A podcast playlist for movie and social politics junkies alike

I rarely post here, but I've got a great reason to right now: I had the pleasure of creating a podcast playlist for Radio Public! Check it out here: https://play.radiopublic.com/185156de-e4b9-47bb-9c4a-c8a8c51425c2?utm_source=curator&utm_campaign=explore_20170228

I've included episodes from some of my fave podcasts, including Another Round and American Backstory, all centered around the theme of the interesection of politics and movies/TV. Have a listen, and feel free to share!

My new podcast

Excited to share that I'll be debuting a new podcast this Friday, July 22, via Slate called Represent, in which I'll discuss film/TV for, by, and/or about women, POC, and LGBTQ. So far, we've got some great guests lined up, including the legendary Robert Townsend, who will be the subject of my premiere episode.

I've also got some great guest co-hosts lined up to discuss topical cultural news items, including one of my oldest and closest friends, writers from Jezebel and Vulture, and one of the newest hosts of Turner Classic Movies. The preview episode is here now--check it out, and please feel free to subscribe and share.


Same Old Script

"In more than 20 interviews conducted over the past few months with writers (nonwhite and white, young and seasoned), executive producers, and directors of diversity programs and committees, a picture emerged of an industry that’s not even close to “normalizing”—to borrow a term from Rhimes—so that it more accurately represents what America looks like today. Instead, the television industry, like most creative industries (including journalism), pays lip service to “diversity” while very little actually changes. Even as the hottest show on TV boasts a majority-nonwhite writing staff, the work of vigorously recruiting non-white writing talent is still confined to a narrow pipeline: Diversity departments and fellowships help to fill one or two designated diversity slots on each staff. And that’s just the start of the problem: As writer after writer revealed, even when writers of color make it into that pipeline, the industry hasn’t gotten much better at making them feel as though their voices matter."

Santa Looks Like Me

Last week I received this awesome gift in the mail, from a man named Rob:

It appeared to be part of a fundraising campaign on this web site (though it looks like you can no longer purchase them anymore, unfortunately--for diversity, there were also white and brown ones available as well). Anywho, why did this man I don't know send me the shirt?

Well, to be brief, this happened last month:


It was a crazy experience, and as I said in my response to Kelly and Fox News, I had no intention of starting such a big to-do about a fictional character. But in hindsight, I'm quite glad I was able to get people talking--and thinking--outside of the norm. That was my true goal throughout it all.

Do Filmmakers Have an Obligation to Stick to the Truth in Fact-Based Films?

That's the question I answered, along with several other contributors, in the New York Times "Room for Debate" forum earlier this week.

A sampling:

When we go to the movies to see a narrative that is “based on a true story,” certain expectations are set up. Audience members instinctively wonder how much of the film is true. Typically, only a small fraction of those viewers will be curious enough to seek out the real details afterward. The rest will likely take the story at face value, unaware of what sprung from the imagination of the filmmakers.

Pitchfork's New Movie Site

Pitchfork has just launched a new site dedicated to movies, with many former editors of The A.V. Club at the helm. The Dissolve looks great, and I'm honored to be a part of that launch--I'll be contributing occasional reviews to the site, and my first one for the sci-fi thriller* Europa Report*, appeared yesterday with the launch. I'll continue to post my reviews here from now on.

In the meantime, check out the website!