Posts with Category: Television

Watch It: If You Believe in Good Government

July 4, 2018

A July 4th edition of our blog series that curates pop culture storylines for changemakers As we celebrate the anniversary of our country’s independence, there’s no better time to reflect on exactly what good government looks like. Sure, there have always been depictions of bad government (House of Cards and Scandal, anyone?). But this Independence…

Watch It: If You Love Strong Women Role Models

June 25, 2018

Introducing a new blog series that curates pop culture storylines for changemakers. At AndACTION, we know that pop culture can help social change communicators draw more attention to their causes. People’s brains are hard-wired for stories — and pop culture is a lens through which we see the world. So pop culture influences the way…

Ali Wong’s New Netflix Special Sheds Light on Need for Paid Maternity Leave

May 18, 2018

If you don’t like raunchy, subversive humor, Ali Wong’s new comedy special on Netflix, “Hard Knock Wife,” is not for you. And if you’re a mom who embraced the glow of pregnancy, passed up the epidural and found breastfeeding to be a higher calling, this is also not for you. But if you’re a mom…

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…

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…

Defy Ageism in the Workplace with “Younger”

June 29, 2017

You’re a 40-year-old woman whose marriage just ended and you need to get back into the workforce after raising your daughter, but that’s easier said than done. Especially if you want a job in the publishing industry, which idolizes the young. So what do you do? You lie about your age, of course. At least…

May TV’s Sweeping Potential to Put Your Issue in the Spotlight

May 3, 2017  |  Television

In a TV galaxy not so long ago and far away, “May sweeps” meant one thing: Every TV show worth watching was wrapping up for the season and networks pulled out all the stops to boost ratings and ad dollars. That’s still true, to a point, but today’s multi-platform media landscape has made this time…

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…

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…

Why Atlanta and Insecure Capture The Black Millennial Experience

January 10, 2017  |  Television

Atlanta and Insecure are arguably two of the best new shows on television. For me and many of my friends, these shows have filled an unconscious void. They have filled a void that we couldn’t define or even know was missing. Created by the stars of the programs, Atlanta and Insecure demonstrate an authenticity of…