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December 22, 2021
Soul Train and the Desire for Black Power
Don Cornelius’s faith that Black culture would attract a mass audience—and his devout belief that Black culture should be in the hands of Black people—make the program he created a radical touchstone 50 years after its debut.
Mark Anthony Neal
November 18, 2021
Inside the Hell That Is “The Many Saints of Newark”
All of the things that worked in
make its prequel a remarkable slog of a film.
November 10, 2021
“Succession”’s Repetition Compulsion
’s moral universe, no one can ever get what they want or what they deserve.
November 9, 2021
Dave Chappelle’s Comedy of Bitterness
In his recent special
, and his response to critics of it, he outlines a strange version of identity politics where comedians are always the victims.
October 20, 2021
“Squid Game”’s Capitalist Parables
Netflix’s breakout series depicts a world of violent and macabre individualism and desperation.
E. Tammy Kim
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October 19, 2021
“Gossip Girl” and the Demented Culture of Fame
HBO’s reboot of the teen drama explores how the rich and famous make their lives consumable for the rest of us.
September 15, 2021
Who’s to Blame in “The White Lotus”?
In the weeks since the release of Mike White’s latest HBO series, debate has centered on the show’s politics. Is it liberal satire or spectacle?
July 14, 2021
The Collective Trauma in ‘Mare of Easttown’
Unlike a standard true crime show, the HBO series focuses less on the mystery at its center and more on the community that must bear its consequences.
June 23, 2021
The Unfinished Evolution of Aziz Ansari
With the latest season of
Master of None
, the comedian and director’s attempt at a reboot of his creative approach reveals the limits of his perspective.
June 14, 2021
Raoul Peck’s World
Exterminate All the Brutes,
Peck offers a bold new history of colonialism and violence.