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Challenging “Post-Racial” America

Young Jean Lee pushes and pulls the lines of cross cultural theater in her critically acclaimed, "The Shipment."

Big Advertisers Are Watching You

I am not sure if the media-savvy among you have already heard of this phenomenon, but apparently the newest trend in super-creepy-and-invasive advertising is ads that watch you watch them. This new technology, made by a company called Quividi, uses face-tracking technology (and yes, I guess that is a thing) to determine the age, race, and gender of the person viewing the ad. Then, the...

Push Gets a Distributor and Support from Oprah

Quick update: Sundance winner Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire has landed a distributor! News broke yesterday that Lionsgate has acquired North American rights to the film. What’s more, both Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry are also backing Push, which means that director Lee Daniels may actually be able to get this film in front of commercial audiences after all....

The Super Bowl Post

So, rather than watch the Super Bowl, I ate food and slept. In spite of my attempts to avoid the whole damn mess, however, I still wound up being forced to deal with the requisite oohs and aaaahs over the commercials. I’m not a big fan of commercials period–but Super Bowl ads are often especially problematic to me because they are well aware that they are appealing to the most base...

Marketing He's Just Not That Into You as a Film that Men Can Get Into

A week prior to the film's release, the marketing team for He's Just Not That Into You has released a video of three of film's male stars - Justin Long, Bradley Cooper, and Kevin Connolly - trying to persuade men to see the film. The reason they think men might actually like the film? Because, they claim, He's Just Not That Into You avoids the top 10 cliches of chick flicks.

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Is Lil' Mama Leaving the Game? Female Rappers as an Endangered Species

This past week, a new track from the 19 year-old Brooklyn vocalist with the cringe-inducing nickname Lil' Mama leaked to the internet, entitled “I'm a Diva” (which is not a remix of the Beyonce track of the same name), which will presumably end up on her as yet untitled sophomore release. If you had never heard anything from her before, very little about this track, with its slick...

The Box's Crush of the Week: Kirsten Gum

This week the box has a good old fashioned feminist crush on Kirsten Gum, the Travel Channel's Treasure Hunter. There's no stretch of the imagination required to understand her appeal: She travels the world searching for treasure, often braving intense elements and physical challenges to get to it. Watching her accomplish her goals is inspiring, but Gum's sense of humor and winning...

Wedding March of the Penguins

Warning: The following blog post is a bit too cute for words, but it's Friday and we figured maybe you could use it.

Same-sex marriage may still be unacceptable for us humans, but apparently at a zoo in China it's A-OK for gay penguins.  

 

That's right, two male penguins at the Polarland Park in NE China have grown so close as of late that they were rewarded with...

American Apparel Answers Back

I'm the type of person who likes to think of themselves as flying under the radar. So you can imagine my surprise when I woke up yesterday to find an email from American Apparel in reference to my blog post from Wednesday.

I'll include the email and my thoughts, after the jump.

The War on Choice When Life is Chosen (Eight Times)

This week, an unnamed woman gave birth to eight children after recieving fertility treatment.  As details of her background surface, so does criticism and questions about her choice to raise a total of fourteen young children.

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