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Check out Dr. G!!

So this past weekend I had the pleasure of being featured in two news outlets VCU News and USA Today!!

For VCU News, I was interviewed about one of my Spring courses, “Say Her Name: Humanizing the Black Female Voice in Television.” I got a chance to surprise my students with one of the actress [Cherokee Hall who plays “Extra Extra”] from the STARZ television series “P-Valley”.

Check out some of the story here:

It’s important to Gipson that the course engages with what’s happening in the world. The representation of Black female actors and the characters they take on has always been essential to the success of television as a medium,” she said.

However, Hollywood is not quick to showcase, celebrate, and even hire them. Television has made strides, but it has been inconsistent and slow moving,” she said, adding that many of the women whose work the course studies are breaking barriers and re-setting television culture. I want students to see how television and film are a way to tackle issues and problems.

Joan Tupponce-VCU News

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Now for the USA Today article, I switch gears and offer some social commentary on the Dave Chappelle incident and whether America can still handle a joke!!

Here are a few of my thoughts below:

But the combustible cultural moment we are living in — one roiled by political discord and pandemic restrictions — certainly is testing that joke and let joke philosophy, says Grace Gipson, assistant professor in the department of African American studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.

I feel like in his day Richard Pryor took things to an extreme maybe even greater than what we see today, but no one was bum rushing the stage, says Gipson. Today, it seems like people are free to show their anger beyond heckling.

Marco della Cava & Maria Puente USA TODAY

To read the full articles, check out the following links: VCU News and USA Today !!

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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

April Showers bring May Flowers…And those flowers come in the form of some great television and films!! Don’t believe me, check them out below:

Under the Banner of Heaven (Streaming on Hulu/FX Networks April 28th)

The Staircase (Streaming on HBO Max May 5th)

Senior Year (Streaming on Netflix May 13th)

Season 4-Stranger Things (Streaming on Netflix May 27th)

Becoming Elizabeth (Streaming June 12th on STARZPlay)

Thor: Love and Thunder (In theaters July 8th)

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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

The Time has changed, the Weather is getting warmer, and I got more tv and film newness just for you!! Looks like these next few month are going to continue to bring us the hotness!!

Check out some of the new things dropping in theaters and on your streaming networks!!

Season 2-Woke (Streaming on Hulu April 8th)

Outer Range (Streaming on Prime Video April 15th)

Season 6-Better Call Saul (Streaming on AMC/AMC+ April 18th)

We Own This City (Streaming on HBO April 25th)

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Streaming on Disney+ May 25th)

The Boys (Streaming on Prime Video June 3rd)

Elvis (In theaters June 24th)

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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

Many of these trailers were featured on Sunday during Super Bowl LVI, but just in case you need a reminder…

Check out these jaw-dropping trailers below:

The Endgame (Streaming on NBC February 21st)

A Madea Homecoming (Streaming on Netflix February 25th)

Cherry (In theaters February 26th on Apple TV+ March 12th)

The Adam Project (Streaming on Netflix March 11th)

Alice (In theaters March 18th)

Jurassic World Dominion (In theaters June 20th)

Nope (In theaters July 22nd)

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Streaming on Amazon Prime September 2nd)

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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

Lots of good content that dropping this month! Got a mix of thriller, some docu-series, a little drama and leave you with some laughs! Check out some of the newness below:

KIMI (Streaming on HBO Max February 10th)

Everything’s Gonna Be All White (Streaming on Showtime February 11th)

Lincoln’s Dilemma (Streaming on Apple TV+ February 18th)

All American: Homecoming (Streaming on The CW February 21st)

Cheaper By The Dozen (Streaming on Disney+ March 18th)

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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

Another week and another set of trailers waiting just for you!! Got a nice mix of returning and relaunched series, new films, and even a Pixar movie!! So dive right in and check them out below:

Definition Please (Streaming on Netflix January 21st)

The Worst Person in the World (In theaters February 4th)

Season 2-Sweet Magnolia (Streaming on Netflix February 4th)

Power Book IV: Force (Streaming on STARZ February 6th)

The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder (Streaming on Disney+ February 23rd)

Turning Red (In theaters March 4th)

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Jaya’s Pop Culture Minute (PCM)- “A Year in Review”

Not only do you get Dr. G’s 2021 Faves, but I had to make sure I gave you a bonus list! Check out Black Future Feminist Intern Jaya as she offers her two cents for 2021!!

Here is a list of my favorite things that came out and/or discovered for the first time this year. These are things that I discovered that really stuck with me through this crazy year. So for my final post of 2021 here are a few things that got me through this year and here’s to a new year!

