Keeping the Spotlight on Domestic Violence Awareness

October 27, 2016

October is a season of fall colors, football, pumpkin spice, and two major campaigns highlighting women’s health and safety. While breast cancer awareness swathes the country in pink, October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), which in recent years has been  super inconvenient for some major sports leagues and athletes. Much like former Baltimore…

Time Travel TV Takeover

October 19, 2016  |  Monthly Media Roundup

It’s TV premiere season, and we here at AndACTION are staying on top of all the new and returning shows to help you pivot to your nonprofit’s issues. We’ve noticed some trends in 2016-2017 television that we will be blogging about in weekly digests, along with ideas on how these trends relate to social issues.…

Do Better Files: Hollywood and Latinos

October 14, 2016

Tomorrow marks the last day of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which you may notice is smack in the middle of the month. According to the Library of Congress, the observation runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, “because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and…

What’s Age Got To Do With It? Less and Less.

October 7, 2016

One thing in life is certain: Everyone gets older until the day they die. We’ve talked about how Hollywood treats aging before, but since the entertainment industry continues to judge women as if they’re not allowed to get old, we decided to take another look. Ageism appears to be the last -ism to fall. Older…

We Are Seeing This! The Emmys Deliver on Diversity

September 23, 2016  |  Television

It wasn’t too long ago that we were writing about #OscarsSoWhite, a hashtag created by Managing Editor of BroadwayBlack.com April Reign after not a single actor or actress of color was nominated for an Academy Award in 2015 – and then it happened again in 2016. So the fact that nearly 25 percent of acting nominations…

The Pop Culture Pivot

August 25, 2016  |  AndACTION in Action

On Morning Joe, Donald Trump asked a national security expert about U.S. nuclear weapons policy. “If we have them, why can’t we use them,” Trump mused. Groups working on non-proliferation and world peace jumped into high gear. They lit up the Twittersphere, and sent notices to talk show bookers about experts available to explain the…

Look For: New Movies and TV This Weekend

July 29, 2016  |  Weekly Roundup

Movies Friday, July 29: Bad Moms starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett-Smith. Finally, a comedy for and about moms! Getting great reviews too! Friday, July 29: Jason Bourne starring Matt Damon as the amnesiac assassin. A movie about surveillance and terrorism is almost art imitating life. TV Sundays, 10PM HBO:…

Experiencing Is Believing

July 16, 2016  |  Film

  “I saw it with my own two eyes” — or its close cousin, the cliché “seeing is believing” — are two powerful statements that drive people’s beliefs. But what happens when an issue is hard for people to see with their own two eyes? This is a communication challenge faced by issues from nuclear…

Happy Fourth of July!

July 1, 2016  |  Film

Life A favorite of AndACTION is WGN’s Underground, the excellent series about a group of escaped slaves who choose a life of freedom, at the risk of certain danger or death. WGN is running a marathon on Saturday, July 2. Liberty In collaboration with London’s Donmar Warehouse, Public Theater in Lower Manhattan will feature the play titled “Privacy” with…

Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin

It Matters What’s in the Movies!

June 9, 2016

Another movie, another great example of how film affects perception around an issue, and ultimately, sparks change. “Washington Post” pop culture reporter Stephanie Merry writes about disabled activists reacting against the new movie “Me Before You.” SPOILER ALERT. She talks about the end of the movie where the disabled character kills himself because he cannot…