A good friend’s Covid-19 diagnosis far away puts a face to the devastating healthcare crises ravaging India.

Slums in the suburbs of Mumbai, India. photo credit: Rajanish Kakade/Associated Press

It is the call you never want to make. The one you said you would make when you’d last spoke last week. You promised to Whatsapp him again next week, and next week is today. But today his phone rings, and rings until his voicemail puts it out of its shrill misery. You hang up. Dial again. Repeat. The call you never want to make is the one that your friend never answers.

Where could he be?” you ask yourself. A 30-something actor and writer, he’s not been able to find work in Bollywood after the industry mostly shuttered last…

Thank you for reading Ivana. India really is a magical country isn't it. I'm amazed that such immense enlightenment and immense suffering co-exist in one place. I hope you get to travel back to India soon and I will publish Part II soon, which will hopefully answer your questions.

An immensely unrealistic, cliché-ridden millennial fairytale, this show is the guilty pleasure we didn’t know we needed right now.

“Emily in Paris”
“Emily in Paris”
Lily Collins plays the aloof, culture-proof marketing executive Emily Cooper in the fantastical “Emily in Paris” | Photo Credit: Netflix

“Emily in Paris,” Netflix’s new hit show set in the iconic France capital, is complete merde. That’s French for shit. The latest chick flick from creator Darren Star (Sex and the City, Younger) manages to pack every Franco-American cliché ever created into into 35-minute bites and to deliver us one of the most unlikable characters in prime-time, Emily Cooper .

She’s the perpetually perky, selfie-obsessed-yet self-unaware, junior brand manager from Chicago whose marketing company sends her on an expenses-paid workation to Paris for a year. She’s also that girlfriend who will bang tf out of your man as soon as…

In golf the handicap system acknowledges that more novice players need a certain amount of advantage to be competitive in the game against pros, an analogy Noah used to explain systemic racism in America.

I confess. Never have I ever used the words white and privilege together in the same sentence before 2020. I find pop culture’s current obsession with White Privilege to be divisive and frankly problematic. The platitude of White Privilege perpetuates a dangerous narrative that African-Americans are still powerless to improve our own lives and shape our futures. It transfers accountability, thus further empowering White people. Afterall, if White people are the cause of Black misery, shouldn't they be our great saviors, too? And this is precisely the problem with the White Privilege phenomenon. …

Now is the time for Token Black Friends to share their experiences of racism with their White friends.

Recently a White former co-worker at my old real estate firm sent me a video of looters fleeing a smashed Nike store, their hands filled with shoe boxes. His attached message read: Did you get Nikes, too, babe? (smileyface) When I replied that I felt hurt by his insinuation that I was a thief and that the incendiary event leading up to the looting was no laughing matter, he replied, patronizingly: “Dont get triggered by what you see in the media. You’re better than that.”

In the ashes of the bonfires of protests that have raged in cities across America…

Kenya Barris in an episode of “#BlackAF.”Gabriel Delerme / NETFLIX

After seeing #blackAF heavily hash-tagged and panned on my feed all weekend, I caved into the hype and binge-watched the hotly anticipated 8-episode Netflix show from Kenya Barris, the creator behind Black-ish and so many Black-centric hits. And it wasn’t that bad….it was worse. After watching #blackAF all I could think was, #WTF?

Barris, stars as Kenya, an ornery, uber-successful Hollywood producer, father of six, and husband to a Rachel Dolezal-ish wife, played almost too perfectly by Rashida Jones. …

Jaja Nwokeabia

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