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The 2016 Grammys: An Exercise in Whiteness
During the 2016 Grammys, there was a concerted effort to center whiteness at all costs, further proving that the awards are worth less than their gold-plating. We've been accused of being racists and race baiters a million times. But we're not looking to point out the racial aspects of everything. They are just so unavoidable that we would be dishonest if we ...
Joss Stone’s Billboard “#1 Reggae Album” Is Further Evidence of Our “Adele Problem”
This week, I wrote an article that more than a few people were upset about critiquing British singer Adele. In 9 Black Soul Singers That Move Us More Than Adele Ever Could, I made the claim that even though Adele is talented, the showering praise she receives is unwarranted. And despite claims from commenters that everything doesn't have to "be about race" or that we ...
‘The Wiz Live!’ and the Audacity of Blackness on TV
The airing of The Wiz Live! on NBC was a landmark moment in television history. Not only did the all-Black cast slay the 3 hour production, but it was also a ratings monster posting 11.1 million total viewers and a 3.3 demo rating in preliminary returns. But most importantly, it is another sign of the changing entertainment landscape. Read More
It’s The Same (Epic) Missy Elliott in Her ‘WTF’ Video
Missy Elliott is back. And she ain't neva changed. In her new video for her single "WTF," Elliott stays true to the artist she has always been. She comes with a number of outrageous outfits from a mirrored sweatsuit with matching makeup to mashups of futuristic and hip hop elements from the 80's. And the dancing is epic from start to finish. Read More
Spike Lee Adapts Aristophanes Play For ‘Chi-Raq’ Film
When plans for Spike Lee's Chi-Raq were announced, the uproar was immediate. Some denounced the title alone. Some saw the film as a play to make money on the backs of those that have lost their lives. And while I still don't see the necessity in using the name "Chi-Raq," the first trailer for the film points at it being much more than expected. Read More
ABC’s ‘Quantico’ is the Perfect New Mystery Thriller
There is so much to like about ABC’s new thrilling drama Quantico. Deceit and deception run deep, and Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra is equal parts compelling, gorgeous, and vulnerable. This series is definitely worth the watch and the re-watch via DVR. The setup for Quantico is not necessarily the most original. Just like the Emmy-winning How To Get Away With ...
CBS’ ‘Limitless’: For When You’re Laughing At, Not With, the Television
Sometimes you have high hopes for a series, and you hope to not be disappointed. Other times your expectations are low and a show comes along and surprises you. Limitless is neither of these. The new CBS series is a poor attempt at adapting a poorly conceived film into a television procedural. It was just not great. **Disclaimer: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS.** R...
Fox’s ‘Minority Report’ is Sleek Sci-Fi Fun
Amongst a highly competitive fall season, Fox’s Minority Reportstands out as a quality sci-fi offering on a major network. And what could easily be another droll sci-fi adaptation comes together by knowing exactly what it is and what it is not. **Disclaimer: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS.** Read More
Here Are 7 Reasons To Care About the 2015 Emmy Awards
We are not fans of award shows. More often than not, they are just a big celebration of White Privilege and a reminder of how left out minorities and women are. Sunday night’s 2015 Emmy Awards was different though. They gave us a few reasons to celebrate which, hopefully, signal a sea change in the awards industry overall. Read More
‘Heroes Reborn’ Webseries Reminds Us Why We All Loved ‘Heroes’ [VIDEO]
We are just over a month away from the debut ofHeroes Reborn, a continuation of the popular NBC series Heroes. And in preparation for our return to that fictional world, the webseries Heroes Reborn: Dark Matters chronicles what happened in the wake of the show’s end as well creating a jumping off point for the new episodes. Most importantly, it reminds us of ...