Sampling, Stealing and Influence: Music and Cultural Appropriation

On first listen, the soft-spoken melodies created by Australian rapper Genesis Owusu (born Kofi Owusu-Ansah) don’t immediately ring as political. Yet, his creative pursuits in both music and fashion speak out against racial inequalities and misguided preconceptions of his culture, with his lyrics consciously stemming from his own upbringing as a black person in the […]

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The MetGala: Heavenly Bodies

The theme of the 2018 Met Gala – Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination – has had some mixed reviews within and without of the Catholic community, with diverse opinions across the board. The public display of papal artefacts alongside designer outfits might seem disrespectful, reducing Catholicism to a fashion accessory. Celebrities bearing halos, […]

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Appropriation, App-rock-ximately?

There seems to be a recent trend toward criticising musicians for evoking cultures that ‘don’t belong to them’. Popular artists such as the rapper Iggy Azalea have earned the ire of an ever-increasing mob online who accuse her of appropriating African-American culture. But regardless of whether her music warrants this backlash, the idea of appropriating […]

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Zootropolis: The Difficulty of Using Animals as an Analogy for Race

If you’ve heard anything about Zootropolis (Zootopia in the U.S.), you’ve probably heard how ‘timely’ it is. In the wake of #BlackLivesMatter, Disney has released a kid-friendly film addressing racial profiling, pseudo-scientific racism and other issues of racial – or ‘species-ist’ – bias. Although I’m not sure what these critics would call an ‘untimely’ time […]

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