Rev. Irene Monroe: Using footage from the 2013 New Orleans documentary That B.E.A.T as its backdrop, “Formation” is both a personal and political statement about repression and a celebration of black life in America. New Orleans Queer Culture
Joseph Palermo: Whether looking at how other nations treat their workers, expectant mothers, schoolchildren, or prisoners, Moore’s “Where To Invade Next” lays bare the heartless deficiencies in the American way of life.
The propaganda that is being cranked out attempts to change the the social reality on the ground for people of color and poor people as it relates to law enforcement in this country. Police Officers Coalition Supports Beyonce
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.