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Pretty Woman - Vivian Goes Shopping

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Pretty Woman is a 1990 romantic comedy film in which a broke Hollywood prostitute, Vivian (Julia Roberts) falls in love with a wealthy executive, Edward (Richard Gere), who has hired her to be his escort. The film was originally conceived as a dark, cautionary tale about class and prostitution in Los Angeles, but was subsequently reimagined as a romantic comedy “fairy tale.” It quickly became one of the most popular films of all time.  In this scene, viewers witness Vivian’s “Cinderella moment” as she is transformed from a low-class prostitute into a dazzling Beverly Hills socialite – thanks to Edward’s no holds barred approach to boutique shopping and his high-limit credit card. 

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Racial discrimination, white privilege, and standing up to systemic inequality: Joy DeGruy, “A trip to the grocery store”

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In this video clip from World Trust’s film, Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, educator, author, and researcher Joy Angela DeGruy tells the story of how she and her daughter were discriminated against at a grocery store and how her sister-in-law used her White privilege to intervene, take a stand against the discriminatory and unjust interaction, and point out that moment as an example of unexamined privileges and internal biases manifesting in an institutionalized, systemic inequity. She also describes how this interaction affected not just the people directly involved, but also the people who witnessed the event. 

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Real Housewives

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This is a joint promo for The Real Housewives of New Jersey (2009 - present) and The Real Housewives of Orange County (2006 - present). Both shows are part of the Real Housewives franchise, created and produced by the cable channel Bravo. The franchise has been incredibly successful, with spin-offs in several cities across the nation. Each follows the lives and friendships of wealthy housewives and professional women in urban and suburban locations.

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Roles of Latinas in Movies

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This poster advertises the New York Latino Film Festival. It features an infographic depicting the kinds of jobs Latina characters have in movies to demonstrate the frequency with which they appear as maids, as opposed to other professions. The tag line of the poster reads, "Films and Movies. Come See the Difference." At the very bottom of the poster are the logos of the various sponsors of the film festival.

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Set It Off-Trailer

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This is the trailer from the 1996 feature film Set it Off, starring Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Kimbery Elise. Four female friends in Los Angeles, all facing various hardships and frustrated with their economic conditions, resort to bank robbery in order to better the circumstances of their families. The film demonstrates the grim and often desperate realities faced by working-class women of color. The clip depicts the four women planning and executing several bank robberies, and engaging in violent behavior along the way.Set it Offis a rare example of a major action film starring African-American women as the protagonists.

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