Leading up to this Mother’s Day, I’m feeling the incredible weight of these last 14 months of parenting. I’m so fucking tired. I desperately need a break. …


I think we’re at a crucial point in this debate on school reopening right now. Case rates are dropping quickly, the surge is over, and people are starting to get vaccinated — though way too slowly of course. …


Message to Bernie supporters from a Warren supporter: Tread lightly

On Super Tuesday, I worked the polls for over 15 hours in Oakland, California. At 9:30pm, I headed home, exhausted and starving, only to find that Elizabeth Warren was trailing Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden by wide margins, even in…


The film brings up the complicated emotions many natives have about their beloved city

Photo: A24 Films

In the final act of the recently released independent film The Last Black Man in San Francisco, the protagonist, Jimmie (played by Jimmie Fails), is on a Muni bus when he overhears two women, clearly transplants to the city, dissing San Francisco.

“I’ve been saying for months, let’s just move…


Someone (probably on Twitter) once said that academia is like a bad relationship where the aspiring academic gives and gives and never gets anything in return. Countless PhD holders sacrifice everything to “succeed” in academia, with success defined as attaining a tenure-track job, a position that guarantees you at least…


Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn sent the internet into a tailspin earlier this week when she labeled actress and newly announced gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon an “unqualified lesbian”. The uproar thus far has mainly focused on the salaciousness of political infighting between two queer women. However, what’s…


Rarely does a live concert album match the brilliance and popularity of a studio album, but that’s what Erykah Badu’s Live did when it was released on November 18, 1997, just nine months after the debut of her first and iconic album, Baduizm.

I think the Live album was at…


Before you read my take, go read these pieces by Dr. Brittney Cooper: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/music/a8775477/adele-black-friends-at-the-grammys/

and Luvvie Ajayi: http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2017/02/2017-grammys-recap.html

When Beyoncé’s tour de force album Lemonade won Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards last night, I began to worry about her chances for Album of the Year. Queen…


The series treats relations between Dominicans, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans with a level of nuance uncommon in mainstream media

Image: http://www.lionsgatepublicity.com

The fourth season of Orange Is the New Black (2013 — ) has a lot to say about inter-ethnic hostility within the Latinx community. The episode “Power Suit” (4.2) …

Rebecca Bodenheimer, PhD

Writer. Editor. Independent scholar. I write about pop culture (music/TV/film), Cuba, higher education, and identity. https://rebeccabodenheimer.contently.com/

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