Oscar Voters are Completely Out of Touch with Reality and It Shows

Let’s get down to it. The Oscar noms are always a bit of a mess. In 2016, in response to the #OscarsSoWhite movement started by April Reign, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced its intention to revamp its voting body to better reflect public identity and opinion. It planned to invite 683…

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Disney’s Problem with Creatives and Creativity

Almost in the exact same hour on Jan 9, two big pieces of Disney news broke: the project departures of Doctor Strange 2 director Scott Derrickson and creator-showrunner Terri Minsky from the Disney Plus revival of Lizzie McGuire.  Both exits were said to be based on creative conflict, with both Marvel and Derrickson citing “creative…

Best of the 2010s: Everything Else

NerdyPoC’s Best of the 2010s series comes to a close! Thank you for joining us on this walk down the decade's memory lane. This is our fourth and final installment of our Best of the 2010s series: everything else, a compilation of books, anime, comics, music, and pop culture. If you missed the rest of…

Best of the 2010s: TV

NerdyPoC’s Best of the 2010s series continues with television! This decade was undoubtedly a new golden age for TV. From a seemingly inexhaustible list of high quality shows and series from across different networks and streaming platforms, NPoC has had a tough, but enjoyable time narrowing it all down to just ten favourites. Check out our…

Best of the 2010s: Movies

Welcome to NerdyPoC's Best of the 2010s series!  It's been an eventful decade for media, entertainment and pop culture. Throughout December, we'll be presenting our lists of favourites from the last ten years in a bunch of areas—TV, video games, books, music, pop culture moments and more!  Our Best of the 2010s series kicks off…

10 Fictional Women of Colour in STEM

Happy STEM Day! Here's a STEM fact: this article in Medium points out that women of colour are virtually invisible in STEM fields. According to Kassandra Burd, "we need to see more WOC STEM individuals in the spotlight" to spur on other girls and women of colour interested in pursuing careers and interests in these…

How “The Rise of Skywalker” Can Fix Star Wars…Or Not

In a recent rewatch of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), I found myself struck by how much the series' scope has changed within a few short years. Three Star Wars movies have been released since then—Rogue One (2016), The Last Jedi (2017) and Solo (2018)—and while only one of these belong within the current…

Twilight IS That Bad. But So What?

It's a popular trend on social media to dig up cult classics and reinvestigate them through a more modern lens. Jennifer's Body, while widely considered a commercial flop upon its 2009 release, is now being hailed across Twitter as a feminist beacon ahead of its time. Legally Blonde (2001) is no longer just a cheesy…

School of Rock: An Underrated Attempt at Inclusivity

Sixteen years ago, a movie about Jack Black teaching sheltered, overprotected prep school children how to rock 'n' roll premiered in theaters. School of Rock went on to become the highest-grossing music-themed comedy of all time—until 2015 when it was overtaken by Pitch Perfect 2. It also spawned a TV series, a Broadway musical, and…

8 TV Shows to Catch Up On Before Fall Season

Summer is, traditionally speaking, a slow period for TV. All the big popcorn blockbusters are out in theatres, and networks are airing their second- and third-tier titles as they prep for fall premiere season. Thankfully, that gives us all time to catch up on the slew of quality TV we might have missed in the…