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The Nightly Show Has A Strong Start But A Long Way To Go.

Larry Wilmore has a tough act to follow. Taking over a spinoff show from a massively successful show is already a daunting enough task. However it isn’t just Jon Stewart […]

Larry Wilmore has a tough act to follow. Taking over a spinoff show from a massively successful show is already a daunting enough task. However it isn’t just Jon Stewart he’s having to follow up. Larry Wilmore also has to succeed the nine-year pop culture icon Stephen Colbert by occupying his former time slot. There are a lot of pitfalls he has to avoid, not the least of which is avoiding simply becoming ‘The Black Daily Show’ or ‘The Black Colbert Report’ . Fortunately, Larry Wilmore has shown himself to be one of the sharpest comedians in the Daily Show’s roster. He’s managed to still be incredibly funny while discussing difficult issues and without losing the edge to what he’s discussing. It’s also hard to argue with the pedigree.

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Martin Luther King Jr is humanized in Selma

One of the most frustrating aspects of biopic films in American/British films is how overtly simplistic they are. Biographies tend to lionize their protagonists and reduce their life to moments […]

One of the most frustrating aspects of biopic films in American/British films is how overtly simplistic they are. Biographies tend to lionize their protagonists and reduce their life to moments meant to stir emotion through orchestral scores and sweeping shots meant to showcase genius or courage.  They also tend to not show why these characters/people were remarkable, instead showing the historical consequences of their genius and/or courage as we barrel through a series of wikipedia notes (and sometimes, it’s even less accurate)

While Selma has been criticized by many as inaccurate in its portrayal of LBJ, the truth is that the problem at play is not about accuracy. Historical films are not really documentaries. It’s fine to contort history into a dramatic context in order to create a more powerful narrative that audiences can relate to. The issue is when emotional truth is lost. While Selma might have decided to go against LBJ’s personality and principles, it still manages to be a film that’s true to both the reality of the civil rights movement then and the reality of racial oppression in America today.

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