Wednesday, November 14

"The Problem with Apu," a 2017 documentary starring comedian Hari Kondabolu, will be screened Tuesday at UCLA. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Kondabolu, where students can engage with issues of cinematic racism and stereotyping. (Courtesy of truTV)

Documentary, Q&A aim to discuss South Asian representation in American culture

The massive popularity of “The Simpsons” means the racist stereotypes written into its character, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a South Asian convenience store owner, have permeated American culture. Read more...

Photo: "The Problem with Apu," a 2017 documentary starring comedian Hari Kondabolu, will be screened Tuesday at UCLA. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Kondabolu, where students can engage with issues of cinematic racism and stereotyping. (Courtesy of truTV)

"The Problem with Apu," a 2017 documentary starring comedian Hari Kondabolu, will be screened Tuesday at UCLA. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Kondabolu, where students can engage with issues of cinematic racism and stereotyping. (Courtesy of truTV)


Second-year theater student Aliyah Turner portrays the main character Oya “In the Red and Brown Water.” While rehearsing for the production, Turner said she tried to give more agency to her character by making her movements the driving force in choreographed scenes.  (Isa Saalabi/Daily Bruin)

Student play layers fantasy, reality to subvert racial stereotypes

Characters inspired by Yoruban gods will layer with the gritty realism of an impoverished Louisiana town to create the mythical world of the upcoming play, “In the Red and Brown Water.” Jayongela Wilder, graduate student in directing and the play’s director, said the duality of magic and realism was one of the many ways that the show works to subvert the limited and stereotypical representation of women and people of color in conventional theater. Read more...

Photo: Second-year theater student Aliyah Turner portrays the main character Oya “In the Red and Brown Water.” While rehearsing for the production, Turner said she tried to give more agency to her character by making her movements the driving force in choreographed scenes. (Isa Saalabi/Daily Bruin)

Second-year theater student Aliyah Turner portrays the main character Oya “In the Red and Brown Water.” While rehearsing for the production, Turner said she tried to give more agency to her character by making her movements the driving force in choreographed scenes.  (Isa Saalabi/Daily Bruin)


(Claire Sun/Daily Bruin)

Reel Representation: Inclusion riders a step in right direction to diversify Hollywood

This year’s trending Oscars buzzword wasn’t #OscarsSoWhite – instead, everyone was talking about the inclusion rider. Frances McDormand ended her Best Actress acceptance speech at the Oscars with the term, referencing a provision actors and actresses can put in their contracts to stipulate specific representation standards for films that are proportionate to real-world population breakdowns. Read more...

Photo: (Claire Sun/Daily Bruin)

(Claire Sun/Daily Bruin)


(Pauline Ordonez/Daily Bruin)

Researchers study underrepresentation in film, TV

This year’s Hollywood Diversity Report confirms the film industry has continued to fall short in its representation of the United States’ population. Data shows the film industry disproportionately underrepresented women and people of color throughout both film and television, despite evidence that diversity sells. Read more...

Photo: (Pauline Ordonez/Daily Bruin)

(Pauline Ordonez/Daily Bruin)


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