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Yelling at the Screen

Sunday, June 25 2006

Agenda of a Broadcasting Company

Think ABC has a hidden agenda against the positive depiction of African Americans in its hit shows? According to this purported communiqué from network brass, it sure seems like it.


Tuesday, May 16 2006

Black Like You

When is trading 'races' not as entertaining -- or insightful -- as trading spaces? When it's all part of FX's highly implausible 'social experiment', an idea fated to fail from the first smudge of groan-inducing greasepaint.


Monday, April 10 2006

An Open Letter From Dave Chappelle to His White Fans

Hey, white folks! Think the current king of racially reactive comedy enjoys your fawning fandom? Not according to this little heartbreaker.


Sunday, March 12 2006

Wigger: The Strange Case of a Troublesome Word

In these days of blurred ethnic barriers, our resident cultural critic looks at the current state of race relations, and how one troublesome word came to define -- and defame -- an entire social stereotype.


Monday, February 6 2006

The Green Pile

Black Christ Figures? Magical Mice? Tom Hank's infected urinary tract? It's no wonder this so-called classic has our resident ethnic ethicist up in arms.


Monday, January 2 2006

The 2005 YATS Image Awards

Sick and tired of the same old faces getting the same lame accolades from the media? In his ongoing attempts to keep it 'real', Harris presents his personal picks and pans from the previous entertainment year.


Sunday, December 4 2005

Where Have All the Black Girls Gone?

If a black woman ever needs reminding of the dearth of black female leads, she need only ask a white person what actress she most resembles. Chances are she'll hear 'Whoopi Goldberg' at some point.


Sunday, October 30 2005

Black After These Messages

Harris wants to clean up TV advertising. So he's offering some advice to Madison Avenue on how it can make its current fixation with African American culture more 'real' for its intended 'peeps'.


Wednesday, October 5 2005

The Coiffure Connection

Ever wonder why Samuel L. Jackson seems so overly concerned with his fade? Follicle scholar Harris uncovers this 'very special episode' of a certain Bravo interview show which explains why, for this amazing actor, its hair, not the play, that's the thing.


Monday, September 5 2005

The Black Die Young

Black genocide in the horror genre has reached hilarious proportions -- and Harris can't get enough of it.


Thursday, August 18 2005

Hollywood Pimpin’

In 10 simple steps, Harris shows how you, too, can undermine an entire ethnicity, Tinsel Town style.


Thursday, July 21 2005

Keepin’ It Real(ity)

Without an acknowledgment of race, reality TV can never be 'real'; it can only be '-ity'.


Tuesday, June 21 2005

Gray Like Me

We grays won't overcome until that one special gray actor or actress steps forward to show us as living, breathing entities with more to offer than a healthy head of hair and corporate hireability.


Friday, May 27 2005

Everything I Need to Know About Being Black I Learned From Kenny Rogers

For PopMatters TV/Film Columnist Mark Harris, being a minority in a majority world created an ironic, lifelong battle against being force-fed at the teat of popular culture.


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