Duke Media / OWN
Last night, Oprah’s OWN Network aired “Light Girls,” a sequel to the documentary “Dark Girls,” and I saw a lot of conflict on Twitter from black men and black women – both with light and dark skin.
I think this doc had more depth than “Dark Girls,” and maybe that was Bill Duke learning from the predecessor, but it still felt frustrating to see what seems like more effort into giving depth to this documentary over the prior one. Continue reading
Duke Media / OWN
Last year, Oprah’s TV network OWN aired “Dark Girls,” a documentary that explored the biases against black women of darker shades in their own community. I praised the documentary for bringing a normally inclusive issue to a broader audience. Looking back, I do wish it went more in depth on the different levels of impact colorism has, but there’s only so much one documentary can touch on.
Now, OWN will look at the other side of the spectrum with “Light Girls.” Featuring interviews with Essence Atkins, Tatyana Ali, Kym Whitley, Raven-Symoné, Amber Rose, Claudia Jordan and others. They’ll be discussing their own struggles, as well as the privileges they have – the latter of which I think is important and not acknowledged very much. I’ll be interested to see what stories are told and how.
You can look at the TV spot for the documentary, airing Monday, January 19 on OWN, below:
Recently, ESPN reporter Stephen A. Smith got a tap on the wrist by ESPN for making victim-blaming comments about domestic violence toward women. At first, he tweeted (in a series of tweets, that is) an apology to fellow ESPN reporter Michelle Beadle, who called him out on his remarks, but didn’t hesitate to reiterate his victim-blaming. Then, he tweeted a longer apology after deleting some of his previous tweets. Then he apologized on-air Monday on “First Take.” Whew.
Smith has a history of using his platform on ESPN First Take to say some ignorant, problematic stuff. But one that comes to mind for me is one he made back in May 2014 in response to viewer backlash over his support of Mark Cuban’s comments related to bigotry and prejudices. The Dallas Maverick’s owner, in the wake of the Donald Sterling scandal, said that we all have prejudices “in one way or another,” and he went on to say that if he saw “a black kid in a hoodie…late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street.”
Stephen, as he is wont to do, didn’t appreciate the backlash, and, among encouraging respectability politics and other things, made the point that instead of Continue reading
Lionsgate Television / Tilted Productions / Netflix
With a successful first season on Netflix, we’re finally getting more from Piper Chapman and the ladies in the women’s federal prison. From the looks of it, Piper is paying a solitary price for the incident with Pennsatucky. But once again, she’s trying to lay low, playing the “model inmate”. We’ll see how that goes.
Unfortunately, we don’t get to see one of my favorites Miss Claudette, played by Michelle Hurst. Hurst was in a car accident in January which put her in a coma, but thankfully she has been doing well. [SPOILER] It looks like her character arc ended when Miss Claudette got sent to a maximum security prison, which is unfortunate because Miss Claudette’s story was one of the more compelling ones to me.
Otherwise, we get a look at a new character who looks like she may be a threat from Red’s past.
Take a look at the trailer below: Continue reading
ABC / 20th Century Fox Television
Some say TV is predictable. Well, it is. And the genre of the show you’re watching doesn’t matter, because if it’s reality or drama or comedy a formula is followed. Modern Family is no different. There’s always some form of variation, but usually, it sticks to a standard form. Makes things easier for writers, and let’s be honest: we like predictability. Keeps things stable. Continue reading
It’s here! We finally get to see actual footage from the pilot episode of Girl Meets World. After the news that a spin-off of the 90’s sitcom Boy Meets World would be coming to Disney Channel, I was excited, but a little wary. Enter some updates and confirmations, on-set interviews, plus a cast photo, and things fell into place. In the first preview of the show, Cory and Topanga’s daughter Riley attempts to sneak out the house with her bestie Maya (the equivalent of Shawn Hunter, tbh).
If I’m being honest, the show looks just the same as everything else on Disney Channel, as far as sets and cinematography go, but hopefully having the original creator, Michael Jacobs, and the original writers will bring variety to programming currently on Disney. Continue reading
We’ve talked about a lot of industry stuff surround Modern Family thus far: writers, awards, production and cast stuff and (my favorite so far) character profiles – but why do all that background chatter if we never look at an actual episode? Look no further than episode 305, “Hit and Run”. It’s one of my favorites. Continue reading
ABC / 20th Century Fox Television / USA
Years ago, hit sitcoms didn’t reach syndication status until they were off the airwaves of their home network for a while. Like most things in media the timeline has jumped significantly. USA announced last spring that Modern Family would be in syndication on the network as USA attempts to expand into the comedy realm. The move proved to be a fairly successful one. As the show entered its fifth season on ABC, ratings for reruns on USA have been fairly solid.
Coincidentally, USA has been much more effective at using transmedia to engage viewers of the Modern Family programming block, especially on their heavily promoted Modern Family Fridays Continue reading
ABC.com / 20th Century Fox Television
Sitcom or drama, what good is a show without conflict? Modern Family being the comedy it is does this with humor. Essentially, there are plot points in different episodes that pair characters who are fundamentally different and see how they work through their differences. Sometimes they don’t work through them so much as gripe about them and make passive-aggressive remarks, but that’s what makes these conflicts so funny. Continue reading
The Weinstein Company
Let’s talk about how great of a day this has been for trailers. First Peanuts, now we get a look at The Giver! I remember reading Lois Lowry’s 1993 classic back in 8th grade. It was the first book in a while that I enjoyed so much I couldn’t put it down. Since then (and that was in 2006), there was chatter about a movie adaptation, but set backs kept happening. Finally, production gets going and here we are.
Producer Jeff Bridges himself plays the title character and Meryl Streep plays the questionable Chief Elder. Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent) plays protagonist Jonas, and Alexander Skarsgård and Katie Holmes play his parents. My biggest problem was that Taylor Swift was in the movie (she plays Rosemary), but thankfully for me, there’s not much of her in the trailer (lol can you find her?) . Hopefully that’s an indicator of how much she’s in the movie.
Watch the trailer below! Continue reading