Comedian Eddie Huang raised a red flag about ABC show based on his mamoir, Fresh Off the Boat.
The moment I made the decision to write about my political communities back home during the first semester of my MFA program, I knew I would hit some walls. "It's ill-advised to write about politics this way," my instructor said. "Traditionally speaking, it doesn't work. Politics are told through something universal, a love story, a coming of age story."
Internet culture gets derided and dismissed—especially by the out-of-touch people who run a lot of our mainstream media. How often have you heard the punchline of a joke turn out to be “Twitter” or "Youtube"? That gets old fast. Especially, since, in reality, activist media-makers are doing really creative and powerful work online. In recent years, people who care about social justice issues have honed their skills at distilling important issues into short, engaging videos and memes—the best of these are nuanced and fresh, but grab viewers who will never break open a giant book about racism or attend a heady lecture about feminism. A growing number of talented writers are using YouTube, Twitter, and Tumblr in a way previous generations have used pamphlets, speeches, and consciousness-raising groups.
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Historical dramas often stick to a tried-and-true formula: Important figures face struggles, then they triumph, becoming the great people we know today. We can usually count on a scene from their conflicted childhood, scenes showing their romantic troubles, any issues with drugs or alcohol, and how they persevered through it all to deliver whatever divine message or artistic gift they possessed.
Ava DuVernay’s new Martin Luther King Jr. biopic, Selma, avoids this formula—much to its benefit.
In the remake of Anniethat hit theaters this weekend, Quvenzhané Wallis stars in the title role. That itself is thrilling: The film not only tells the story of a feisty girl, but a feisty young girl of color.