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September 15, 2016
The Get Down
, Baz Luhrman’s fairy-tale remix of the birth of hip hop, offers a glimpse of the beginning of the end of US power.
July 20, 2016
Why Don’t People Watch Women’s Sports?
Ask sports journalists.
July 19, 2016
Hey, Roger Ailes, You’re Fired!
Will the Fox News CEO’s downfall signal a sea change in cable news reporting?
June 9, 2016
The Bogeymen of ‘The Americans’
The show, which capped its most compelling season last night, understands that the Cold War was driven to a large extent by the national subconscious.
K. Leander Williams
April 17, 2016
Anita Hill, Reluctant Hero
Hill didn’t want to have to speak for all of us, but she did. HBO
serves as yet another reminder that her voice continues to reverberate, even today.
Kristal Brent Zook
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April 11, 2016
Ken Burns on Jackie Robinson and the Republican Party’s ‘Pact With the Devil’
As PBS prepares to air his two-part documentary on Jackie Robinson, we speak to Ken Burns about what the baseball and civil-rights legend tells us about politics in 2016.
April 5, 2016
Mapplethorpe, Prince of Darkness
A new HBO documentary on the late photographer is smart enough to realize that his power derived from his creepiness.
March 21, 2016
Does Hulk Hogan’s Lawsuit Against Gawker Really Threaten Freedom of the Press?
He sued Gawker, won an unbelievably large award, and shouted “Boo!” at free speech. But it ain’t over yet.
March 9, 2016
Beyoncé’s “Formation” reflects today’s movement from black rage toward a racialized revolutionary politics.
March 7, 2016
Stranger Than ‘House Of Cards’
Given the absurdities of the current political season, it is worth asking why the return of the Netflix drama was so highly anticipated.
K. Leander Williams