Larry Wines: Answer to a film about head injuries caused by football? Better to book some pop music people to gyrate their tushes. And get a winning quarterback to say he’s going to go thank God and drink lots of Budweiser. Lady Gaga
David A. Love: Did you ever think you’d see so much blackness, or so many Black Panthers in Afros at a halftime show?
David A. Anderson: Sikivu Hutchinson’s work provides valuable insight into the personal, cultural and historical motivations for black women’s involvement in Peoples Temple and their emigration to Jonestown.
Brent Budowsky: On music that moves, movies that matter, literature that lives forever and art that can change the world.
Walter Moss: As a historian and septuagenarian, though not from personal experience, I know a little of such nightmares. Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the Holocaust, yes. But a football game?
Danielle Puretz: What barriers keep people from including art and creativity into their everyday lives? Time, of course, I think is a key one, but beyond that we have economic barriers and physical barriers.
Frank Fear: The New York Times reported last week that FanDuel and DraftKings are worth over $1 billion dollars each. And the two companies have spent over $27 million dollars to air over 8000 TV ads since the young NFL season began.
Walter Moss: We need to come to terms with the Russian people’s support today of both Stalin and Putin.
Sikivu Hutchinson: While early reviews have lauded the “prescience” of the group’s fierce critique of anti-black state violence and criminalization—epitomized by its de facto theme song “F– Tha Police”—they fail to highlight how the group’s multi-million dollar empire was built on black women’s backs.
Michael Haas: For many Americans, Mockingbird seemed to offer a portrayal of Clarence Darrow, who famously defended black men accused of murdering a white man in the Osseian Sweet trial of 1925.
Rev. Irene Monroe: No one would imagine Lee’s second novel Go Set A Watchman would reveal the blight of racial strife in Atticus as an aging, angry bigot and separatist.
Joe Mathews: Two contemporary bands evoke the glorious grit that binds our state together.
Cinema Libre Studio’s Philippe Diaz has collaborated with Robert King on a feature length script Angola, 1, 2 and 3, which provides an unvarnished look at the three black men’s experiences in prison and how, as young black men in the south in the 50s and 60s, they were consistently railroaded by the justice system.