‘How To Get Away With’ Being Connor Walsh

I’m not sure if How To Get Away With Murder’s Connor Walsh is a character the writers want me to “love to hate” or just flat-out hate. Many of you seem to love him. When the show premiered there was a lot of talk about what an important character Connor is, how his sexuality and…




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I’ll almost never sympathize with rich & famous Black men.

It goes without saying that whenever a Black athlete stands up for himself, it will be interpreted as non-compliance by an entitled white majority. A lot of these sports fans, owners and journalists don’t give a damn about your humanity as a Black man; they just want you to run, jump and dance. The extent…




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Hate-Watching and the 3-Episode Rule

Jezebel and The New Yorker solidified the term “hate-watching” within the online lexicon a few years ago and I want to revisit it. Hate-watching now has less to do with enjoying a bad show for fun camp, and is more about subjecting yourself to programs you hate just to tweet about them. I realized this a couple of…




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Black Superheroes & the Milestone Revival

While reading yesterday’s announcement on the potential revival of Milestone Media Group, this quote from artist and founder Denys Cowan on Black superheroes stood out to me: “What we also didn’t do, which is the trend now, is [to] have characters that are, not blackface, but they’re the black versions of the already established white…




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Thoughts on Alexandra Shipp as the new Storm

I posted this rumor about Alexandra Shipp testing for the role of Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse some time ago. Considering the source, I was confident it wouldn’t pan out, but it’s official. Alexandra Shipp is the new Storm. Briefly: The continuity of the X-Men films is flimsy, this is why I reject the idea they…




At least now we know why the Academy is so white.

Last week, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs responded to criticisms that the Oscar nominations lack diversity. While she stated she would love to see more cultural diversity among nominees, she said flatly: “There is not one central body or group of people that sit around the table and come up with nominations. It really is a…




A Fair and Balanced Review of Lifetime’s Bobby Brown Biopic

Anyone that watched Lifetime’s Whitney over the weekend probably asked the same question: Is this movie actually about Bobby Brown? It isn’t so much that the film centers Brown, portrayed by Arlen Escarpeta, it’s that it sympathizes him to a degree not afforded its star. At the 13 minute mark in one of their first…




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Celebrating Dr. King’s legacy with tacky club flyers

‘Tis the season for Photoshopping Dr. King’s image near bottles of Ciroc and plump booty cheeks to announce club events. MLK Weekend provides endless amounts of material for Get Your People, a Tumblr site that collects these ridiculous Photoshop stunts in one place. The otherwise anonymous DJ that created the site says he was incredulous and…




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Oakland Tribune says what everyone was thinking about the Oscars

The print edition of today’s Oakland Tribune offered a treat for those of us that are already tired and cynical about the Oscars in the form of this headline: And the Oscar for best Caucasian goes to… I’m sure every Caucasian that has been nominated is the best of the bunch, the cream at the top of…