By Arturo R. García and Kendra James
So God Made A Latino Farmer: While most of us watching the Super Bowl were creeped out by the latest GoDaddy crime against humanity, Dodge tried to get slick with its “So God Made A Farmer” ad, attaching the words of right-wing radio host Paul Harvey to a collage of “heartland” images depicting the agricultural trade.
Only there weren’t any Latinos in it. At all. Even though 72 percent of farm workers are immigrants. So the video above is Isaac Cubillo’s remixed version, which strikes us as a bit more true to life than Dodge’s appeal to the CMT crowd.–AG
Tyrant: Given the subject matter, it’s a struggle to be glass-half-full about FX’s new pilot option, Tyrant. But the premise sounds interesting, and it seems as if there might be a chance for some fantastically diverse casting:
Now an optometrist in Orlando, Florida, BARRY (born BASSAM) AL-FAHED is the son of tyrannical Middle Eastern President HASSAN AL-FAHED, but fled his home country and royal life in disgust at the oppression and cruelty of his father’s regime. Now reluctantly back on a visit with his family–wife MOLLY, son SAMMY, daughter EMMA–for a family wedding, Barry continues to be horrified at his family’s behavior and the volatile political situation it triggers …
I remain cautious, as the show’s brought to us by the same team behind Showtime’s Homeland. Having never seen Homeland, I can’t comment on the content, but I know there’ve been mixed reviews concerning the show’s alleged Islamophobia. That said, FX dramas are my new guilty pleasure (I watched 4 seasons of Sons of Anarchy in ten days. Ten days.) so I’m trying to keep an open mind. You can see main character descriptions here. –KJ
Roots vs. Django: The SiriusXM show The Power recently hosted an interview with Levar Burton, Louis Gossett, Jr., Leslie Uggams, and Ben Vereen from the cast of Roots and asked them for their impressions of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Burton correctly noted that Tarantino has called Roots “unrealistic,” leading Gossett to call QT a “clever devil.” The clip above is less than four minutes long, but it’s worth a listen. The whole show is available here.–AG
“The Worlds of Ntozake Shange: A Performance and Conference”: Barnard College will host a festival dedicated to the works of Ntozake Shange, on February 14th-15th, 2013.
This February, the Africana Studies Program, the Consortium for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies (CCIS), and BCRW will hold a performance and a discussion followed by a one-day conference devoted to the life, works and legacy of Shange. Almost forty years after the first production of For Colored Girls Shange’s work continues to challenge and inspire. This event brings together scholars and artists from across the country who are shaping scholarly and popular conversations about African-American arts and letters as well as gender in the African Diaspora.
Beyonce & The Sugar Mamas: While other folks were too busy clutching their pearls about Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show, Jorge Rivas at Colorlines put a bit of a spotlight on her all-woman backing band, collectively known as “The Sugar Mamas,” earlier this week. The 10-member group was joined by “The Mamas,” the three-piece ensemble providing backing vocals, and the rest of the 120-person operation. Which is a good reason to revisit Sunday’s show, no?–AG