Content Warning: Lewd screenshots below. This essay also discusses a depiction that could be interpreted as sexual trauma. Though I explain why there is a more likely interpretation, I wanted to warn any readers this discussion may be triggering.

Peach Boy Riverside is one of the newer anime series out this season. The story follows a princess named Sally who goes off in search of adventure and to find Mikoto, a traveler who once came through her kingdom and slayed powerful ogres with ease. Along the way, Sally teams up with Frau (a harefolk), Hawthorn (a knight) and Meki (also called “Carrot,” a former high-ranking ogre).

The series is a fantasy world adaptation of the famous Japanese folk lore of Momotaro, or “Peach Boy,” about an old couple who found a giant peach with baby inside. …


The hardest thing to do as a Christian is to forgive. There’s a kind of ironic determinism to it — we are adamant that forgiveness is too precious to come without cost, yet God calls those of faith to forgive freely.

I’ve never felt as ambivalent about any artist as much as I do Kanye West. As a writer and beatmaker from the south side of Chicago, I won’t stunt and understate the influence Kanye had on me. Unless you were a teenager around 2007–2008, its hard to describe what it feel like when a Kanye album dropped. His sound…


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SHORT REVIEW — SPOILER ALERT —

The Stranger by the Shore is a boy love film on Funimation, following the romance between Shun and Mio.

Shun often sees Mio walking to school or home, and tries to find ways to talk to him. He’s tentative with his flirting at first, not wanting to be too forward with Mio because he doesn’t know if Mio is gay or not. But after a couple chance encounters, the two get formally acquainted. Mio cuts out all the subtext, asking Shun “Were you flirting? If you were, I don’t mind.”

However, their courtship is cut short, as Mio has to…


Studio Ghibli provides some of the most imaginative stories and lush worlds we have in film. I’ve seen every Studio Ghibli films at least once, and a few multiple times. Each one has its own unique beauty and though I wouldn’t argue that it is the best Studio Ghibli film (I’d argue that title goes to either Spirit Away or Princess Mononoke), Whisper of the Heart is my personal favorite.

Directed by Yoshifumi Kondō, the film was based on the manga Mimi o Sumaseba which was originally created by Aoi Hiiragi and is the first Studio Ghibli film not directed…


Historians estimate that around 1 in 4 cowboys were Black and were part of settler colonialism to some extent

Collage made from photos of Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves, Courtesy Art T. Burton; actor Idris Elba in the film “Concrete Cowboys; Brianna Noble, photo by Noah Berger

When most of think of a cowboy, we tend to think of slick-talking, sharpshooting white man with cowboy hat and leather boots. In the U.S., it’s a tall task to grow up without seeing at least one western film or tv show with this archetype. But the term “cowboy” was what Black cattle ranchers, usually slaves or former slaves, were called.

The stories of Black cowboys are often left untold in American history and pop culture. Descendants of these ranchers want to combat this oversight, and set the record straight in an effort to include the contributions of these men…


Ayanami Rei from Neon Genesis Evangelion

You can read the first essay in this series here.

Ayanami Rei from the series Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most iconic characters in anime history. Scholars of anime and Japanese culture argue that NGE and the fandom surrounding Rei in the 1990s was a key moment in bringing global attention to otaku culture—both as a cultural phenomenon worth critical analysis and a commercial opportunity.

Throughout the series and upon its close, Japanese fans clamored for more of Rei—buying up art, figurines, life-size dolls, posters, clothing and other merchandise. …


On Wednesday July 14, Jackson Palmerm, who is one of the creators of Dogecoin, made a Twitter thread explaining his reasoning behind why he would not return to cryptocurrency and why he thinks it is “inherently right-wing.”

Read his thoughts below.

I am often asked if I will “return to cryptocurrency” or begin regularly sharing my thoughts on the topic again. My answer is a wholehearted “no”, but to avoid repeating myself I figure it might be worthwhile briefly explaining why here…

After years of studying it, I believe that cryptocurrency is an inherently right-wing, hyper-capitalistic technology built primarily to amplify the wealth of its proponents through a combination of tax avoidance, diminished regulatory oversight and artificially enforced scarcity.

Despite claims of “decentralization”, the cryptocurrency industry is controlled by a powerful cartel of wealthy figures who, with time, have evolved to incorporate many of the same institutions tied to the existing centralized financial system they supposedly set out to replace.

The cryptocurrency industry leverages a network of shady business connections, bought influencers and pay-for-play media outlets to perpetuate a cult-like “get rich quick” funnel designed to extract new money from the financially desperate and naive.

Financial exploitation undoubtedly existed before cryptocurrency, but cryptocurrency is almost purpose built to make the funnel of profiteering more efficient for those at the top and less safeguarded for the vulnerable.

Cryptocurrency is like taking the worst parts of today’s capitalist system (eg. corruption, fraud, inequality) and using software to technically limit the use of interventions (eg. audits, regulation, taxation) which serve as protections or safety nets for the average person.

Lose your savings account password? Your fault. Fall victim to a scam? Your fault. Billionaires manipulating markets? They’re geniuses. This is the type of dangerous “free for all” capitalism cryptocurrency was unfortunately architected to facilitate since its inception.

But these days even the most modest critique of cryptocurrency will draw smears from the powerful figures in control of the industry and the ire of retail investors who they’ve sold the false promise of one day being a fellow billionaire. Good-faith debate is near impossible.

For these reasons, I simply no longer go out of my way to engage in public discussion regarding cryptocurrency. It doesn’t align with my politics or belief system, and I don’t have the energy to try and discuss that with those unwilling to engage in a grounded conversation.

I applaud those with the energy to continue asking the hard questions and applying the lens of rigorous skepticism all technology should be subject to. New technology can make the world a better place, but not when decoupled from its inherent politics or societal consequences.


“Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you where you come from,” said Romuald Hazoumè, a visual artist from Benin in the new Netflix series High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America

High on the Hog follows host Stephen Satterfield, a chef, sommelier and food writer, as he traverses the African diaspora to trace the historical origins of African-American cuisine. The first of the four episodes is the most emotional. Satterfield starts in Benin where he visits one of the largest open air markets in West Africa. Along with culinary scholar Dr. Jessica B. Harris (whose…


There has been an ongoing public discourse over things like cancel culture, political correctness, wokeness, critical race theory, etc. Both sides of the political spectrum see the other as using bad faith attacks to control the bounds of rational debate and push the other out of the public square.

Many of these discourses (at least to the extent that they originate from the Right) connect back to the idea that the major-fact finding institutions—academia and the free press—are “liberal,” or at least biased towards worldviews ranging from left-of-center to progressive. …

Joshua Adams

Joshua Adams is a staff writer at Colorlines.com from Chicago. UVA & USC. Taught media and communication at DePaul & Salem State. Twitter: @journojoshua

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