The Poet X

Book Young Adult By Elizabeth Acevedo  Reviewed by Sally Webster The following are out of 5 Racial Representation: 5 LGBTQ+ Representation: 3 Disability Representation: 0 Body Size Representation: 5 Gender Representation: 5 Socioeconomic Representation: 5 Mental Health Representation: 0 Religious Representation: 0 Own Voice: Yes A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationshipContinue reading “The Poet X”

The End of October

Book By Lawrence Wright  Reviewed by Craig The following are out of 5 Racial Representation: 3 LGBTQ+ Representation: 2 Disability Representation: 4 Body Size Representation: 2 Gender Representation: 4 Socioeconomic Representation: 3 Mental Health Representation: 2 Religious Representation: 5 Own Voice: No **This review contains spoilers** The book describes a terrible virus that appears to start in a camp halfway around the world and althoughContinue reading “The End of October”

But I’m A Cheerleader

Movie Rated R By Jamie Babbit  Reviewed by Mia The following are out of 5 Racial Representation: 3.5 LGBTQ+ Representation: 5 Disability Representation: 1 Body Size Representation: 2 Gender Representation: 5 Socioeconomic Representation: 1 Mental Health Representation: 2 Religious Representation: 2 Own Voice: Yes. Both the director and the screenplay writer are members of the lgbtq+ community. But I’m A Cheerleader is a story aboutContinue reading “But I’m A Cheerleader”

Rent

Musical PG-13 By Jonathan Larson  Reviewed by Sarah Erani The following are out of 5 Racial Representation: 5 LGBTQ+ Representation: 5 Disability Representation: 1 Body Size Representation: 0.3 Gender Representation: 4 Socioeconomic Representation: 5 Mental Health Representation: 4 Religious Representation: 2 Own Voice: Somewhat The show is about a group of friends that include a Latina woman, a black man, and at least one blackContinue reading “Rent”

Futurama

TV Show By Matt Groening, David X. Cohen  Reviewed by Sarah Erani The following are out of 5 Racial Representation: 3 LGBTQ+ Representation: 0.7 Disability Representation: 0 Body Size Representation: 1 Gender Representation: 5 Socioeconomic Representation: 4 Mental Health Representation: 3 Religious Representation: 0 Own Voice: No There is an important character who is black and he has a black wife and son. There isContinue reading “Futurama”

Thor: Ragnarok

Movie PG-13 Directed by Taika Waititi  Reviewed by Sarah Erani The following are out of 5 Racial Representation: 3 LGBTQ+ Representation: 0.2 Disability Representation: 3 Body Size Representation: 0.5 Gender Representation: 4 Socioeconomic Representation: 0 Mental Health Representation: 3 Religious Representation: 0 Own Voice: Not really There is a prominent black character who was intended to be bisexual. There are one-eyed characters. There are someContinue reading “Thor: Ragnarok”

Black Panther

Movie PG-13 Written by Joe Robert Cole Directed by Ryan Coogler Reviewed by Sarah Erani The following are out of 5 Racial Representation: 5 LGBTQ+ Representation: 0 Disability Representation: 0 Body Size Representation: 1 Gender Representation: 3 Socioeconomic Representation: 2 Mental Health Representation: 1 Religious Representation: 0 Own Voice: Yes It’s about the royal family of an African country, so all but two of theContinue reading “Black Panther”

Hamilton: an American Musical

Musical PG-13 By Lin-Manuel Miranda Reviewed by Sarah Erani The following are out of 5 Racial Representation: 3 LGBTQ+ Representation: 0.5 Disability Representation: 0 Body Size Representation: 1 Gender Representation: 4 Socioeconomic Representation: 3 Mental Health Representation: 0 Religious Representation: 0 Own Voice: No The characters are historical figures who were white and probably straight in real life, but they’re played almost entirely by peopleContinue reading “Hamilton: an American Musical”

New Girl

TV Show Rated TV-14 By Elizabeth Meriwether, Berkley Johnson, J. J. Philbin, Dave Finkel  Reviewed by Sarah Erani The following are out of 5 Racial Representation: 5 LGBTQ+ Representation: 0 Disability Representation: 0 Body Size Representation: 1 Gender Representation: 5 Socioeconomic Representation: 0 Mental Health Representation: 0 Religious Representation: 2 Own Voice: Kind of, Elizabeth Meriwether was inspired by inspired by her experience of “bouncing from Craigslist subletContinue reading “New Girl”

This Is Us

TV Show Rated TV-14 By Dan Fogelman Reviewed by Sarah Erani The following are out of 5 Racial Representation: 5 LGBTQ+ Representation: 2 Disability Representation: 3 Body Size Representation: 5 Gender Representation: 5 Socioeconomic Representation: 1 Mental Health Representation: 5 Religious Representation: 0 Own Voice: I’m not really sure. I think they have a diverse writer’s room but the creator is a white man whoContinue reading “This Is Us”