Fatima Zehra

Aladdin Just Got Whiter

September 6, 2017

The creators of the live action Aladdin remake somehow managed to find a way to include a white person. Billy Magnussen, of Into the Woods, will be playing a new character, in the film. He is supposedly a prince who is rivaling Aladdin for Jasmine’s hand. This is not a character from the original animated film … Read More

This Daily Mail Article Celebrating the British Empire is Pure Garbage

August 7, 2017

The British Empire–the loving, moralistic parents no one asked for. In a recent Daily Mail UK article, the post-colonial-yet-still-horribly-colonial relationship between a countess and her Indian houseman was lauded as an “enchanting” harkening back to romantic times. There is nothing romantic about this–it’s a relationship of exploitation and white supremacy. Countess June Badeni and Muthukanna … Read More

New Aladdin, Same Racism

July 12, 2017

For most of my life, I saw myself akin to the characters in Disney’s Aladdin. I would dress up as Jasmine for primary school dress up days, and even until college thought of my own culture reflected in the imagery and cultural symbolism of Aladdin. As people of color our ethnicities and racial identities are … Read More

Vogue India’s 10th Anniversary Cover features Kendall Jenner

May 4, 2017

Vogue India decided to put Kendall Jenner on the cover of their last issue and people are NOT having it. For many, it would have been more valuable to see actual Indians on the cover — especially Indians that aren’t represented by mainstream media like Vogue. Wasn't the point of #vogueindia to celebrate brown fashion and not slap … Read More

Hasan Bhai-Jaan at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

April 30, 2017

Watch him drag the “Orange Man behind the Muslim Ban.” Last night, everyone’s funniest cousin Hasan Minhaj hosted the White House Correspondents Dinner. The President and most of his administration decided to skip the event, probably because he “can’t take a joke,” but that didn’t stop Minhaj from dragging him, along with the journalists in the room. … Read More

Depression, Anxiety, and All That Bakwaas

March 8, 2017

It was my own fault. I looked to a Bollywood movie for validation; Alia Bhatt as a prettier version of my own hurt for years. Or maybe I wanted something to translate what I had been trying to tell my parents for months — the mainstreaming of mental illness. That this is how your mental health chips … Read More

“Lipstick Under My Burkha” too “Lady-oriented” for Bollywood

February 26, 2017

Today in sexism. Prakash Jha’s movie, “Lipstick Under My Burkha” was denied certification by India’s censor board, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), for being “lady-oriented.” The censor board accused the movie of being sexually graphic and “a bit of sensitive to one particular section of society.” The movie centers on the lives of four … Read More

Artist Anish Kapoor Will Donate $1M to Syrian Refugees

February 7, 2017

It’s all part of his continued fight to help victims of injustice. British artist and recipient of the 2017 Genesis Prize Sir Anish Kapoor donated his $1 million prize to aid with the Syrian refugee crisis. The Genesis Prize is colloquially known as the “Jewish Nobel” and is awarded to individuals who “have attained excellence … Read More

Saraswathi Jones, a New Nostalgia

January 26, 2017

Post-colonial punk and space for us all There’s been a recent surge in Indian musicians entering in musical spaces they haven’t always been welcome to. Saraswathi Jones, a.k.a. Tanya Palit Husain, is one of the first. The Boston-based musician says her musical talent was influenced by “older Bengali music my parents would listen to and, yes, … Read More

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