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Inauguration Got You Down? MARCH to Your Nearest Book Store

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Last weekend, John Lewis announced that he would be missing the 2017 inauguration, the first he would miss in thirty years.  This comment incited controversy.  One of the articles that came up told me that Lewis’s books were selling out in stores across the country, and I was reminded that I still had not read the third volume of Lewis’s comic book trilogy, which was co-written by Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.  I immediately went to the store and purchased a beautiful boxed set of all three books.  March is John Lewis’s story during the Civil Rights Movement.  Hopefully, you can read this article without needing to be warned about spoilers.

March Vol. 1 starts with Lewis getting ready to attend President Obama’s inauguration and flashes back to his childhood up through his initial involvement with the Civil Rights Movement.  Volume 2 continues in this style, and Volume 3 wraps it up.

Here’s the part where I review the trilogy:  It’s amazing.  Seriously.   Continue reading Inauguration Got You Down? MARCH to Your Nearest Book Store

If You Give Up, Who’s Gonna Fix it For Us?: Black-ish offers “Hope” in the face of police brutality

I’m gobsmacked. I have not seen a sitcom tackle a weighty topic like police brutality since A Different World, which was more than twenty years ago. But this week’s Black-ish dared, and I applaud Kenya Barris for it.  The writer and showrunner confessed he’s “never been as afraid about an episode of television that I’ve written in my life.”

That fear, as the episode “Hope” shows, is well-founded. The Johnson family gathers around the television to hear the results of an alleged police brutality case that resulted in the death of an unarmed teenager. It sparks a discussion between the family, with the youngest members confused and wondering what everyone’s so upset about.

Continue reading If You Give Up, Who’s Gonna Fix it For Us?: Black-ish offers “Hope” in the face of police brutality