Author: Mary Beltrán

Mary Beltrán (University of Texas - Austin) writes and teaches on the production of race, gender, and class in film, television, and celebrity culture; recent projects have explored mixed race and questioned "post-racial" representation. To that end, she's fascinated with and trying to figure out Glee. She's the author of Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes and co-editor of Mixed Race Hollywood.

For the Love of Glee

Glee has garnered ardent fans, or Gleeks, around the world. Just as notable, it appears to have been embraced as particularly American. What is it about the series that has inspired this phenomenon?


Smells Like an Ethnically Divided Teen Star System

The photos of the six actresses, all trumpeted as stars on the verge, were displayed in such a way that Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, who is of partial Filipino, Chinese, and Native American descent, and Zoë Kravitz, daughter of Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz, were positioned opposite “white” actresses Lily Collins, Isabel Lucas, and Amber Heard.