Nonprofits Take Note: Immigrants Are #HereToStay On Our Television Screens

December 6, 2017  |  Activism

In the frame of art imitating life, the entertainment industry allows its viewers to celebrate the immigrant in all of us. Television shows like Fresh Off The Boat, Master of None, Jane the Virgin and Superstore, and movies like The Big Sick, reveal the unique experiences of people who leave their homelands for the promise…

Flashback Friday: Deadpool and Advocacy in Unexpected Places

November 16, 2017  |  AndACTION in Action

A superhero film breaking box office records doesn’t sound, well, out of the box. What makes this “smart-aleck” superhero who exacts revenge on his enemies unique, however, is the fact that he’s also fighting cancer. In fact, the action begins when Ajax, the antagonist, offers Deadpool an experimental treatment for a cure. While Hollywood has…

Netflix Gives New Life to TV Shows (And Why Nonprofits Should Care…)

October 26, 2017  |  Monthly Media Roundup

The West Wing, an NBC political drama that ended in 2006, remains a Netflix staple with a serious fanbase. The West Wing Weekly, a podcast started by the show’s lead Joshua Malina, analyzes each episode, often adding political commentary or inviting guests (in this week’s episode, former Secretary of Education John King) to draw parallels…

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…

Marshalling Support For Your Cause

September 25, 2017  |  Activism

(Photo credit: Open Road Films) In 1940, as the chief litigation officer of the NAACP, Marshall served as the defense for a young black man wrongfully accused of rape in a small Connecticut town. The highly publicized trial, which became tabloid fodder, spread falsehoods about black males as a threat to communities and resulted in…

Don’t Be “Insecure” About Using Pop Culture to Promote Your Cause

September 20, 2017

The mere existence of the show – not to mention its widespread popularity – is groundbreaking. “Insecure” features a black woman (played by Issa Rae) as the main character and creator of a premium cable series, among an all-black cast. The show presents social issues, overlooked by most television series, from the perspective of black…

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…