Oscar Wilde Awards Honors Irish-Hollywood Connection

Oscar Wilde Awards honoree Martin Short, known for his zingers and stinging observations, was asked if anyone in the current presidential administration is ripe for satire. “Everyone is ripe for satire,” he says, “particularly in this administration. But it’s hard to satirize, hard to go broader than what we have seen.” Asked if his talk-show… Read more »

Oscar Nominated Actresses Make Bold and Varied Fashion Choices

From a rape victim in “Elle” to a crack-addicted mother in “Moonlight,” this year’s nominated female roles are confronting, arresting, and varied. The same can be said for the actresses who play them, who choose to lead, rather than follow, with their choices in both film and fashion. Viola Davis made a pointed statement on… Read more »

What Hollywood Needs to Do to Make Real Progress in Diversity (Guest Column)

If 2016 was #OscarSoWhite, then 2017 is perhaps #OscarSoWhiteNoMore. But is that enough? Does this ebullience feel familiar? It should. In 2008, many of us basked in the glow of an election that told us “Yes We Can.” We held the promise of a future that bore little resemblance to a shameful past tightly in… Read more »

Migos – “Deadz” (Feat. 2 Chainz) Video

Migos - Trouble videoMigos inarguably have some deeply problematic tendencies, but they also made Culture, probably my favorite album that anyone has released in 2017, and they make one motherfuck of a music video. Their latest is for “Deadz,” a Culture deep cut with a 2 Chainz guest appearance and an incredible beat from producer … More »

All Def Movie Awards: ‘I Don’t Have Anything Against’ the Oscars, Russell Simmons Says

The All Def Movie Awards returned to Los Angeles on Wednesday night to honor films and actors, with the goal of recognizing entertainers who are often overlooked by other award shows. The production, hosted by the digital programming platform All Def Digital and television network Fusion, kicked off at the Belasco Theatre in downtown L.A., just days… Read more »

Apple Speaks Out Against Transgender Bathroom Rules Reversal

Apple became the first major tech company this week to explicitly take a stand against the Trump Administration’s 180 on the protection of transgender students in U.S. public schools. The Education and Justice Departments jointly sent a letter to schools Wednesday, reversing guidance from the Obama administration that urged schools to let transgender students use… Read more »

Littler – “Running Hot”

Littler - "Running Hot"Dissonant guitars contrast against relaxed vocals in Littler’s “Running Hot.” It’s been almost a year since the release of the pop-punky group’s debut LP, Of Wandering, and “Running Hot” (which follows “Oversteeped“) is the second single off their upcoming EP, Bad Hands. The buzzy, anxious track is on the more upbeat and lighter … More »

Documentarian Roger Ross Williams on Oscar Nomination for ‘Life, Animated’

After winning the documentary-short Oscar in 2010, Roger Ross Williams is again nominated this year, for the feature doc “Life, Animated,” about Owen Suskind, whose family helps him find a way to deal with autism through animated Disney movies. Williams, whose sentences are often punctuated by laughter, is a documentary branch governor at the Academy… Read more »