August 9th, 2014. That’s the day Ferguson, Missouri became a battleground after the shooting of Michael Brown. Following this day, battle rapper and activist Bruce Franks, Jr. decided to go one step further in his community. Sensing more representation was needed for those who look like him and an education lesson necessary for those who […]Read More St. Louis Superman
In a perfect world, each piece of media stands alone as its own, absent of comparison and lens-holding to similar things and works. That’s not always how the world works, however, and sometimes, it’s easier and more effective to analyze things as the sum of parts. When looking at the two most […]Read More Double Feature: Won’t You Spend a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood?
When’s the last time you got mad at a YouTube video because the sound got removed from the visuals? Chances are, you probably ceased watching immediately after it was clear what was going on. Sound with no picture can be liberating and imagination-provoking, but a picture with no sound is good at best. The great George […]Read More Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound
“Get the story, and don’t come back until you have it.” Back in 1926, a small paper known as The New York Evening Enquirer came to be, serving mainly as a proponent for totalitarian policies. As one could imagine, that didn’t sell well. Sensing an opportunity to fill a void comes Gene Pope, Jr., wanting […]Read More Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer
Life after death isn’t the question…it’s life before death that is. Or at least, that’s the way legendary singer Linda Ronstadt sees it. From humble beginnings in the Tucson, Arizona desert (yours truly’s hometown) to one of the icons of the 20th century, Ronstadt refused to stay stationary, always looking to zag when everyone was […]Read More Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice
Live with purpose. Love with purpose. Football player Steve Gleason has always played the game of football with determination and purpose, an overachiever in all aspects as an undersized-yet-tenacious linebacker and eventual safety. During the New Orleans Saints’ return to the Superdome after the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina in 2006, Gleason became a symbol of rebirth […]Read More Gleason
We all have vices. For some, they may be drugs, sex, food…or transit. New Yorker Darius McCollum has harbored a fascination for trains and trams at an early age. Not just a passing fascination, either. McCollum has Asperger’s, and his interest in trains and the like is highly intense. How intense? Since the age of 15, Darius […]Read More Off the Rails: Movie Man Jackson
“Never feel sorry for me. I’m great.” Some people are truly transcendent. Regardless of what they may make waves in, their personas and auras span across many areas. Cassius Clay, better known as legendary heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali, was undisputably one of these people in his heyday. Facing Ali is a documentary focused on the […]Read More Facing Ali: Movie Man Jackson