Shamira Ibrahim

extremely online

In Defense of Cancel Culture

“Cancellation isn't personal. It’s a way for marginalized communities to publicly assert their value systems through pop culture.”
Shamira Ibrahim
4.4.19
Hip-Hop

Megan Thee Stallion and the Persistence of Music Journalism's Misogyny

A recently resurfaced interview with Megan Thee Stallion by music industry figure DJ Smallz focuses on her childhood bodily development instead of her career as an up-and-coming rapper.
Shamira Ibrahim
3.5.19
influencers

The Dark Reality of Being a Brand Influencer

Aspirational content, akin to thousand-dollar "Vogue" spreads or "Travel & Leisure" editorials, bank on creating a sense of fantasy—however the actual return is low for most users.
Shamira Ibrahim
3.4.19
extremely online

How the Internet Became a Playground for Exploiting Black Creators

Fortnite, owned by Epic Games, is currently in litigation with Black creators over the use of their dance moves. But the video game company is not the first to mine Black digital ingenuity for profit.
Shamira Ibrahim
2.4.19
Culture

YesJulz Is the Latest Example of the Problem With Voluntourism

YesJulz accompanied Kanye West on his recent trip to Uganda. Their visit poses questions about international goodwill, intent, and how optics relate to actual altruism.
Shamira Ibrahim
10.22.18
Culture

Remember that 'Charmed' Episode About Gender Roles?

When Prue Halliwell turns into a man to lure a testosterone-consuming succubus, the sisters, and really all of us, learn a lesson on stereotypical gender roles.
Shamira Ibrahim
10.15.18
Cold Takes

An Ode to Tabitha Lenox, the Forgotten Soap Opera Witch of 'Passions'

"Passions" may have ended 10 years ago, but we're still transfixed by how Tabitha played equal parts Greek chorus to the quaint neighborhood’s conflicts, and arbiter of chaos.
Shamira Ibrahim
10.3.18