A roundtable discussion on The Carmichael Show by Phillip Cunningham, Alfred Martin, and Khadijah Costley White.
The Mad Max series continues to be a cult classic, in part because it re-appropriates the western and the road movie and redeploys them to create an environmentally catastrophic vision of a future that we could create.
The most consequential TV newsfilm of the 20th century records the beating of voting rights marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965. It led directly to the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act. With the 50th anniversary commemorations of “Bloody Sunday,” network and cable news channels have replayed that footage over and over. What’s its history? Why was it so powerful that it managed to galvanize a nation?
This year has been heralded as a renaissance for films featuring black actors and actresses. Many of these black actors and actresses have performed in “quality” films like 42, The Butler, and 12 Years A Slave. As an arbiter of…
Bob’s Burgers’ Tina Belcher is arguably the program’s breakout character and has the potential to be one of American broadcast television’s most subversive girl characters.
Some of the most compelling episodes of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? are those where relatively little information about a celebrity’s ancestors can be found.
Studying representation was my way into media studies. But laborers aren’t working from a script and we can’t always visualize the lived realities of their work.
TBS’ agreement to air new episodes of Cougar Town may signal the next network to employ the “Fox Formula” whereby market share is built courting black viewership, only to be discarded once a critical mass of mainstream viewership is attained.
Is Key and Peele tentatively picking up the mantel of satiric sketch comedy that Chappelle abandoned? Why now?
In a text so concerned with updating the Victorian source material to the contemporary period, there is very little else to the representation of Chineseness; it seems that Sherlock Holmes can use SMS messaging and GPS tracking, but Chinese culture is rendered remarkably narrow via such reductive stereotypes.
New immigration laws in Alabama are forcing schools to report the immigrant status of children and making unenforceable most contracts between citizens and undocumented immigrants and impacting Latina/o populations in the process. In this context, we must move away from the “i” word–illegal–when discussing undocumented workers and citizens.
On September 21, both Troy Davis and Russell Brewer were executed in Texas. Despite differences, the two cases both demonstrate inequalities in the way individuals are able to appear as victims (or perpetrators) within legal procedure and decisions.