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World Rhino Day 2021: History and significance of day to create awareness about animal
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World Rhino Day 2021: History and significance of day to create awareness about animal

Currently, World Rhino Day has become and grown to be a global phenomenon, bringing in NGOs, organizations, zoos, and concerned groups from every corner of the world together

He-Man returns: Why Mattel, Netflix reintroducing the character is good for diversity
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He-Man returns: Why Mattel, Netflix reintroducing the character is good for diversity

Along with two Netflix animated series, Mattel is expanding the Masters of the Universe’s roster of muscled heroes with the introduction of Sun-Man, a Black character created in 1985 by a New Jersey mother who wanted to create a role model for her son.

How Michael K Williams breathed life into complex, contradictory characters
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How Michael K Williams breathed life into complex, contradictory characters

Playing such original, sensitive, vulnerable characters not only expanded our universe of Black masculinity but also bled into Michael K Williams’ own life, making it hard for him to separate the craft from its creator

In Boomika, the continuing misrepresentation of special abilities in Indian cinema
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In Boomika, the continuing misrepresentation of special abilities in Indian cinema

The ghost in Boomika is told to have autism but her involuntary movements, exaggerated facial expressions, repetitive tick of the head, and floppy body posture resemble those that have cerebral palsy, also a group of nervous disorders.

HBO docuseries on Barack Obama is an assiduously constructed study on former US president's clash of identities
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HBO docuseries on Barack Obama is an assiduously constructed study on former US president's clash of identities

Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union has no qualms scrutinizing former US president's cultural authenticity as a Black leader, his political idealism, and his defiant diplomacy in the face of racial inequity.

Mall Content: Hindi cinema's manufactured depiction of Shimla is hopelessly limited to postcards and land of refuge
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Mall Content: Hindi cinema's manufactured depiction of Shimla is hopelessly limited to postcards and land of refuge

The average Indian filmmaker’s chauvinistic view of Shimla depicts it as a place so un-Indian, it can only be mined through the elitism of the tourist rather than the consciousness of the resident.

The Underground Railroad, Black Panther, Da 5 Bloods: How alt history is reshaping the Black narrative in pop culture
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The Underground Railroad, Black Panther, Da 5 Bloods: How alt history is reshaping the Black narrative in pop culture

The sub-genre of alt history is enjoying its moment with films like Black Panther and Da 5 Bloods, and shows like The Underground Railroad, Lovecraft Country, and Watchmen. That is not surprising when you consider how Black stories were systematically excluded from popular histories.

Amazon's 10-part series Them takes cue from Jordan Peele, uses horror genre tropes as allegory for racism in the US
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Amazon's 10-part series Them takes cue from Jordan Peele, uses horror genre tropes as allegory for racism in the US

Them is likely to educate many viewers on an ugly relic of American history that is not widely acknowledged: racially restrictive housing covenants.

Alexi McCammond, Teen Vogue's new editor, to part ways with the magazine over social media backlash
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Alexi McCammond, Teen Vogue's new editor, to part ways with the magazine over social media backlash

Calls for the magazine to replace her were mounting, with more than 20 Teen Vogue staff members posting a statement last week saying they had written management in support of readers and others alarmed by the now-deleted tweets.

'Ghost particle' spotted in 2019 traced to shredded star by neutrino observatory in Antarctica
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'Ghost particle' spotted in 2019 traced to shredded star by neutrino observatory in Antarctica

The high-energy neutrino was shot out across the cosmos, travelling over 700 million light-years to an observatory below the South Pole.

Hamilton employs colourblind casting, but that only does disservice to the idea of true representation
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Hamilton employs colourblind casting, but that only does disservice to the idea of true representation

The trouble of a colourblind production might not be the casting itself but the fact that the casting may still erase the reimagined characters’ identities

The Old Guard director Gina Prince-Bythewood talks about becoming first Black woman to make a comic book movie
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The Old Guard director Gina Prince-Bythewood talks about becoming first Black woman to make a comic book movie

Gina Prince-Bythewood discusses getting a free hand from Netflix for directing a hugely mounted action film like The Old Guard, starring Charlize Theron.

How Netflix championed Black programming, much before Hollywood started catching up
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How Netflix championed Black programming, much before Hollywood started catching up

Hollywood is scrambling, in its traditional way — late, liberal, a bit ham-handed — to catch up with this cultural moment, that Netflix pioneered.

Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods — about Black soldiers in 'Vietnam War' — can't rise above American imperialism
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Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods — about Black soldiers in 'Vietnam War' — can't rise above American imperialism

Da 5 Bloods director Spike Lee's anti-racist critique could not overcome his subconscious investment in American imperialism.

How Spike Lee's three films, including Do The Right Thing, made me aware of a black man's realities in the US
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How Spike Lee's three films, including Do The Right Thing, made me aware of a black man's realities in the US

Spike Lee’s films had taught me what I needed to know to make it through a police encounter.

Da 5 Bloods movie review: Spike Lee turns Vietnam War into ambitious manifesto on racism and reparations
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Da 5 Bloods movie review: Spike Lee turns Vietnam War into ambitious manifesto on racism and reparations

Gifted with chilling foresight, Spike Lee offers a meditation on current circumstances by looking through the prism of the past.

Rani Mukerji says her cop drama Mardaani 2 intends to make 'every woman channel her inner Durga'
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Rani Mukerji says her cop drama Mardaani 2 intends to make 'every woman channel her inner Durga'

Rani Mukerji discusses the spirit behind her Mardaani franchise, and why she still sticks to her belief of women learning martial arts for self-defense.

MIT develops a material ten times blacker than anything currently in existence
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MIT develops a material ten times blacker than anything currently in existence

Test results showed that the material absorbed greater than 99.995 percent of incoming light, from every angle.

Teachers' Day 2019: From Super 30 to Iqbal, five Bollywood films that celebrate educators
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Teachers' Day 2019: From Super 30 to Iqbal, five Bollywood films that celebrate educators

India celebrates Teachers' Day every year in honour of former president and promoter of eduction, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his birth anniversary

Avengers: Endgame left us with a deep sense of loss but also enough characters to pull through
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Avengers: Endgame left us with a deep sense of loss but also enough characters to pull through

While Endgame mostly invested in fan service, with focus on the six original Avengers, it did have moments that gave us hints about what's coming next in MCU.