Genre and Culture in the Modern Golden Age of Television Pt. 2

The Problem **Editor’s note: This post is the second of our entertainment posts from our new contributor nostoryboard. Check her out on twitter at @mashclash and enjoy this three-part exploration on the issues of culture, race, and gender in the science-fiction stories that are told on TV**   Previously, I discussed the expansion in science fiction, fantasy, and … Continue reading

Genre and Culture in the Modern Golden Age of Television Pt. 1

A Grand Proclamation *Editors’s Note*: This post is the first of our regular entertainment posts from our new contributor nostoryboard. Check her out on twitter at @mashclash and enjoy this three-part exploration on the issues of culture, race, and gender in the science-fiction stories that are told on TV. Television is exploding in new programming, and … Continue reading

The Last Black Man

Summer blockbuster season has become a time to witness  The End. Ends of cities, ends of civilizations, ends of worlds (and the rare ends of universes). This year’s summer box office has had and will have no shortage of apocalypses, with a long list of films featuring the ends of worlds and exciting new replacements … Continue reading

The Breakthrough

It finally happened. Eighty-five years after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences began recognizing leaders in the still-developing field of film, it finally happened. An honest, painful, but ultimately cathartic film about slavery with a Black director and Black lead actors won Hollywood’s highest award, the first time a “Black” movie did so. … Continue reading

Music’s Biggest Night?

Music’s biggest night isn’t always its best. That’s the conclusion that I had already come to by the time last night that it became clear that we were watching an extended eulogy of sorts to the art form that the Golden Gramophone was originally built on: Rock n’ Roll. With Led Zeppelin and Paul McCartney … Continue reading

Exegeezus: In Defense of “Yeezus”

Every visionary is, by definition, part prophet. “Everybody feel a way about K, but at least they feel something,” was Kanye’s Delphic moment, a quotation that accurately assessed a mercurial career arc that at the time was still in its infancy. The particular quotation in question was found on “Bring Me Down,” a relatively low-key … Continue reading

To the Deelishises…

To the Deelishises, Boots, and Buckys (Flavor of Love); The Omorosas (The Apprentice), Corals(The Real World), and Taneishas (Bad Girl’s Club);The Atlanta “housewives” (Bravo), Basketball “Wives (VH1), and girlfriends, jump-offs, baby mommas or whatever other term given to these loosely delineated relationships of VH1’s Love and Hip hop Atlanta: There is no doubt your affiliation … Continue reading

Today in Racism: Paula Deen

I had been meaning to begin an ongoing series on the blog titled “Today in Racism.” I know that the core of our blog really was highlighting the subtle and not-so-subtle brands of racism that many of us minorities experience everyday. But the thought occurred to me to branch out beyond us blog-writer’s personal experiences … Continue reading

Of Mice and Men

I killed a mouse today. I had been in a Cold War with my rodent adversary for close to two days, my attempts to trap without killing him failing against his superior awareness and agility; and when I say “superior awareness and agility” I’m really saying I truly believe the mouse could apparate like those … Continue reading

The T-Dog Theory: The Walking Dead and Politics

T-Dog

Let me get started by saying this: “The Walking Dead” blows. It certainly used to be great, but it appears that chimpanzees have gradually replaced humans as principle writers. The season finale was laughably boring and had no sense of pacing or drama. Somehow, the writers managed to make a boring finale episode of a … Continue reading