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by Cynthia Fuchs

7 Feb 2012


Stanley Nelson’s exceptional documentary tells the story of the Freedom Rides, from their initiation in May 1961, by James Farmer and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), to the Interstate Commerce Commission’s (ICC) ruling that September, that passengers on interstate buses could sit wherever they wanted, “the first unambiguous victory in the long history of the civil rights movement.” Freedom Riders—airing on PBS on 7 February—offers some incredible images from the period to show how this victory was the result of months of struggle, including assaults on the freedom riders by angry citizens as well as police officers. Boarding commercial buses (Trailways and Greyhound) in Washington, DC and intending to ride through the Deep South, the riders set out deliberately to violate Southern segregation laws. Each CORE member signed a formal agreement, stating, “I understand that I shall be participating in a nonviolent protest… against racial discrimination, that arrest or personal injury to me might result.” They had little expectation of the violence that would be inflicted on them.

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by Comfort Clinton

6 Feb 2012


Dailymotion, the internet’s second largest video destination, which boasts 1.2 billion video views worldwide, introduced its latest offshoot: Music in Motion on February 1st. The new music movement will emphasize pairing music with charity causes, and will feature unique artist presentations, as well as exclusive playlists created by various artists. The focus of the debut series for Music in Motion is music from protest movements, and so fittingly, Hal Willner’s Freedom Rides Concert: Music of the Civil Rights Movement inaugurates the franchise.

Willner’s concert event, which took place on September 15th as a benefit for the Clinton Foundation, served to honor the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders who, facing certain racism and adversity, courageously rode interstate buses all over the nation to protest segregation policies. As Lenny Kaye put it, the event was to “celebrate some very brave people who went down South at a very critical time in the Civil Rights Movement and put their lives on the line”.

by Jessy Krupa

6 Feb 2012


Advertisers fought for the favor of one of the biggest TV audiences of the year with heavily hyped commercials, and it mostly paid off for viewers. Though last year featured some great ads, 2012’s crop was just as good, if not better. Some viewers (including myself) complained of sexist overtones in some 2011 spots, but things finally seem to be somewhat headed in a new direction. Though there were far too many underdressed females (as in the annual GoDaddy.com sleaze-fest), there was also some male tackiness to go around, too—as in H&M’s close-ups of David Beckham in his underwear. However, the vast majority of commercials steered clear of controversy, and fell into one of the following seven categories…

by Comfort Clinton

6 Feb 2012


M.I.A.’s new single “Bad Girls” hit airwaves on January 31st when the song premiered on Pitchfork to positive reviews, including a declaration that “her pop instincts and talents remain as sharp as ever”. That’s saying a lot for someone who has been nominated for an Oscar and two Grammys, hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the ten defining artists of the 2000’s decade, and labeled one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. 

While we have to wait until summer for her fourth album to drop, as of Friday, the heart pounding video for “Bad Girls” is available exclusively on VICE’s new original music channel Noisey, on YouTube. The video, directed by Romain Gavras (also director of M.I.A.’s “Born Free” video), was shot on location in Ouarzazate, Morocco and the cultural influences are obvious. As Black Book Mag noted, it has the markings of M.I.A’s past work: “Punjabi-tinged production, deadpan delivery, booming drums, lyrics about having sex in cars, etc.”, not to mention a beat that you can’t help but nod your head to.

by Jessy Krupa

6 Feb 2012


Arguably the biggest sporting event of the year (sorry, Olympics!), the Super Bowl telecast is usually the highest-rated program of the year. Last year’s mix of highly hyped commercials, a modern halftime act, and an interesting match-up of teams made Super Bowl XLV the most-watched show in TV history. Therefore, all eyes were on NBC last night for Super Bowl XLVI. Did this year’s show live up to the hype? Read on to find out.

Pre-Game

The festivities kicked off with a good, old-fashioned country duet of “America The Beautiful” sung by Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. The married couple gave the song proper respect.

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