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BOOK REVIEW: Reading While Black

BOOK REVIEW: Reading While Black

“Black people are not dark-skinned White people.”

This was a mantra used over and over again by Tom Burrell, the first Black man to work in advertising in Chicago. He began his career in 1961 when all advertising was targeted at White consumers. As the field began to realize the potential market of appealing to Black consumers, initially the strategy was to make the exact same ads but with Black models/actors. The assumption was that the things that speak to and motivate White people are universal. But Burrell knew that Black culture was a unique...

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REVIEW: Burden

REVIEW: Burden

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…,” John writes in the first of his pastoral letters. This letter, in...

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REVIEW: Parasite

REVIEW: Parasite

Tens of millions of television viewers recently rejoiced at the big screen return of a silver screen favorite. For four years, fans just couldn’t...

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Heather’s Top Ten Movies of 2019

Heather’s Top Ten Movies of 2019

This year I was drawn to movies that tried new things or told stories I hadn’t seen before. There ended up being multiple autobiographical...

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REVIEW: A Hidden Life

REVIEW: A Hidden Life

There is a lot of flashy, star-studded content about World War II out there. Rightfully so. It was an era when the world stood...

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REVIEW: Jojo Rabbit

REVIEW: Jojo Rabbit

There is nothing funny about the Holocaust or the Hitler Youth or any of our current expressions of white supremacy. And yet, in the...

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REVIEW: The Two Popes

REVIEW: The Two Popes

Comedian John Mulaney hosted Saturday Night Live earlier this year and joked about the idea of his Jewish wife converting to Catholicism, “How would...

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REVIEW: Joker (Should We Sympathize With Evil?)

REVIEW: Joker (Should We Sympathize With Evil?)

It’s been out for two weeks, and Joker has already sparked a season’s worth of controversy. It won the highest prize at the Venice...

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REVIEW: The Great Alaskan Race

REVIEW: The Great Alaskan Race

When my wife and I were living in the Northeast, we adopted a saying that applied to meetings and other engagements we often had...

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CLASSIC REVIEW: Do The Right Thing

CLASSIC REVIEW: Do The Right Thing

It has been 30 years since the release of Spike Lee’s most iconic film, Do the Right Thing. 30 years have passed since the...

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