Is black television having a moment, or is the landscape of entertainment changing?

A Nielsen report released in February reveals that television shows with a black lead or black cast draws a significant percentage of non-black viewers. Shows like Shonda Rhime’s Scandal or How to Get Away with Murder has nearly 70 percent non-black viewership. Black-ish, starring Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson, has almost 80 percent non-black… Continue reading Is black television having a moment, or is the landscape of entertainment changing?

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Donald Glover is the renaissance man of entertainment

At the 2017 Golden Globe awards there were five shows nominated to win Best Comedy or Musical TV Series. They were Veep, Black-ish, Mozart in the Jungle, Transparent, and FX’s Atlanta. When it was announced that Atlanta won the coveted Golden Globe award, 33-year-old show creator and lead actor Donald Glover accepted the award with… Continue reading Donald Glover is the renaissance man of entertainment

SZA releases Debut Album “Ctrl”

In the classic days of hip-hop, rappers would often feature vocals from a “round-the way girl’ in their songs. These women are from the neighbourhood, real women who add raw soul in the background, never overpowering the masculinity of the rapper on the track, and often remain nameless in the credit. Top Dawg Entertainment’s r&b… Continue reading SZA releases Debut Album “Ctrl”

Netflix’s Dear White People tackles identity politics and black rage

While viewing season one of Justin Simien’s Dear White People on Netflix, a James Baldwin quote comes to mind. “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time. So that the first problem is how to control that rage so that it… Continue reading Netflix’s Dear White People tackles identity politics and black rage

Blues artist Janiva Magness accesses pain to create beauty

Janiva Magness knows the blues. The Detroit native and award-winning singer-songwriter grew up an orphan after the suicides of both her parents while she was just a pre-teen. In the foster care system she lived in and out of 12 different homes, and was sometimes homeless.  At 17 she became pregnant and gave her daughter… Continue reading Blues artist Janiva Magness accesses pain to create beauty