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Casey Mendoza

Culture Reporter

Casey Mendoza is Newsy's in-house pop culture nerd and entertainment critic. Before joining the company in 2017, she studied political science and journalism at Knox College and freelanced as a reporter, photographer and videographer in western Illinois and Washington, D.C. Even when she isn't working, Casey is constantly devouring pieces of entertainment and thinking about them in the context of social issues, politics, history and culture. Outside of Newsy, you can find her geekiest musings on Twitter.

  Recent Work
Album cover for "Face Value" by rappers Jason Chu and Alan Z.
GGE Media / Jason Chu and Alan ZEntertainment

Hip-Hop History: Dropping The Beat On AAPI Artists

Chris Rock in poster for "Spiral: From The Book of Saw"
Lionsgate Films / "Spiral"Entertainment

'Spiral' Director Says New Film Skips Gimmicky Gore Of 'Saw' Franchise

Filming of "United States of Al"
CBS / "United States of Al'Entertainment

Reza Aslan Talks Representation And Criticism Of 'United States Of Al'

Handmaids from Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale"
Hulu / "The Handmaid's Tale"Entertainment

Season 4 Of 'The Handmaid's Tale' Is More Rebellious Than Ever

Stylized illustration of Oscar award.
Krislam Chin / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesEntertainment

Streaming Brings Less 'Huh?' and More 'Seen It' To Oscars This Year

Movie posters for "One Night In Miami," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and "The Father"
Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Sony Pictures ClassicEntertainment

Oscar Looks To The Stage To Mine Hollywood Screen Gems

Collage of posters for Black-led films

The Oscars' Fixation On Black Trauma Is An Issue Of Diversity

Homeless teen and deaf-blind man wait for bus in "Feeling Through"
"Feeling Through"Entertainment

'Feeling Through' Short Film Makes History For Deaf-Blind Community

Rapper DMX performs during 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards.

Rapper DMX Dies At 50 Years Old

Collage of promotional posters for live-streamed concerts.

The Future Of Live Music Is Still Very Digital

Andre the Giant, portrayed by actor Matthew Willig, shows action figure to wrestler friends.
Mark Taylor / NBCEntertainment

NBC Sitcom 'Young Rock' Pays Tribute To Andre The Giant

Cast of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" performs blues song in recording studio.
David Lee / NetflixEntertainment

Cast Of 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' Wins NAACP Image Award

Masked retail workers from sitcom "Superstore" stand together.
Trae Patton / NBCEntertainment

NBC's 'Superstore' Ends As A Time Capsule For The Everyday American

Family sits on a picnic blanket outside.
John P. Fleenor / NetflixEntertainment

NAACP Honors Netflix's 'Family Reunion' For Portrayal of Black Life

Director Zack Snyder on the set of "Justice League."
Courtesy of HBO MaxEntertainment

4-Hour 'Zack Snyder's Justice League' More Than Just A Director's Cut

A promotional photograph for the South ParQ Vaccination Special
Comedy Central / South ParkEntertainment

Hollywood QAnon Portrayals Are Funny — But Also Dangerous?

South Korean boy band BTS performs at Times Square in 2019.

BTS Rides 'Korean Wave' Into First-Ever Grammy Nomination

Pictures of teen girls from "Girlhood" book.
Algonquin Young Readers / "Girlhood"Entertainment

Empowering Girls Around The World Through Storytelling

AMC Magic Theatres in New York City.
Aaron Fedor / NewsySci/Health

Is It Safe For New Yorkers To Go Back To Movie Theaters?

Posters for film and TV series that feature stories about sexual assault
Netflix, HBO, Focus Features, etc.Entertainment

More Nuance And Diversity In Hollywood Portrayals Of Sexual Assault

Chloé Zhao

'Nomadland' Director Chloé Zhao Makes Hollywood History

Matt Damon in "The Martian"
20th Century Fox / "The Martian"Entertainment

Science Fiction And Our Fascination With Stories About Mars

"Wandavision" characters
Marvel StudiosEntertainment

Bolstered By Original Series, Streaming Platforms Continue Mass Growth

Michelle Obama poses with puppet characters from "Waffle + Mochi"
Netflix / "Waffles + Mochi"Entertainment

Michelle Obama Announces New Netflix Series 'Waffles + Mochi'

"Karate Kid" creator shows picture with Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio.

'Karate Kid' Creator Talks 'Cobra Kai,' Broadway Plans And Pat Morita

Empty auditorium at Lied Center theater
Lied Center for Performing ArtsEntertainment

Cautious Optimism In Cinema And Live Theater As Pandemic Continues

Elderly man exits Disneyland after receiving COVID-19 vaccine.

Event Employees Say Their Skills Are Just The Ticket For Vaccine Work

Actor Sidney Poitier appears at 1961 Cannes Film Festival.

New Film School Honors Trailblazing Actor Sidney Poitier

Poet Amanda Gorman delivers inaugural poem "The Hill We Climb"
Associated PressEntertainment

Poet Gorman May Spark Next Generation Of Artists

Flags near Capitol Hill before inauguration

Virtual Inauguration Parties: Concerts, Yoga And Lectures