'I'm a White Girl': Why 'Girls' Won't Ever Overcome Its Racial Problem-an article
from The Atlantic
with several interesting links on the larger issue of including (or not) black characters into American television.
Manning Marrable is dead. Author of a controversial biography of Malcolm X
, he was a Marxist professor who wrote regular columns such as this one.
Unfortunately, manningmarable.net, a collection of his columns, is no longer up, but he was an influential scholar (Mandatory Wikipedia Link
). [more inside]
Dan Tague is an artist who takes pictures of dollar bills
after folding them to spell out political messages and social commentary. Additional galleries linked on the left of his page. Some of his work is in NYC this week
as part of the VOLTA Art Fair.
(Flash based) is a book published in 2008 combining imagery and essays to tell stories highlighting contemporary issues benefiting from both images and text. The book was edited and curated by David Elliot Cohen
(Wikipedia) including 17 essays
(TOC, pdf) covering such issues as the Price of Oil Addiction
(pdf) and Shop till You Drop
(pdf). The complete book is available for free as a series of PDF documents. [more inside]
creates interactive works in diverse media with themes including performance and social commentary. Projects include Tactile Photography
and, most impressive to me, The Audio Pad
The City of God
(#29 IMDB top 250
) is a film about life in Brazilian "favelas"
(shantytowns) where poverty, drugs, violence and crime rule the streets. At murder rates of more than 40 per 100,000, one person shot every 30 minutes in the city, Rio ranks as the world's most dangerous places
along with Cali, Colombia and Johannesburg, South Africa. Rio has over 600 favelas and the crime and violence is becoming so bad corporations are fleeing the city
while the military is under direct assault
and the prison system is breaking
down. Favela guided tours available
or see the movie available now on DVD.