#OscarSoWhite more like #HollywoodSoWhite

In late February 2016, the Academy Awards nominations for the following year were released. While the actors and filmmakers who were nominated celebrated their triumph, others were outraged—for the second year in a row the twenty actors and actresses nominated for the top four categories were white. This notion led to the #OscarsSoWhite movement that arguably made more noise than the Oscars themselves. A conversation that was already present now was going to heard by everyone. Several actors included Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith boycotted the award show and others included George Clooney, Reese Witherspoon and President Barack Obama showed their support for the call to create a more inclusive and representative environment.

Sexual objectification: Is it a problem? How do we solve it?

EAST LANSING, Mich. — During Halloween in 2016, Sharon Thomas, a human biology major at University of Michigan, was walking through the neighborhood of Cedar Village around 8 p.m. when a man called her from across the street. “He said, ‘Hey, baby, you look fine,’ then he ran over to me from across the road,” said Thomas.  “I didn’t really register what he was doing at the moment.”

Thomas said the man ran up to her and grabbed her waist while complimenting her. She pushed him away physically, but she couldn’t get him out of her mind.