10 Times Jesse Williams Showed Us He Is #RevolutionaryBae


In a time when most celebrities are careful not to tread into controversial topics, perhaps afraid the backlash may affect their careers, to say that Grey’s Anatomy‘s Jesse Williams has not been shy about speaking out on social issues is an understatement. Instead of guarding his platform by any means possible, the former educator has unashamedly used it to shed light on injustices and to mobilize for change.

Below is a list of 10 times Williams stole our hearts by taking on white supremacy with bravery, brains and passion, all while looking like perfection:

1. The time homegirl said she was no longer a fan because of his outspokenness and he gave no shits and then some:

2. The time he schooled CNN on media distortion…

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Why I Dropped Everything And Started Teaching Kendrick Lamar’s New Album

Brian Mooney

When Kendrick Lamar released his sophomore album, To Pimp A Butterfly (2015), I was in the middle of teaching a unit on Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye (1970). My freshmen students were grappling with some big ideas and some really complex language. Framing the unit as an “Anti-Oppression” study, we took special efforts to define and explore the kinds of institutional and internalized racism that manifest in the lives of Morrison’s African-American characters, particularly the 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove and her mother, Pauline. We posed questions about oppression and the media – and after looking at the Dick & Jane primers that serve as precursors to each chapter, considered the influence of a “master narrative” that always privileges whiteness.

Set in the 1940s, the Breedlove family lives in poverty. Their only escape is the silver screen, a place where they idolize the glamorous stars of the film industry. Given the historical context…

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Top 10 Most Interesting Things Jesse Williams Said

National Association of Black Journalists-Syracuse University


 Top 10 Most Interesting Things Jesse Williams Said

By Fatima Bangura

On March 22, 2015, NABJ-SU blessed many Grey’s Anatomy fans when hosting Dr. Jackson Avery himself, the undeniably handsome and talented Jesse Williams. Far from being just an incredibly attractive person, he is also incredibly knowledgeable about the history of systematic oppressions in society. He captured eyes and ears.

10. “If a black girl has purple in her hair, she’s ghetto. But if a white girl has purple in her hair, it’s alternative.”

White appropriation of black culture has been a hot topic for a while. The media has displayed a double standard when dealing with pieces of black culture on non-blacks. For example, E! News correspondent Giuliana Rancic mocked actress Zendaya for donning dreadlocks at the Oscars. She said the young actress must have smelled like “weed.” Rancic perpetuated the negative stereotype that people (particularly African-Americans) with…

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The Status of Female Directors in the Hollywood Film Industry

Brittany Larimore Official


(Author’s Note: This essay was originally written on May 9th, 2012.)

On the night of March 7th, 2010 in the famous Kodak Theatre, Barbara Streisand gets onto the stage and reads aloud the names for the Best Director category at the 82nd Academy Awards. As she speaks to the millions of people during the live broadcast, she reminds the audience that they may see either the first ever African-American or the first woman to win the Oscar for Best Director. Their chances seemed slim though, as the nominees were up against James Cameron, director of “Avatar” and Oscar-winning “Titanic”. His influence on technical innovation and CGI, along with his impressive blockbuster winning streak, the chances that Cameron many receive another Oscar win seemed very likely. However, after Streisand opened the envelope, she said, “The time has come”; and the time did truly come as Kathryn Bigelow, director of the critically…

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#FilmHerStory: 10 Female Biopics That Desperately Need to Happen


If “history is written by the victors,” as that noted Winston Churchill quote goes, than culture’s role in preserving history is making sure that the extraordinary true stories of our time highlight a bland series of interchangeable white men whose lives all follow the prestige biopic outlines, crucial details be dammed. It has gotten so bad that the same two boilerplate British genius biopics with awkwardly handsome British actors playing fascinating men were virtually interchangeable in this year’s recently concluded Oscar race. Can you name what film Eddie Redmayne got the Oscar for? Or was it Benedict Cumberbatch? Who knows, right?

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So You Want to Be a Storyteller?

Sam S. Mullins: a blog about anything

Really? Even if people won’t want to date you ever again for fear that you’ll one day talk about them on stage? You’re sure?

Okay. Welcome aboard.

Here’s a cheap glass of wine. Where we’re going, you’ll need it.

I’ve got to tell you – I think you’ve picked a great time to get into the story game. I mean, with the success of storytelling podcasts like The Moth, RISK!, Definitely Not the Opera, Snap Judgement and This American Life millions of people are now aware of the phenomenon of modern storytelling. Just about every city in North America now has a regular storytelling event, and there seems to be more opportunities for storytellers than ever before. For raconteurs like us, the getting has never been good-er.

But before you start speaking your heart into the crackly microphone at the local roti place’s storytelling event (at which no one is there to actually hear stories [they’re just there…

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