The Gregorio Escalante Gallery in Los Angeles’ Chinatown is running the “Black Panthers Los Angeles” exhibit through May 14th. This exhibit features homages to the Black Panther party, its ideologies, and its lasting legacy upon American politics, culture, and social movements. The implementation of the party’s ideals included activism that sought to combat the negative impacts of capitalism, misogyny, and white supremacy.
All in all, the words spoken in this space reflected a discussion on body image that can be rare to find. It reflected thoughts from an intersectional perspective, and addressed the intrinsic humanness of struggling with self-love, regardless of sexuality, ability, race, or gender.
Conversations about representation in media have been critical in America’s changing political and cultural landscape, particularly with the rampant cultural appropriation, white-washing, and transphobia in Hollywood. Recently, Nolwen Cifuentes, Silas Howard, and Tani Ikeda addressed identity and media in an intersectional feminist panel hosted by Allies in Arts to reflect on rising activism under the new US president.
From “Gilmore Girls,” we find empowerment, with recognition of where we have come from, and an indication of the long way that we still have to go.
The story seems to go the same way each time that we tell it: we are tired of facing physical, sexual, and verbal threats. However, in the case of harassment, it is also important to recognize a disparity in women’s experiences.