Infiltrate The Media With 'Everything, Everything'

Infiltrate The Media With 'Everything, Everything'

Representation matters.

"Everything, Everything" tells a simple story: boy meets girl, and they fall in love. They endure the trying tasks of finding themselves and learning to live their best lives― all themes frequently explored in any art form. The trailer and other promotional material, otherwise damning for how ordinary it makes the plot line seem, ultimately compelled me for one reason: boy meets girl who isn’t white.

I read the book prior to seeing the film, and true enough, the female lead, Madeline, is meant to be half Japanese-American and half African-American. This specificity is true to author Nicola Yoon’s life, and is essential to her storytelling. She is Jamaican-American, and her husband is Korean-American; the protagonist is meant to be a medium through which Yoon’s daughter can see herself represented. Amandla Stenberg plays Madeline, and though she may not fit this ethnic description exactly, seeing a mixed-race actress in an ultimately mixed-race romance, however, is wholly new.

Amandla isn’t the only contributor to the film’s more inclusive cast; acclaimed actress Anika Noni Rose, known for "The Princess and the Frog," "Dreamgirls," and other works, stars as the protagonist’s mother, Pauline. Refraining from spoiling the plot twist, it is an understatement to say that Pauline’s character is complex. Storyline removed, she is a black, female doctor, and seeing this archetype on screen is certainly laudable.

Often, it is only when people of color are behind the production of visual media that people of color become visible in media. Stenberg is largely vocal about the infrequent representation of diversity on screen. Her promotions of the film on Instagram are numerous, often captioned with the likes of “...go see ur carefree black girl infiltrate mainstream media.” When only a third of speaking parts in films overall are female, and a mere 28.3 percent of characters are from non-white ethnic/racial groups, the idea of infiltrating mainstream media is both realistic and necessary. The idea of representation is painfully new, and Nicola Yoon makes notable strides in slowly expanding our visual of love.

This movie is not to be written off as only telling a recycled, angsty romance. However much it buys into the trope of mildly unrealistic, youthful love, it is undoubtedly refreshing to see that love extended to women of color. For those who rarely see their skin tone, hair type, or relationships normalized on screen, this film brings us one step closer.

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10 Must-See Shots From Down In Coachella Valley

These will make you regret that you weren't there; or make you irritated that you just can't afford tickets

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is arguably one of the most hyped up music festivals of all time. Certainly festival classics like Woodstock make Coachella look like a mere millennial blowout, but the fashion, music, and art on display over these three weekends in Indio, California is unlike any other. Many say that the beloved annual festival is all about social media status and the killer photos that come with the desert experience, so here are some of my favorite shots from weekend two.

1. @lindsaymariebrewer

2. @graysondolan

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Another year here with you 🎡🎵 @zackkalter #REVOLVEfestival @revolve
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4. @lizakoshy

gotta run to see beyoncé. ill cardi b there.
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5. @jamescharles

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6. @laurenelizabeth

Aaaaand we’re out 🌵 #RevolveFestival @revolve
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7. @bryant

Day 3 at Coachella ✅ Had a blast meeting so many new people this weekend!
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8. @kercardoso

QUE #SquadUnico é esse Brasil? 😱❤️ que orgulho de ter todas vocês com a @unicobr na #UnicoHouseCoachella! sem palavras para a nossa sintonia, profissionalismo e autenticidade, cada uma com sua identidade ⭐️💖⭐️ @brenda @liviabrasilc @agatha @marinaferrarig click @karinecamposs
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9. @bryant

Day 1 at Coachella ✅ Gonna be shooting again saturday + sunday- find me! 📸
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10. @claudiasulewski

the guy in the top right corner is a big mood🤸🏻♂️ #revolvefestival wearing @lpa @revolve
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Living vicariously through these festival goers can get us through this Monday, right? I sure hope so.

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Top 5 Favorite Childhood Cartoons

"What's up, Doc?"

Do you remember watching cartoons when you were young? You would wake up on Saturdays and eat your breakfast while watching your favorite toon. I remember quite well because I would wake up super early to catch my favorite cartoon before I went to school or even the weekends. Well, if you remember that feeling of watching the opening of your favorite cartoon(s), then get ready to go down memory lane and feel that feeling again. I am about to list some of my favorite cartoons and maybe you will relate.

1)Tom and Jerry – It is the classic cat and mouse cartoon. Tom, the cat trying to catch and make a meal out of Jerry, the clever mouse. It will never get old and will remain a classic for a long, long time.If you ask anyone what their favorite cartoon was or is, it will most likely be this one.

2)Looney Toons – “What’s up, Doc?” This is the most popular phrase of all time and associated with this series, spoken by Bugs Bunny. Let’s not forget Daffy, Tweety, Tasmanian Devil, Porky Pig, and more. These characters will have you laughing until your stomach hurts. If you are a true fan of cartoons, then you will never forget this. This animated series has even though funny but they did portray some societal issues through their characters in a clever way.

3)Courage the Cowardly Dog – Who can forget the pink dog who is paranoid and lands himself in weird situations on the farm he lives on with his owners, Eustace and Muriel. He is always saving them from freaky creatures on the farm. If you were young and watched this, you were surely scared because the creatures were very freaky looking but you cheered Courage on to save his owners.

4)Arthur – You remember this show because you probably did not have cable. So one of the channels you could access was PBS Kids. This boy dealt with everything a child his age dealt with like: homework, friends, school, and annoying little sisters. This series aired in the morning and afternoon so you know you were skipping doing your homework to watch what Arthur and his friends were up to this episode.

5)The Powerpuff Girls – The trio sisters with super powers, Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles who were created by Professor Utonium in a lab. They save Townsville from villains like Mojo Jojo, Him, and Gangreen Gang. Also, you and friends argued over who was Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles, Personally, I loved Bubbles!

Well, there you go! These are my top 5 favorite animated series, which make me happy everytime, I watched them. I still do when they air on their respective channels like PBS Kids, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang.

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