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Smart Pop Classics: Cross My Heart and Hope to Die in Wakanda

In the Smart Pop Classics series, we share greatest hits from our throwback essay collections. This week, Felicia Stewart discusses the significance of the movie, Black Panther, on Black culture in her essay “Cross My Heart and Hope to Die in Wakanda” from Why Wakanda Matters. “If You Can See It, You Can Be It; Black… Read more Smart Pop Classics: Cross My Heart and Hope to Die in Wakanda

Things We Loved This Week #5

Things We Loved This Week #5

In this week’s Things We Loved This Week we share (spoiler alert)…the things we loved! Read on for our pop culture recommendations including giveaways, a Mare of Easttown think piece, and a Ghostbusters Twinkie recipe. Loki finally premiered on Disney+! We’ve been eagerly awaiting Tom Hiddleston’s regular presence in our living rooms and its good to… Read more Things We Loved This Week #5

The Con-a-Sutra Sweepstakes!

We’re celebrating the June 29 release of The Con-a-Sutra with a special sweepstakes. The winner will receive an original piece of art titled “Animal Xing,” created for The Con-a-Sutra by famed comic artist J.K. Woodward! The illustration is 12 x 18″, ink on cold pressed cotton watercolor paper. How to Enter Fill out the form below… Read more The Con-a-Sutra Sweepstakes!

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Smart Pop Classics: How Harry Potter Fanfic Changed the World (or at Least the Internet)

In the Smart Pop Classics series, we share greatest hits from our throwback essay collections. This week, Heidi Tandy (aka Heidi8) time travels back to the early 2000s and shows how much attitudes around fanfiction have changed in her essay “How Harry Potter Fanfic Changed the World (or at Least the Internet)” from Fic: Why Fanfiction… Read more Smart Pop Classics: How Harry Potter Fanfic Changed the World (or at Least the Internet)