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Isha Aran


New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Isha:

White House Gift Shop Is Still Selling Coins for the North Korea Summit That Isn't Happening

Today, it was announced that President Donald Trump would, in fact, not be meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump informed Kim of the cancelation in a letter that read like a cross between a third grader writing to his Korean pen pal and a third grader threatening nuclear war on his Korean pen pal. But that’s beside the point! See, now that the meeting is not happening, there has… → Read More

Fox News Host's Response to Massacre of Palestinian Protesters Is Literally 'Meh!'

Last week, the international community condemned Israel over its massacre of over 60 Palestinian protesters—including children—at the border fence between Gaza and Israel. → Read More

'It's Always There': Going Back to Columbine 19 Years Later

“We’ve grown up knowing nothing more than the fact that we may be shot in our school,” 16-year-old Kaylee Tyner said as she dipped her spoon into a cup of frozen yogurt. Her tone was so frank she almost sounded bored. We were in Littleton, Colorado, about a three minute drive from Columbine High School, where Tyner is a junior. “That’s blunt, but that’s the reality,” she said. Behind us, other… → Read More

America Is in Love With Asian Music, but Asian American Artists Still Can't Catch a Break

2017 was a breakthrough year for Asian music—or, more specifically, for one kind of Asian music: K-pop. → Read More

Mike Pence Is Having a Full-Blown Meltdown Over Being Called Out for His Homophobia

Mike Pence just won’t let it go. After it emerged on Wednesday that openly gay Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon had turned down a meeting with Pence to discuss his public opposition to Pence’s homophobia, the vice president of the United States fired off a couple of awkward and desperate tweets just after midnight on Thursday. → Read More

Shutting Jimmy Fallon Up Is the Greatest Gift Cardi B Gave Us in 2017

It may be four days before Christmas (if that’s something you celebrate), but Cardi B is out here handing out precious gifts early. Not only did she become the first female rapper to have her first three singles hit the top ten of Billboard’s Hot 100, but yesterday she singlehandedly made The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon entertaining. → Read More

Harvey Weinstein Is Saving His Nastiest Smear Attempts for Women of Color

On Wednesday, the New York Times published an op-ed from actress Salma Hayek detailing her sexual harassment at the hands of Harvey Weinstein as well as the professional punishment that she faced as a result of resisting him. → Read More

I Have Good News and Bad News About Beyoncé

Beyoncé has an uncanny ability to completely flood the pop culture landscape with content whenever she sees fit, so it’s a little mind-blowing that the last time she had a Number 1 song on Billboard’s Hot 100 was nine years ago—until this week. → Read More

Rashida Jones Clarifies That She Left Pixar Over Racism and Sexism, Not Harassment

John Lasseter, the founder of Pixar, is the latest powerful Hollywood executive to be taken down by reports of widespread sexual misconduct against female employees. A piece by The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday contained multiple accusations of unwanted hugging, groping, and kissing by Lasseter. Among the allegations was that actress and writer Rashida Jones and her writing partner, Will… → Read More

Meet the Immigrant Comedians Making Deportation Funny

“My family, we came to this country illegally fair and square,” Felipe Esparza declares. The crowd erupts into laughter and applause. He then explains that despite living in America for 35 years, his parents still can’t speak English. “I’m like, ‘Deport these motherfuckers.’ You can’t say ‘Cheesecake Factory’? Get the fuck out.” → Read More

HBO's Post-Charlottesville Defense of Confederate Might Be Its Worst One Yet

Last month, HBO announced that it would be joining the ranks of Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale and Amazon’s Man in the High Castle and getting into the dystopian alt-history thriller game. Their take? Confederate, a show from two white men in which the South successfully seceded from the Union, “giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution.” As you… → Read More

Taraji P. Henson's New Movie Looks So Trashy but Also Like Maybe the Best Movie of the Year?

Sony just dropped the first trailer for Proud Mary, Taraji P. Henson’s latest film about a hit woman who works for a Boston mob family, and while I don’t know exactly what’s going on, what I do know is that there are a few sexy wigs and a LOT of guns. → Read More

Black Female Comedians Open Up About the Realities of Breaking Down Racist, Sexist Barriers

It’s hard being a comedian. It’s even harder to be a woman in comedy. It’s even harder than that to be a black woman in comedy. → Read More

The BBC’s Gender Pay Gap Is Embarrassingly Monstrous

Doctor Who may now be a woman, but other than that, things are not great for women at the BBC, judging by a newly released list of names and salaries of the corporation’s highest-paid employees. → Read More

Why I Have Mixed Feelings About These GQ Covers

Today, GQ unveiled its latest cover star, John Boyega. It turns out that he’s the fourth black man in a row to appear on GQ’s U.S. cover. → Read More

How a Korean Grindcore Band Defied the Country's Toxic Establishment—And Paid a High Price

“There’s someone we admire,” Kwon Yong-man declares from behind his drum kit. Kwon—who, along with Jang Sung-gun, makes up the grindcore outfit Bamseom Pirates—is performing at a protest against the U.S.—Korea Free Trade Agreement. → Read More

Netflix Cashes in on Bollywood Star Power for First Original Indian Series

Yesterday, Netflix proved just how much of a critical powerhouse it is, earning 93 Emmy nominations—and it’s doing everything it can to maintain its position everywhere around the world. Early this morning, the streaming service announced that Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan would be starring in its first-ever original Indian series Sacred Games. → Read More

Emmys Stiff Women of Color but Leave Room for Bill Maher's Bigoted Ass

The nominations for the 2017 Emmys were announced and well, there’s certainly some progress! But also, in some respects, unless you’re a fan of Westworld and SNL, things might be a little disappointing. → Read More

The First Gay Muslim Wedding in British History Has an Incredible Backstory

In this terrible world of Russia shit and healthcare shit and racist shit, it turns out, sometimes good things can happen. Take, for example, the UK’s first-ever gay marriage involving a Muslim. → Read More

Why This Black Panther Magazine Cover Really Matters

We’re about seven months away from the release of Black Panther, but just in time for San Diego Comic Con next week, Entertainment Weekly has released their latest cover dedicated to the film and the Afrofuturistic kingdom of Wakanda. → Read More