Saturday 23rd September 2017,
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‘She Got Problems’ Will Make You Laugh and Sing

‘She Got Problems’ Will Make You Laugh and Sing

Thanks to Girls Like Giants and Racialicious for linking. “Oh hark, Alison! The theater calls. Answer! You were a smash in summer stock,” Audra McDonald shouts to her sister, Alison, as she signs autographs and collects flowers. “I never did summer stock. That was you,” Alison replies, flatly. “I have so many good reviews, I’ll just give [...]

June 4, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 1

A Political TV Show We Can Believe In

A Political TV Show We Can Believe In

Thanks to Girls Like Giants for linking. Why can’t all political television shows be like Parks and Recreation? Don’t get me wrong. Veep is nice and smart. Scandal is fun and salacious. It’s great to see those strong, sexy women make decisions, good and bad. And it’s even better to see both shows get second seasons, particularly [...]

May 22, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Television and Film 2

10 Diverse Web Shows To Solve HBO’s ‘Girls’ Problem

10 Diverse Web Shows To Solve HBO’s ‘Girls’ Problem

Thanks NewsforTVMajors and Racialicious for linking. So HBO has a problem with Girls. Mainly, that a lot of smart people are really pissed the show is so white! And they’re right. I’ve refrained from writing extensively about this because (a) so many other people (links above!) are doing it well, (b) I think the show is smart, [...]

April 23, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Culture 2

Article in Print: Tracking Sci-Fi Web Shows

Article in Print: Tracking Sci-Fi Web Shows

In the latest issue of Bitch, I expand on a blog post I wrote awhile ago about sci-fi web series by and about people of color. The article is only in print, but you can buy a digital edition for $5 on the magazine’s website by clicking here (or for $6 you can order a physical [...]

April 18, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian News and Updates 1

The End of Post-Identity Television

The End of Post-Identity Television

Thanks to NewforTVMajors for linking. Nothing ever “ends” in culture — and nothing is ever new. Conditions change. Culture changes, sometimes. Still, it does feel like a certain era is ending. That era might be called the post-identity era, which, in television, had its prime in the 2000s. “Post-identity” here refers to the casting of characters [...]

April 17, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Features Comments Off on The End of Post-Identity Television

Nerd Girls Rule In ‘Squaresville’

Nerd Girls Rule In ‘Squaresville’

School dances are not fun for everyone. If we’ve learned anything from countless teen movies and TV shows, it’s that. Squaresville opens with our heroines going to a dance, but they’ve sidestepped the whole dancing thing. Instead they show up to do some gardening — guerilla-style — and not very well either. “The only statement we’re making [...]

April 4, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 4

Outsiders After Viral Video

Outsiders After Viral Video

Originally posted at Hacktivision If YouTube’s massive overhaul – many years in the making – revealed anything, it was our deep investments in the transformative potential of web video. Many observers have criticized the company’s move as selling out, a way to streamline the site’s chaos for the benefit of advertisers. (What else is a [...]

January 27, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Culture Comments Off on Outsiders After Viral Video

Is Liz Lemon Bad At Her Job?

Is Liz Lemon Bad At Her Job?

Previewing the new (hit) Showtime series House of Lies, New York‘s Kera Bolonik offered a brief but pithy aside: Is anyone on TV bad at their jobs these days? Not if it’s a high-status gig. But feel free to be a bad waitress, or a crappy paper salesman or receptionist, or an ennui-ridden local-government intern, or, [...]

January 11, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Television and Film Comments Off on Is Liz Lemon Bad At Her Job?

Fan Production as Industrial Response in ‘Transformative Works & Cultures’

Fan Production as Industrial Response in ‘Transformative Works & Cultures’

Some of you may remember the web series The Real Girl’s Guide to Everything Else, a satirical show about Rasha, a Lebanese lesbian forced to date men to finance her book project. The series got a lot of coverage last year, from NPR to Jezebel, and a host of lesbian-focused blogs and websites. Super-syndicated across various [...]

November 15, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian News and Updates Comments Off on Fan Production as Industrial Response in ‘Transformative Works & Cultures’

‘Awkward Black Girl’ Creator Issa Rae Talks Crowdfunding, Indie Production and Moving From Web to TV

‘Awkward Black Girl’ Creator Issa Rae Talks Crowdfunding, Indie Production and Moving From Web to TV

Posted at Tubefilter. Even today, when I mention I write about web series, I get nonplussed looks and requests for examples. But there is one series I see friends consistently cheer and evangelize: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. “Have you seen it?!” I hear. “You have to see it!” It’s quite a feat for [...]

August 10, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 5