My Favorite Albums:

  • Paul’s Boutique ~Beastie Boys
  • Midnight Marauders ~A Tribe Called Quest
  • Call Me If You Get Lost ~Tyler the Creator
  • Vs. ~Pearl Jam
  • There is Nothing Left To Lose ~Foo Fighters
  • Divine Feminine ~Mac Miller
  • Planet Her ~Doja Cat
  • Lately I Feel Everything ~Willow Smith
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My Favorite Books:

  • Hamlet ~William Shakespeare
  • Flowers for Algernon ~Daniel Keyes
  • The Handmaid’s Tale ~Margaret Atwood
  • A Game of Thrones ~George R.R. Martin
  • The Song of Achilles ~Madeline Miller
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My Favorite Movies:

  • Eternals (2021)
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)
  • Sound of Metal (2019)
  • Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
  • The Truman Show (1998)
  • Fargo (1996)
  • Goodfellas (1990)
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My Favorite TV Shows:

  • Invincible (Prime Video)
  • Squid Game (Netflix)
  • Arrested Development (Netflix)
  • Clickbait (Netflix)
  • The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (Disney+)
  • Hawkeye (Disney+)
  • Downton Abbey (Peacock)
  • Gotham (Netflix)
  • Cowboy Bebop [Anime] (Funimation)
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Cheers to what is to come in 2022!!

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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

Last week of 2021, but that does not mean the trailers end here! Better yet just think of this week’s trailers as a foreshadow to what is to come in 2022!! So check them out below:

Season 4-Cobra Kai (Streaming on Netflix December 31st, 2021)

Death on the Nile (In theaters February 11th, 2022)

Inventing Anna (Streaming on Netflix February 11th, 2022)

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty (Streaming on HBO Max March 2022)

Season 3-Atlanta (Streaming on FX March 24th, 2022)

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (In theaters May 6th, 2022)

Halo (Streaming on Paramount + in 2022)

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Dr. G’s Holiday Movie Favorites!!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Christmas cookies (CHECK), Egg Nog or Mulled Wine (CHECK & CHECK), Firestick plugged in (CHECK), and plenty of Blankets (CHECK)!! Just a few items needed as we prepare to dive into some Holiday movies!! I figured I would share a few of my holiday favorites with you to get you in the holiday mood!! Now some of these are classics and some are just simply for a good laugh, but nonetheless channeling the holiday season!! Check them out below:

  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989): This is one of my all-time favorite movies ever!! It never gets old!! And an extra bonus it takes place in my home state (Chicago, IL)!!
  • Four Christmases (2008)
  • The Best Man Holiday (2013): Nothing like hearing and seeing a rendition of New Edition perform during the Holidays!!
  • The Holiday (2006)
  • Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020): A fantastical/STEM holiday adventure infused with some #BlackGirlMagic … works for me!!
  • The Preacher’s Wife (2002): What more could you ask for with a cast that includes the late Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, the hilarious Jenifer Lewis, and Courtney B. Vance and the amazing music…chef’s kiss!!
  • A Christmas Story (1983): Classic Christmas Tell!!
  • Prancer (1989)
  • Frosty the Snowman (1969):Classic Holiday Canon!!
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966): Classic Holiday Canon!!
  • The Night Before (2015): Nothing like searching for the ultimate holiday party!!
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992): The perfect way to introduce your kids to the classic Christmas tale!
  • The Family Stone (2005)
  • Jingle All the Way (1996): Who doesn’t love a Holiday fight for Christmas toys?!!
  • The Nightmare before Christmas (1993)
  • Die Hard (1988): Yep this counts!!
  • Home Alone (1990): No ‘Wet Bandits’ for me!!
  • Elf (2003): Will Ferrell in elf suit…priceless!!
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965): Classic Holiday Canon!!

Now I know there may be some flicks that didn’t make the list, that maybe you think should, but if that was the case this list would never end!!

In addition to curling up on the couch to watch your favorite holiday movies, I will also escape to the theaters (safely of course, masked and ready). So if you are anything like my family we always have a tradition of going to see a movie on Christmas Day, just another way to get our movie fix in!! And as that day quickly approaches we still gotta figure out what it will be, but trust me we are definitely looking forward to it!!

Now you are ready to rock and ‘Holiday’ roll!

So what’s your favorite Holiday movies??

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Weekly Trailer Alerts!!

Another week passed, another week begins, and another round of trailer alerts is headed your way!! Check them out below:

MacGruber (Streaming on Peacock December 16th)

Don’t Look Up (streaming on Netflix December 24th)

Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre (In theaters January 21st, 2022)

Reacher (Streaming on Amazon Prime Video February 4th, 2022)

Book of Love (Streaming on Amazon Prime Video February 4th, 2022)

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (In theaters April 8th, 2022)