Posts with Category: Activism

What Was Different about #Oscars90? Social Justice Front & Center

March 6, 2018  |  Activism

Awards season always spotlights the social justice sector, and that’s why it’s important nonprofits pay attention to events like the Oscars. What made this year’s 90th Academy Awards celebration so special was the focus on policy issues, instead of political jokes. While the rhetoric of previous Oscars has been full of jabs from Hollywood’s elite…

Hollywood Awards Season Shares the Spotlight with Social Justice

January 10, 2018  |  Activism

At AndACTION, we help nonprofits think strategically about how cultural moments spurred by film and television can strengthen advocacy-based communications. Hollywood’s TIME’S UP campaign, a follow-up to the #MeToo movement, changed the color and the conversation on the Golden Globes red carpet. Standing in solidarity with women, attendees donned all-black ensembles to declare the clock…

Woke, But Funny…Community Building with Comedy

October 5, 2017  |  AndACTION in Action

The Season 4 premiere of “Black-Ish”, a sitcom about a modern African American family, sets the record straight about colonialism and brings to life “Juneteenth”, the celebration of the end of slavery in America on June 19th, 1865. In the episode, Dre, the family patriarch, is frustrated by the heroism attributed to the 1492 discovery…

Emmys 2017: Delivering issue narratives right into your audience’s living rooms

September 19, 2017  |  Activism

In a surprise cameo, Chance the Rapper challenged audiences: “I love television, it’s a pleasant distraction/But just imagine taking action…” At AndACTION, this is exactly what we aim to achieve: to challenge activists and organizers to use Emmy-winning stories to reach new audiences and advance their campaign goals. As each winner took to the stage…

Getting Into the Game

August 30, 2017  |  Activism

There’s no escaping “Game of Thrones.” Even if you don’t watch the monumentally popular HBO series, which brought in a record-breaking 10 million viewers for its Season 7 premiere, it’s impossible to miss the buzz. This is great news for organizations and causes that want more attention for their issue. When a TV show or…

How Late-Night Talk Show Hosts Might Be the Activists America Needs Right Now

August 3, 2017  |  Industry

Shows like Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal and John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight use humor to reframe complex policies and uncover the essential outrageousness, hypocrisy and injustice in today’s political circus. Plus, with talk show hosts like Jimmy Fallon bringing in guests like Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Stephen Colbert hosting Black Lives Matter activists on The Late Show, pointed political conversations – on issues from…

A Red and White Resistance

July 20, 2017

Protestors around the world have adopted a new uniform as a symbol of defiance – red robes and white bonnets based on “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, now a series on Hulu. The show’s premiere is the most-watched debut of any show on the streaming service. The shows haunting, dystopian future seems to…

How “The Americans” Holds a Mirror to Current Events

April 9, 2017  |  Television

Picture this: The FBI assembles a task force to investigate rumors of Russian spies living as suburban Americans, who have seamlessly infiltrated our country. In fact, an FBI counter-intelligence agent has suspicions about the family that lives next door, whose car is similar to one spotted at the scene of the kidnapping of a high-level…

Download Our Report: “Pop Culture Works for Social Change”

April 6, 2017

Join the hundreds of people who downloaded our recent report with the Ford Foundation, “Pop Culture Works for Social Change.” In it, we provide step-by-step instructions to show you how to leverage pop culture – TV and film stories in particular – as an effective communications tool for social change. Tips, actionable strategies, best practices…

Pop Culture as a Powerful Force for Narrative Change

January 23, 2017  |  Activism

This piece was originally published in Change Agent, the biannual publication of the Communications Network.  We all tell ourselves stories. There’s a story of how each workday goes—psychologists call these behavioral scripts—and there are larger narratives we tell ourselves about our lives in general. There’s even a subfield of psychoanalysis called narrative therapy that encourages patients…