Jemele Hill: Racism, politics, and the media
ESPN found itself in another political controversy earlier this week, this time becoming the latest news organization forced to grapple with where the line is on politics and racism after SportsCenter host Jemele Hill called President Trump a white supremacist in a series of tweets. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called Hill's comments "outrageous" and "a fireable offense." The incident has sparked much conversation and controversy on the topic of journalist objectivity.
- Did Jemele Hill ‘cross the line?’ ESPN controversy reveals the news media’s enduring struggle with race. (The Washington Post)
- Trump attacks ESPN after anchor calls him a white supremacist
Can Netflix crash the Oscars with Dee Rees’ Mudbound?
Photo Credit: Alexia Silvagni for Variety
It’s the story of white farmers and the black sharecroppers who work for them in the Jim Crow South. Premiering on Netflix, who spent millions to acquire the film, and in select theatres Nov. 17, “Mudbound” is predicted to be a huge success. It’s directed by Dee Rees, who made the powerful HBO biopic “Bessie,” starring Queen Latifah. “Mudbound” stars stars Jason Mitchell, Garret Hedlund, Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke and Jonathan Banks.
- Can Netflix Crash the Oscars With Dee Rees’ ‘Mudbound’? (Variety)
- Powerful ‘Mudbound’ Trailer Portrays Racial Turmoil In The Jim Crow South (HuffPost)
When the media treat White suspects and killers better than Black victims
The Huffington Post republished this story, which first ran in August 2014, in light of a New York Post headline earlier this week that described a white murder suspect as a “clean-cut American kid.” Police have identified 23-year-old Kenneth Gleason as a person of interest in the September slayings of two black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which authorities believe may have been racially motivated.
-When The Media Treat White Suspects And Killers Better Than Black Victims (HuffPost)
Shonda Rhimes launches digital publishing platform with Hearst
(Sept. 19, 2017 | The Grio) - Sonda Rhimes is teaming up with Hearst Magazines Digital Media to create Shondaland.com.
The site will collect essays, videos, articles, and other media from Rhimes’ production team, using Hearst’s resources to push its platform to build its brand and offer publishing services. Read more
Black buying power to hit $1.5 trillion, thanks to Black women
(Sept. 21, 2017 | The Grio) -According to a new Nielson report called African-American Women: Our Science, Her Magic, the businesses run by and the brand loyalty of Black women is driving part of the economy, so much so that total Black spending power is expected to hit a record $1.5 trillion by 2021. Read more
Report: Asians are still tokenized or just missing from TV shows
By Kimberly Yam
(Sept. 15, 2017 | HuffPost) - While it’s well-known that Hollywood doesn’t excel at putting Asian talent on the big screen, a study shows that the industry hasn’t done much to advance the group on the small screen, either. Read more.
Daniel Dae Kim in talks to take over Ed Skrein’s ‘Hellboy’ role
By Doha Madani
(Sept. 11, 2017 | HuffPost) - Daniel Dae Kim might be giving “Hellboy” the authenticity it’s been looking for. The Korean-American actor is reportedly in talks to take over the role of Ben Daimio in the new “Hellboy” reboot. Ed Skrein, known for his work in “Game of Thrones” and “Deadpool,” opened up the opportunity after he learned of the character’s Asian roots. Read more
University of Saskatchewan's indigenization approach raising questions
By Jason Warick
(Sept. 23, 2017 | CBC News) - Some University of Saskatchewan members are raising questions about the school's efforts to "indigenize," especially how it will tackle its goal of making Indigenous content mandatory of all students.
"It's not just 'add Indigenous and stir,'" said longtime U of S Indigenous studies professor Priscilla Settee. Read more