Television Show Review: Atlanta: Season 1

Atlanta Season 1

Atlanta: Season 1 created by Donald Glover (FX Productions) Starring Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Keith Stanfield, and Zazie Beetz. #OscarsSoWhite Last year’s Oscar nominees commenced a necessary conversation around representation. Despite many worthy submissions from minority candidates, the prestige categories saw no nominees. For people in the old guard, the line of reasoning stays consistent: the best quality programming is nominated, regardless of color. If quality is quality, the cream rises to the top and representation will happen, providing the content merits consideration. And yet, the counter argument holds weight. I first encountered the idea from Vox critic Todd VanDerWerff. In essence, diversity is required to allow for the most interesting stories to be told. The old guard will… Read More →

Book Review: Invisible Man

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (New York: Vintage International, 1995; originally published in 1952. 608 pp) Ralp Ellison was born in Oklahoma and trained as a musician at Tuskegee Institute. After visiting New York and meeting with Richard Wright, he felt called to write fiction. His novel, Invisible Man, won the National Book Award and the Russwurm Award. Ellison taught at Bard College, the University of Chicago, Rutgers University, the University of California, and New York University. He was appointed to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was a charter member of the National Council on the Arts and Humanities, a member of the Carnegie Commission on public television, a trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for… Read More →