Hometown: Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Favorite writer: This is almost impossible to answer, but because of how much the Harry Potter series has influenced not only my love for books, but writing as well, I have to say J.K. Rowling.
Favorite sex scene from a movie/TV/book: Keira Knightley and James McAvoy in Atonement. I loved the novel Atonement, but I almost love the movie more for being such a faithful adaptation, especially when it comes to the characters. So many scenes do a good job of portraying emotions, especially with how tension is used in the scene between these two characters in a library. Plus, James McAvoy.
Hidden Talent: I’m kind of a pop culture guru and know a ridiculous amount of information about film and television.
Posts By: Anna Khan
When Elizabeth Warren released a statement on her recent DNA test to confirm her Native American heritage, it took me back to elementary school, middle school, high school, really even today, to all the times white people would claim similar heritage: “I’m 5% French, 60% Scottish, 12% Native American, blah, blah, blah…” Even as a young person with no clear understanding of heritage and culture, it always bothered me to hear these long, meaningless percentages. Growing up as a brown person, I’ve always been brown. And they, no matter how many percentages they’ve got up their sleeves, have always been white. Let’s forget about how this is a simple tactic to show that Senator Warren can stand up to Trump, as anyone with an even passing familiarity with American media… Read more »
It’s time to face the truth: our government isn’t going to care about us until we force them to. And by us, I mean every person residing in this country who isn’t a cishet white man. This should come to no surprise to most — take a look at the people residing in our very Congress, and it almost makes too much sense. Take a look at our president who just mocked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford for…? I don’t know what to say anymore, and I can’t bring myself to think about what that excuse for a human being says anymore. When Dr. Christine Blasey Ford spoke up against the frat boy currently trying to serve on the highest court of the land, I thought it might make a difference… Read more »
To anyone that believes that Trump’s presidency isn’t causing any real harm, I’m afraid to tell you that you are terribly mistaken. The State Department recently released their annual human rights report, and the section on reproductive rights has been removed. A section that previously included an outline on access to abortion and contraception and detailed maternal mortality rates has been replaced with a section discussing “coercion in population control” which documents involuntary or “unethical” sterilization. This, along with new sections solidifying America’s compliance with countries with governments known to violate human rights, exemplify what the Trump presidency prioritizes and what it always has. Reproductive rights hadn’t even been included in the human rights report properly until 2011 under the Obama administration. The reasoning behind removing reproductive rights from the human… Read more »
Last year, South Asian comedian Hari Kondabalu released a documentary film entitled The Problem with Apu that included South Asian celebrities discussing the impact of The Simpsons’ character, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. The character has been criticized since the inception of the show for being a racist caricature of Indian-Americans, not helped by the fact that the character is voiced by a white actor doing an exaggerated accent. Kondabalu’s documentary includes interviews from South Asian celebrities who all have had similar experiences in direct result of the character: microaggressions and racial slurs with several of them being asked to do the Apu accent while auditioning for roles in Hollywood. The producers of The Simpsons have remained largely indifferent to these concerns, but an episode that aired Sunday evening directly addressed them head-on in, quite possibly, one of the worst… Read more »
This weekend, tens of thousands of Americans joined together all around the country to protest gun control in the March for Our Lives. The students from the high school in Parkland, Florida, which suffered a massive shooting taking 17 lives, have been speaking up loudly about their feelings on gun control. There was an overwhelmingly positive response from notable figures, even the White House sending out a message to commend the students for exercising their first amendment rights. The March for Our Lives is a good thing, and its response is even better. Youth from all around the country are tired of gun violence being ignored, and their determination is not going unheard. However, this is not the first time gun violence has been protested this much before. What makes this… Read more »
When I read Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda for the first time, I was not looking for a book about real, political issues. I was simply looking for a fun read, and I got it in this charming romantic comedy about a gay teenager struggling to come out to his family and friends. This Friday, the movie adaptation Love, Simon will be released, and its marketing campaign is filled with funny puns like “He’s done keeping his story straight” and “coming out” used for advertising. The story isn’t groundbreaking or complicated in any way. Rather, it’s an anomaly because it’s a simple gay love story with a happy ending. An article in Time recently discussed whether this is a movie that today’s generation needs particularly. The author argues that a story about a white… Read more »
On February 11, 2018, the first female American figure skater in Olympics history nailed one of the most challenging feats in figure skating, the triple axel. Her name is Mirai Nagasu, and this is only one of her many accomplishments. A three-time Four Continents medalist and seven-time US national medalist, Mirai has achieved more at the age of 24 than a lot of Americans could ever dream. The recent conversation has been centered around her triple axel accomplishment, while her Asian-American heritage did not become relevant until a tweet from a New York Times reporter sparked outrage a day after Mirai’s triple axel. The reporter tweeted a gif of her performing the axel with the words “Immigrants. They get the job done.” A line popularized from a track on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton mixtape,… Read more »
Twenty years ago from Monday, terrorist Eric Rudolph bombed an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama, killing a police officer named Robert Sanderson and a nurse named Emily Lyons. About a week or so before, the March for Life in Washington, D.C. was led by Alabama students and activists. Abortion opponents have been protesting just as long as its advocates, and I find it hard to believe that actions like those committed by Eric Rudolph would be morally admissible to activists who are fighting to preserve life. At least, that’s what they really believe they’re doing. I don’t mean to specifically target Alabama–though they are one of many states with a population that is majority pro-life. It was simply the coincidence of these events taking place that got me thinking more about the… Read more »
Another sexual assault revelation in wake of the #MeToo movement was posted online, accusing comedian Aziz Ansari of sexual misconduct. The piece, “I went on a date with Aziz Ansari. it turned into the worst night of my life,” has received a lot of backlash, much more so than others, with many supporters of this movement claiming this accuser had gone too far. In the piece, the anonymous woman “Grace” recounts a night where Aziz acted forcefully upon her the whole night with her giving few verbal cues about her discomfort, but giving no indication that she was consenting to anything that he was doing. Still, several publications have released op-eds where woman, often sexual assault survivors themselves, believe calling this an act of sexual assault to undermine the movement. Many… Read more »
Time‘s Person of the Year was recently announced: The Silence Breakers, a group of women who spoke out against sexual assault this year and helped start the #MeToo movement. Since Trump’s recent claims to have been asked to be the Person of the Year for 2017, the real choice felt like an even bigger victory. Until, I saw that Trump was actually the first runner up for Person of the Year. Here’s a passage from Time‘s article: “One thing is sure: love him or hate him, Trump has invaded our attention in ways previous Presidents never did. He commands more than just the levers of executive power; he has the nation, and the world, in the grip of his singular performance, and events have bent to his will. This has… Read more »