Author: Megan Biddinger

Megan Biddinger (University of Michigan) studies the intersections of gender and sexuality and religion and spirituality in film and television. She's also interested in popular music and the uses and meanings of sound recording and listening technologies.

What do you think? Oprah

Last week Oprah Winfrey announced that when her current contract expires in September 2011, she will end her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, after 25 years. Now that you’ve had ample time to digest that news and recover from…


What Are You Missing: November 15-21

Ten things worth checking out online from the past week: First, three for Twilight (So much good analysis and/or parody! How could I resist?): 1. Lindsay H. Garrison’s post in anticipation of New Moon; 2. College Humor’s parody trailer, Twilight:…


Review: The View From The Afterparty

By Megan Biddinger and Christopher Cwynar

R. Kelly has been in the news of late for his alleged indiscretions, his outlandish serialized ‘Hip Hopera’ Trapped in the Closet, and the baroque ‘sexaphors’ that drive his self-reflexive club jams. However, during Kelly’s recent stop in Milwaukee, salaciousness took a backseat to earnestness and gratitude as he played to his most dedicated fans and worked to legitimate his claim to the R&B throne.