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Wednesday, November 2 2005

Keeping an Eye on Mother and Baby

Did Ronnie Spector and Tina Turner play subversive feminist roles under the banner of male-dominated pop music? Or did we simply mistake stilted sexual roles for the progressive politics we desired?


Tuesday, November 1 2005

The Underrated/Overrated List

Bringing you the best in arbitrary, uninformed and mean-spirited opinions since 1986!


Monday, October 31 2005

UN-dermining Hollywood

Wood sheds light on the recent UN resolution allowing countries more control over their cultural heritage -- and how that might impact the billions of box office dollars flowing into Hollywood coffers.


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'.


Thursday, October 27 2005

Mudlark Movies: Lucky Stiff

Turning the spotlight on those unfortunate films that have somehow fallen through the cracks in the entertainment system, Gibron champions the mudlark movie -- cinematic orphans that truly deserve a second chance.


Wednesday, October 26 2005

Not the Cosbys

You know how they say everyone has a twin somewhere? Well, members of the Horn family look just like those people on (name that sitcom).


Tuesday, October 25 2005

Not Just Zombies

Even though George Romero is famous for his zombie flicks, he has directed a variety of other equally interesting fright films that are usually overlooked by the casual fan.


Monday, October 24 2005

Power Through Responsibility

While working on a storyline for a video game that wants you to care, really care, about the characters, Harvey puzzles over how best to craft letters aimed for the heart.


Sunday, October 23 2005

Small Screen, Big Issues

Some of the Middle-Eastern, Ramadan line-up in TV programming takes on tough issues; Saudi terrorism, Egyptian-Israeli relations, and mainstream US prejudice against Arabs and Muslims, to name a few.


Thursday, October 20 2005

A Bad Man:  Reading Mike Tyson’s Body of Work

The only sure thing about Tyson is that he stands opposed.


Tuesday, October 18 2005

Intervening Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone is in trouble, and its up to Posner and his pals to see him through this latest creative crisis, or else all might be lost for the once mighty Oscar winning moviemaker.


Sunday, October 16 2005

Today the Hill District, Tomorrow the World: August Wilson

August Wilson now takes his place in the pantheon of black arts and letters for the dignity he gave the blues singers, mill workers, rooming house owners, ex-cons, neighborhood eccentrics, and 300-year-old matriarchs among us.


Thursday, October 13 2005

Regeneration

At long last, indie kids and mainstream critics no longer have to listen to their metal music in clandestine shame. Metal's in the midst of an artistic renaissance, and, as Begrand explains, it's a headbanger's ball out there.


Wednesday, October 12 2005

Laughin’ Louis Armstrong: The Trickster

Satchmo's subversive humor struck multiple targets simultaneously: it commented on the very music he was transforming; and, as a survival tool, it presented a league of oppressors with unexpected resistance.


Tuesday, October 11 2005

For the Love of Music

Not even a knife-wielding tsotsi can keep Leonard away from his reggae supplier.


Monday, October 10 2005

Friendless, Hostile, and Afraid of Soil Erosion

In the alien(ating) world of addictive, online communiqués, can anyone hear you scream?


Trick or Treat, Trick or Treat, Give Us Something Good to Read

Interested in some chilling All Hallows Eve fare? Our resident lady of literature attempts to glean the thrills from the spills as she searches the shelves -- both book and video -- for a good scare.


Sunday, October 9 2005

Sticking Your Nose Into It

The Queen of Delectable Pastries offers some sound advice to a troubled piece of cheesecake.


Thursday, October 6 2005

I Drink Therefore I Am

One can't be left alone to indulge one's poison, these days, without some bothersome governmental agency, or the busy-body press, sticking its nose in one's businesses.


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.


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