‘The Real World’ shakeup: MTV icon changing format for first time ever — EXCLUSIVE

As a fan of MTV’s The Real World, I’m not feeling this change. I’m down for drama but let’s keep it to 7 strangers all picked to live in a house together. This is NOT Love & Hip Hop! For the first time ever, pioneering MTV reality series The Real World is changing its format. After 21 … Continue reading

‘The Walking Dead’: How to comprehend its massive ratings

The Walking Dead‘s ratings are big. Like really, really big. It’s actually become a tad difficult to describe how big they are. AMC’s zombie drama is huge among total viewers — averaging nearly 19.9 million per episode when including seven days of DVR playback. But what’s truly stunning is the show’s adults 18-49 rating, the … Continue reading

Downton gets a 5th season

FIFTH SEASON OF “DOWNTON ABBEY” TO AIR ON “MASTERPIECE” on PBS Production to begin in 2014 Boston, MA – November 10, 2013 – DOWNTON ABBEY, the Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) award-winning drama hailed by The Hollywood Reporter as “an absolute pleasure to watch,” will return to MASTERPIECE on PBS for a fifth season. “As American … Continue reading

Enter the Wu-Tang, 20 Years Later: Who Ya Got?

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most important cultural documents of a generation: the Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The album was crafted in a dojo in Staten Island, New York — better known as Shaolin — by a nine-man collective (sorry, Cappadonna) with a staggering amount of talent, and it … Continue reading

Where Are the Serious Movies About Non-Suffering Black People?

Hattie McDaniel, the first black person to win an Oscar, did so for her role inGone With the Wind as Mammy in 1939. McDaniel was a formidable actress but, for better or worse, roles that found her playing a maid dominate her résumé because, in her time, domestic servitude was the primary way popular culture could … Continue reading

Is News Dead?

As a journalist my colleagues have told me for years that TV News is dying a slow death.  Cleary the internet and mobile devices are becoming more and more prominent as the main sources for information and news.  Most of my contemporaries laugh when I mention I watch local television news and scowl when they … Continue reading

Who’s Lovin’ Who?

The video below is an excerpt from the first interview for the documentary Y? Chromosome.  With Fathers Day later this month I thought this video relevant to an already well-known discussion.  Dr. Elijah G. Ward, Professor at St. Xavier University in Chicago, tells the story of an addiction counselor he met who was convinced that in … Continue reading