenue

Not to mention the emotional toll it will take on people.

Discrimination, transphobia in particular, is a fiscal toilet. The emotional expenses and morally taxing aspects of it are just mere side-effects to policymakers, concerns in the political margins.

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Hazy On Why She’s Screwing Over Students With Loan Debt

Betsy DeVos essentially states the obvious: the shield has cracks. Then she commits the “solution”: We’ll just take the shield away instead of filling in the cracks.

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An Anti-Abortion Crusade Appropriates “Abolitionists”

Meet the “abolitionists” of Abolish Abortion Texas, a Texas Anti-Abortion religious right crusade so ruthless that even other anti-abortion activists would just whistle tentatively at the idea of being affiliated with them.

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Binders At 2017 BinderCon Seek To Save World From A Bind

Pun shamelessly intended.

Be it with wit or seriousness, binders are here to stay and save the world, one word, one sketch, one storyboard, one shot, at a time.

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Why I Mourn The Underexplored Camaraderie of Jedi Kanan and Ex-Jedi Ahsoka

How Ahsoka (with Kanan following, possibly) outgrew the binary of Jedi and Sith.

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Helpful Suggestions for Your Ides of Trump Postcards

Maybe he should worry about stuffed mailboxes more than ballot boxes.

Let us send a flood to the White House—a flood of “this is what democracy looks like.”

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On the Token Asian in Get Out: a Look at Model Minorities and Conditional Tolerance

Although he doesn't emerge into plot prominence, his fleeting appearance is like an asterisk planted in the conscience that grows into a full-fledged post-viewing speculation.

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5 Socially-Conscious Comedy Key & Peele Sketches to Prepare for or Unwind From Get Out

Here are 5 Key & Peele sketches that could purge the spooks out of your system while keeping you alert on the subject of racism and social justice.

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Trump’s Empty Praises for Muhammad Ali Fly in the Face of Ali Jr.’s Questioning at a Florida Airport

While name-dropping Martin Luther King Jr. and Frederick Douglass, Trump praised Ali, whom he somehow forgot when asking about Muslim athletes in 2015.

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