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From the Archives: Umbral gives girls in comics the adventure they need

by Madeleine Nesbitt This post was originally published August 8, 2014 Umbral is a comic that very much depicts the hero’s adventure story– that of King Arthur, or perhaps Frodo Baggins. There’s magic, thievery, a kingdom at risk, and secrets galore. Any typical male adventure hero would fit into this environment, but, thanks to creators Antony Johnston…

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Annalise Keating and Claire Underwood aren't "Strong Female Characters"–and that's why I love them

by Annemarie McDaniel I watch quite a bit of TV, from the classic one-episode-a-week shows on primetime television to newer habits of binge-watching an entire season on Netflix. The shows I watch are all wonderful in their own unique ways, but there are two shows in particular I can’t stop obsessing over: How To Get…

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The miracle of Jane the Virgin

by Celeste Montaño and Joneka Percentie When the CW released its first look at Jane the Virgin back in July, everyone in SPARK was on the fence about it. The trailer’s tone was intriguing, but a show that revolves entirely around a Latina woman’s sex life—or lack, thereof? Less intriguing, more off-putting. Turns out, we…

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#ReadPOC2015: The House of the Spirits

by Luci Navas Sharry I have to admit that I was entering The House of the Spirits with high expectations. Its author Isabel Allende is one of the most respected authors in Latin American literature. Her stories, which I read in school, have female protagonists who used their beauty and intelligence to advance themselves. And…

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The truth and power of Beyond the Lights

by Montgomery Jones Have you ever held a story so close to your heart that the thought of describing it is almost intimidating?  I feel like my words will always come up short in my pursuit to articulate the importance of a film like Beyond the Lights. I’m not a romance film buff in general…

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'Big Hero 6' is the kind of kids' movie we need

by Anya Josephs I’m going to admit that, although Big Hero 6 is technically aimed more at the kid set and I’m a college junior, I’ve seen the animated movie three times already. My friend Alison dragged me along during finals week because she heard there were women scientist characters (she’s a chemistry major). By…

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Black Women Create: 7 films to watch for

by Joneka Percentie It’s December, which means Oscar predictions are starting and there’s an unsettling and undeniable trend. Some top contenders include Wild (white woman in the wilderness), Exodus: God and Kings (white men and women as Egyptian royalty), Interstellar (white astronauts in space), Gone Girl (psycho white people), Birdman (white people in a play),…

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Redefining "nude"

by Jodi-Ann Johnson Though I love that “UMPH!” that comes with a good lingerie set, I myself have never pondered lingerie too much. It was a necessity of a wardrobe as I grew and developed female secondary traits (breasts) and such–bras were needed to  holder the over shoulder boulders, hah. But even just the practical…

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