Leigh Kolb

‘The To Do List’: The Movie I’ve Been Waiting For

And then I saw it–a film that extols the importance of female agency and sexuality with a healthy dose of raunch, a film that includes a sexually experienced and supportive mother, a film that celebrates female friendship and quotes Gloria Steinem, a film that features Green Apple Pucker and multiple references to Pearl Jam and Hillary Clinton.
Yes. This is it.

‘Je suis FEMEN’ (‘I am FEMEN’): The Story of Oksana Shachko and a Movement


While they disrupt a game, we see footage of the cheerleaders and female entertainers dancing and performing for male audiences. There were numerous charges filed against the Femen activists after Euro 2012. The scantily clad women that were in those spaces specifically for the male gaze, however, were welcomed.

‘Advantageous’: The Future is Now

Jacqueline Kim co-wrote the screenplay for Advantageous and also stars as its lead, Gwen Koh.

“Are women really going backwards going forward?”

‘Sex(ed)’: How America Learned About Sex


The footage could be overwhelming (Goodman analyzed 500 films), but she presents it all in a way that leaves the viewer satisfied but wanting more information–just like a good documentary should.

‘The Killing’ and the Misogyny of Hating Bad Mothers

Vilifying mothers is a national pastime. Absent mothers, celebrity mothers, helicopter mothers, working mothers, stay-at-home mothers, mothers with too many children, mothers with too few children, women who don’t want to be or can’t be mothers–for women, there’s no clear way to do it right.

‘Tales of the Grim Sleeper’ and ‘The Central Park Five’ Show Whose Lives Matter

Pam Brooks guides filmmaker Nick Broomfield around her LA neighborhood in Tales of the Grim Sleeper.

These same voices weren’t heard or listened to in the various investigations conducted by the LAPD in the 1980s. The film tells the story of Enietra Washington, Franklin’s only known survivor. In 1988, after Franklin picked her up and attempted to kill her, she gave the police a description of Franklin’s car (an orange Pinto) and described his face to a sketch artist.

True Beauty in ‘A Day in Eden’


This moment, of course, is true beauty. They are vulnerable with one another, and that erases the walls that we constantly build up between generations, religions, and genders.

‘House of Cards’ Season 3: There’s Only One Seat in the Oval Office

Walking side by side in this season 3 promo still.

“I’ve been in the passenger seat for decades. It’s time for me to get behind the wheel.”

Ruthless, Pragmatic Feminism in ‘House of Cards’


Claire is a horrible human being for many, many reasons–but her abortions aren’t included in those reasons. The show makes that clear.

The Complex, Unlikable Women of ‘House of Cards’

Daddy Issues, Menopause and Female Power

These women are complex, if not likable, and that’s a good thing.

The Academy’s White Noise: Silencing the Lions

Black men and women, organized by character type, who have won Academy Awards. This is an updated infographic after Nyong'o's win last year. We won't get to add "Historical Civil Rights Icon" as a category in 2015.    Click to enlarge.

I said that I had hoped this year would be different. However, when the Academy announced its nominations, I was not surprised.

‘Through a Lens Darkly’: Toward a More Beautiful Family Album


For example, in 1840–just one year after photography was invented in France–Jules Lion (an African American man) opened a daguerrotype studio in New Orleans. Ten years later, Louis Agassiz, a scientist from Harvard, worked with a daguerreian in South Carolina to capture images of slaves. The contrast of a free Black photographer and the “specimen”-like treatment of the slaves (and the fact that both were largely forgotten or lost) is, at its core, the contrast–the double consciousness–of the imagery of Black America.