Waves directed by Trey Edward Shults, it tells the story of family dynamics after a great tragedy. The film is told in the eyes of the family’s two teenage children, Tyler (played Kelvin Harrison Jr., who also starred in Shults’ film It Comes At Night), the oldest sibling who is…

There is a type of film that packs movie theaters across the country, the type of films that create this communal experience and those are franchise films. These franchises are the multitude of comic book films such as Marvel and DC, or the modernized remakes of the classic films. Although…

In the film Moonlight directed by Barry Jenkins, we dissected our impressions of the film, the impact it created, and how we feel about straight males telling queer stories. But beyond those points and learning lessons was the importance of viewing Moonlight under the lens of queer philosophy and queer…

Now, it must me said that queer people do not have to present themselves or be validated by anyone to be queer, that is fact. With that being said, the push back of Ocean’s queerness in his public persona is probably at his own doing, in which I don’t mean…

When we speak about Frank Ocean and his role in the zeitgeist, it will almost be about his genius and brilliance. People will speak on the lyrical mastermind has made transcendent music, however, fans and critics alike always seem to sideline his sexuality. I’ve noticed in recent years that Ocean…

In 2012, Frank Ocean did something unprecedented to his base (although his lyrics of Channel Orange are somewhat telling, so maybe not that unprecedented), he came out on his famous Tumblr blog post. The garnered freat attention from fans and critics alike who oraised him for his letter. …

Frank Ocean should be recognized as a queer icon, so why isn’t he is comparison to say Sam Smith? Lady Gaga? Even Harry Styles gets credit for being a queer icon and he hasn’t even publicly come out yet (not like you have to). I’ll be arguing that Frank Ocean should be considered a queer icon from his coming out letter, foreword to Moonlight, and raising money for Prep+ and many more, and will be lightly touching on why he doesn’t get recognition as queer staple artist/icon.

Samantha Rivera

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