TV, Venue / 04/08/2020 Outer Banks: Mystery and Drama

Outer Banks is one of Netflix’s top series at this time. Designed as a blend of dozens of 80s movies and TV shows, it is set in the beach vacation destination of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The series follows an attractive teenage boy John B, who lives on his own. His dad has...

#BLM, TV, Venue / 04/08/2020 Race in TV adaptations

Adapting a popular book or comic into a TV series is always a tricky task. People become attached to the characters as they envision them to be, so when a TV show alters a character, it’ll never please everybody.  Film companies in recent years have made efforts to diversify their productions. One way in which...

TV, Venue / 04/08/2020 The Secrets She Keeps: Predictable, but Emotional

Adapted from the novel by Australian writer Michael Robotham, The Secrets She Keeps is a psychodrama following the life of Agatha, a woman who steals a baby from a hospital after faking her pregnancy.  Robotham based the novel on the real-life kidnapping of Abbie Humphries, who was stolen at birth in 1994 by Julie Kelley,...

#BLM, TV, Venue / 04/08/2020 I May Destroy You: an eye-opening watch

Michaela Coel is such an amazing creative force. She’s completely unapologetic and tells it like it is. Her portrayal of sexual assault in I May Destroy You is no different. The main character, Arabella, is a young Black woman who is struggling to finish her novel when she is date-raped on a night out. The...

#BLM, TV, Venue / 04/08/2020 Pose FX: intersectionality in race

The first episode of Pose FX opens on a disco ball; we see a New York apartment filled with gorgeous guys and girls. While Pose is indeed a show filled with fun and glamour, it also deals with heavy themes. All the girls in the apartment are trans women and are either Black or Afro-Latina....

TV, Uncategorized, Venue / 01/08/2020 Emmy Nominations 2020: Diversity, Surprises and Snubs

The Emmy Awards nominations were announced on Tuesday, July 28, with HBO’s Watchmen leading with a total of 26 nominations. Amazon Prime’s comedy series The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is in second with a total of 20, followed by Netflix’s Ozark and HBO’s Succession, both with 18. While the list was made up of the usual,...

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Naya Rivera: a beacon of light and hope

Naya Rivera, American actress and singer, has been confirmed to have died following her disappearance at Lake Piru in California. Her four-year-old son was found asleep in the boat from which he and Rivera went swimming; Rivera did not resurface. She was 33 years old. Beginning her career as a child actress in numerous television…

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The Wire: Undeniably America

When it begins, The Wire seems like a regular police procedural, where the bad guys are drug dealers who are ready to get taken down and the police are all the heroes. Over the succeeding five series, it becomes something else: a story about the ways the Black community has been left behind in America…

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Forced Diversity: A Myth or a Real Issue?

“Forced diversity”, or forced representation, is a concept that people throw around on the internet regarding Black characters or those of other ethnic minorities. But what makes diversity in television feel forced, and therefore, how should television approach representation? Or is the whole concept simply a myth? Diversity can appear forced when characters and their…


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