Innovation Lies at the Intersection of Pop Culture and Politics

In academia and some social justice spaces, these types of spaces are often difficult to come by - specifically spaces that center Blackness instead of whiteness and multicultural issues. Even more, to have an event, like this one, that brought young people together to actually study political theory is something that gave one of my guests hope and encouragement to innovate and reimagine the ways in which they think about schooling and studying.⁣⁣⁣

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Lessons I Learned from Watching "Knock Down the House"

The film heavily focuses on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s triumph, so much so that the other three women who ran alongside Ocasio-Cortez seem to be merely footnotes in Ocasio-Cortez’s growing political career. Ocasio-Cortez is framed as the winner of the typical American relay race; the one where countless people build upon their successes and continue to pass along the baton until one person, deemed to be exceptional, crosses the finish line. The film did a great job of highlighting the team that transpired to carry Ocasio-Cortez to the finish line, but if all the women who ran had similar campaigns, stories of struggle and triumph, and arguably the same amount of zeal, why is Ocasio-Cortez the only candidate who won  a Congressional seat?

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