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‘The Interview’ & The Power of Entertainment in International Affairs

‘The Interview’ & The Power of Entertainment in International Affairs

‘Dumb and Dumber,’ ‘Ace Ventura,’ ‘The Naked Gun’ … America certainly loves its slapstick comedies. And given the success of 2004’s ‘Team America: World Police,’ it seems audiences are also pretty comfortable with films that denigrate political figures and national leaders – especially when those figures are known to brutally tyrannize their people. Even with [...]

December 16, 2014 Heidi Khaled Culture, Features, Television and Film 0

Cinematic Rage: Glorious Defiance In Contemporary Political Dramas

Cinematic Rage: Glorious Defiance In Contemporary Political Dramas

At one point in José Padilha’s Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, a police officer confronts local gang members in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, asking for his share of their drug revenue. The police are corrupt, but their illicit money supply has been cut off by their own belligerence: a massacre at a prison temporarily [...]

April 1, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Features 0

Did ‘Attack the Block’ and ‘Misfits’ Presage the London Riots?

Did ‘Attack the Block’ and ‘Misfits’ Presage the London Riots?

Thanks to the Boston Phoenix for linking! I’d been planning a post on Attack the Block, the brilliant UK sci-fi film, and Misfits, e4’s hit teen series, before I read about parts of London spuriously rioting in response to the police killing of Mark Duggan. When I read the youth of London were enraged, seemingly [...]

August 8, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 9

Gay in Color: 2011 Wish List

Gay in Color: 2011 Wish List

It’s a new year, and going forward I’ll be writing a bi-weekly column for MTV/Logo’s AfterElton about issues affecting gay men of color in pop culture for AfterElton. I’m trying to focus on as many colors as possible, so please message me with tips and suggestions: there’s a lot to cover out there! Since 2011 [...]

January 14, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 0

Robert Townsend Talks ‘Diary of a Single Mom,’ ‘Los Americans’ and Making a Difference Through the Web

Robert Townsend Talks ‘Diary of a Single Mom,’ ‘Los Americans’ and Making a Difference Through the Web

For a full transcript of the interview, click here! For three years Robert Townsend has been working as one of the more prolific and successful web series directors around, trying to do good with a number of projects with socially progressive non-profit One Economy. With over 30 years in the industry, Townsend is an understated but respected [...]

December 7, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 3

Why Black Americans Should Care About Net Neutrality

Why Black Americans Should Care About Net Neutrality

Everybody loves YouTube. Whether you’re into Miss Jia, Kingsley, or that guy who impersonates Obama, the Google-owned site is still a place for regular users without big marketing dollars to showcase their talent and style. So you’re forgiven if you greeted the hand-wringing over Google and Verizon’s net neutrality pact with an impassioned “who cares?” [...]

August 30, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 2

Television and Abortion: Two Shows, Two Different Paths

Television and Abortion: Two Shows, Two Different Paths

Thanks to Racialicious for reposting this! Two broadcast television series this week featured prominent narratives on teenage pregnancy and abortion. A rare coincidence, indeed — or perhaps not, giving it’s the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. In Private Practice (“Best Laid Plans“), a rich black family’s 15-year-old daughter, Maya, gets pregnant and grapples with having [...]

January 22, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 7

Did “The Wire” Presage Politics Post-2008?

Did “The Wire” Presage Politics Post-2008?

Thanks to Racialicious for reposting this and Occupy The Wire for linking! Get ready for reason #573 why The Wire was the best television show of the aughts. In the wake of Scott Brown’s upset in the Massachusetts special election for the U.S. Senate, I’ve been thinking a lot about the cycle of politics. I’ve been [...]

January 20, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 5

“Invictus” and the Politics of Idealism

“Invictus” and the Politics of Idealism

I tend to avoid in films what we see in Invictus: rugby, sports, Matt Damon, Morgan-Freeman-as-Deity-figure, sports, and Clint Eastwood. I should be ashamed of avoiding Eastwood, but his recent films have often been marketed as morally simplistic (and his Republicanism doesn’t help): we know with whom we are supposed to identify and who is [...]

December 12, 2009 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 8

"V" From Fascists (1983) to Obama (2009)

"V" From Fascists (1983) to Obama (2009)

V airs its winter finale tonight before resuming episodes in March 2010. If you haven’t seen ABC’s V yet, I’ll spoil it for you: the Vs symbolize President Obama. Countless articles have spelled it out: io9, Chicago Tribune, BreitBart, and Entertainment Weekly, among many others, have already foregrounded the debate. It’s very obvious. In the [...]

November 24, 2009 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 3