My standard disclaimer about top 10 end of year lists: there are many things I don’t see on TV because I don’t have the right channels or subscriptions. If I overlook your favorite, that may be why. Here are the best TV shows I saw in 2017 (even if they weren’t released in 2017). Continue reading “10 Great TV Series Directed Wholly or Partly by Women from 2017”
Season 1 of Queen Sugar was outstanding, engaging, enlightening, and demanding. It ended with a cliffhanger that could mean huge changes in season 2. Continue reading “Review: Season 1 of Queen Sugar”
13th is a documentary written and directed by Ava DuVernay. It looks at how America came to be the country with the most incarcerated people on the planet and how institutional and societal systems keep it that way. Continue reading “Review: 13th”
Are you one of many people who don’t quite get what “institutionalized racism” is about? Well, Ava DuVernay’s new documentary 13th is going to explain one aspect of it to you. This film is going to be a history lesson and an eye opener for many people. I’m ready to learn something. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for 13th”
Queen Sugar has already been renewed for a 16 episode second season before the first season begins airing. Season 1 begins on OWN on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 with two nights of commercial-free TV directed by Ava DuVernay. Continue reading “Watch This: New Trailer for Queen Sugar”
Queen Sugar, coming to OWN, is the first TV series with episodes directed by Ava DuVernay. It’s produced by Oprah Winfrey. Starring in Queen Sugar as the Bordelon sisters are Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Queen Sugar”
Middle of Nowhere is the story of Ruby (Emayatzy Corinealdi). Her husband is in prison. Ruby is ready to attend medical school when he’s incarcerated, and she drops everything in her life to visit him and support his efforts for early parole. Continue reading “Review: Middle of Nowhere”
So many things need to be changed in the way women, LGBT people, people of color, and the old are depicted on our screens, it sometimes seems overwhelming. After Drea’s guest post from last week, this seemed a good time to mention some leaders fighting to change the dismal facts of the situation in our culture. I want to highlight and honor some of them for their efforts. Continue reading “Fighting Against Sexism, Homophobia, Racism, and Ageism on our Screens”
Echo Park is a romance between Sophie (Mamie Gummer) and Alex (Anthony Okungbowa, who also produced) in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The film is directed by photographer and first time director Amanda Marsalis.
The brief film synopsis is, “Echo Park is a story of two people coming together across cultural economic and racial boundaries.” Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Echo Park”
Old Ain’t Dead just me, watching whatever looks good. To me. I don’t watch everything. I don’t have a “best of 2015” list because I don’t have a clue as to what most of 2015 had to offer, much less what the best of all that would be.
Yet here we are, at the end of the year, and a top 10 list is in order. So how about an Old Ain’t Dead top 10 for 2015? I present my favorites in no particular order.
I admit to being a little fast and loose with the 2015 part. Some of these things were made before 2015, but I saw them in 2015. Just go with it.
I cheated just a bit, too, because at the end I threw in a few extra mentions of things too good to ignore.