Film and TV

Black Radicalism on Screen: “The Hate U Give”

It is not every day that the music of Tupac Shakur and the politics of the Black Panthers are harmoniously woven into a tale about a modern black family. But in a society still marred by racial and class inequality, normalcy isn’t an option for black Americans like the Carters, the protagonists of “The Hate U Give.”

On Spike Lee’s Silence

In his new film “BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee uses footage from last year’s deadly Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville. But the film says nothing about how the police watched white supremacists to attack counter-protestors. Who is Lee protecting?

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2: The Rise of the Right and the Resistance

Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is the depiction of a far-off and dystopian future, but its depictions of misogyny, gender essentialism, and religious fundamentalism hit way too close to home. Season two continues to develop the structure and oppression of the fictional nation of Gilead, but it also starts to depict the beginnings of a growing—and necessary—political resistance.

BoJack Horseman: A Manic-Depressive Horse, Loosely Based on Bertolt Brecht

The third season of the cult show BoJack Horseman came out on Netflix in July. Many consider it a satire of the narcissistic world of Hollywood. But in reality, producer Raphael Bob-Waksberg has created a unique work of art about depression – using some of Brecht’s tools.