Star Wars, Global Sequelitis, and the Chinese Box Office

The Hollywood  Reporter is among the news outlets highlighting some disappointments in the Star Wars franchise’s latest box office showing, observing that The Last Jedi has earned less in its Chinese midnight previews than previous installment The Force Awakens, and is losing out overall to domestic Chinese comedy, The Ex-File 3.

Naked Chalupa Threatens to Wrack Thousands Of Middle-Class Servants with Guilt

Taco Bell has announced a taco with a fried chicken shell, dubbed “The Naked Chicken Chalupa.” As the announcement trickled through however it is people get their news these days – Twitter, Facebook, a sentient vibrator that is constantly on the lookout for food to incorporate in the bedroom – the reactions were predictably divided….

No Longer Sitting Alone [St. Jane Archives]

Why white players should sit with Colin Kaepernick BY MILES JOHNSON On Thursday night, the 49ers quarterback was joined in protest by teammate Eric Reid, and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane. Consequently, they pivoted the conversation from Kaepernick’s lone direction, to one that rightly involves the broader population of Black football players. Comments made by players like Victor…

RIP Alton Sterling [St. Jane Archives]

BY MILES JOHNSON Alton Sterling was selling CDs outside the Triple S. Food Mart before two Baton Rouge police officers wrestled him to the ground, shot, and killed him. Sterling’s name is added to the long list of black people who have committed the deadly sin of being black and alive. I do not know…

Refugee Report: Using Multimedia to Tell Syrian Stories [St. Jane Archives]

BY CHRISTIAN M. PATTERSON Jack Leslie, former chairman of USA for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and current board member of the United States African Development Foundation and the Advisory Committee for Voluntary Foreign Aid, wrote a piece showcasing different methods of showcasing the struggles of refugees in different media. Leslie writes on the three…

Refugee Report, Week Two: Texas Sues Org Helping Refugees [St. Jane Archives]

BY CHRISTIAN M. PATTERSON The biggest NGO in the news this past week has been the New York non-profit International Rescue Committee (IRC). IRC is the humanitarian aid organization trying to place refugees in Dallas. In response, the state of Texas has resisted placement, claiming that the IRC and the federal government have bypassed the state’s…

Refugee Report: Week One [St. Jane Archives]

BY CHRISTIAN M. PATTERSON Middle Eastern refugees, especially Syrians, have been fleeing to Western and Northern Europe to seek asylum. However, this has provoked a rise in European nationalist sentiment  that resources are being exhausted to take care of these refugees. This European resistance has increased substantially since the Paris terrorist attacks. Although right-leaning Western…