Is there anything more vile than blackface? Two centuries ago, they painted their faces with black makeup to approximate their understanding of blackness. These minstrels lampooned blacks as, "dim-witted, lazy, buffoonish, superstitious and happy-go-lucky." Some would argue that today hip hop and its appropriators are donning a new type of blackface. Today's creatives, or artists if … Continue reading Has Hip Hop Become the New Minstrel Show?
In a year when President Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos are lampooning Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in our nation's hallowed halls and at graduations, the black college narrative is even more important. When Ms. Devos said, "HBCUs are the real pioneers when it comes to school choice," it was clear that for her … Continue reading The Black College Narrative: From Hillman College to California University (LA)
Sundance TV is the little engine that could. It was the home of stories that mattered before AMC adopted the now famous tagline in 2009. Brainchild of Robert Redford, it has showcased indies and documentaries before they became a cottage industry in Hollywood. Since 1996 it has had a number of partners Showtime Networks Inc. … Continue reading If you are not watching Gomorrah… (No Spoilers)
Unmuting tennis commentators can be as dangerous as reading trite tennis writers. Their goal is completion, match and deadline, not the museum of thought. Their prose can't be mistaken for poetry. They traffic in dreaded clichés, tropes and narratives, delivering formaldehyde to our collective sport brain. We have gone from three channels to digital boxes guaranteeing information overload. … Continue reading Clichés, Tropes and Narratives Oh My!
The Gregorian Calendar or rather the commercialization of it, reminds some and forces others, to offer gratitude, confront difficult truths or mourn mothers on the second Sunday of May. Mother's Day or guilt season, depending on your religion and culture, is upon us. We are inundated with ads reinforcing a need to purchase cards, flowers, … Continue reading Musings on Motherhood
CBS’ Limitless is a sequel to the film which starred Bradley Cooper in 2011. The series begins several years after the film. Eddie Morra has become a senator (Bradley Cooper) and NZT is once again available in NYC. Enter Brian Finch (Jake McDorman) a shiftless man-child whose life is forever changed after he takes NZT and becomes … Continue reading Limitless: From Bland to Experimental
Scandal is not the sappy soap opera that is Grey's Anatomy or the complex story telling that is How to Get Away With Murder. It isn't even heightened or elevated drama. It is reminiscent of The Good Wife with echoes of 24, Homeland and even Law and Order. It has become the epitome of prime time television in the 21st century. Its pace and … Continue reading Thwack, There Goes Scandal’s Likeability and Ratings
Unlike millennials, my childhood was not heavily influenced by technological play. Sure there was Pong, Pac Man and Donkey Kong, but I always preferred comic books, cartoons, science fiction and Kung Fu shows. These were the things that fueled my imagination; they brought me to worlds far from my NYC playground. As an adult, the SyFy Network … Continue reading SyFy Series: Hits and Misses
Dexter is one of the few television shows I have watched in its entirety. It is not near the perfection of The Wire, notoriety of Madmen, completeness of Breaking Bad, cultural relevance of Empire or even the scope of Game of Thrones. But I love this show! Dexter's eight seasons are uneven, though not repetitious … Continue reading Dexter: Looking Beyond the Racial Bechdel Test
When I started writing this piece, I planned it as a single column examining the sport's lack of popularity in America. After many weeks, I began to wonder if the sport was satisfied with its niche status or if it was willing to address core issues to achieve popularity, mass appeal. This five-part series will … Continue reading Fan Series: Game, Set and Match