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Scandal Roundtable 2.19: “Seven Fifty-Two”

Hosted by Joseph Lamour

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As I said in my recap last week, “Seven Fifty-Two” is all about Huck–as much as Fitz wanted to weasel his way into the story…and Olivia’s life. Of course, Olivia wasn’t having it, and neither was Mellie. Loss was the thread that wove the disparate stories last week.

After the jump. Jordan St. John, Loree Lamour, and T.F. Charlton join me to break down another engaging episode of Scandal. Continue reading

Race + Television–The Vampire Diaries 4.20: “The Originals”

Promo shot for The Originals. Via the CW.

Last week The Vampire Diaries (TVD) aired Episode 20, “The Originals,” a “backdoor pilot” for a spin-off series coming this Fall of the same name, which will (finally) remove the Original Family of Klaus, Rebekkah, and Elijah from Mystic Falls, VA, and send them even further south to New Orleans. I know, I know–at this point we need more Southern vampires on television like we need another summer superhero movie. But here’s the surprising thing: If TVD showrunner Julie Plec weren’t also in charge of this show? It could be very, very good.

There hasn’t been much to be excited about this season, so this was a game-changer and it was more than just a change of scenery (TVD has had a lot of that this year). Admittedly, you can’t go wrong in erasing the ridiculous part of the plot where the 1000+-year-old vampires have to pretend to be teenagers, fitting in with small-town Virginia life. The new chosen city for the show isn’t overly inspired; New Orleans is hardly original when it comes to vampire storytelling, but with it comes an instant change to the mood and tone of the show.

“The Originals” steps back from the teenage shenanigans of TVD, and thank goodness for that. This is show about family–the family you’re born into vs. the family you make for yourself. With that, plus the introduced cast members, there’s some serious potential here.

The problem is it is Plec’s show–and a lot of the potential it has won’t ever see the light of day.

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Scandal Recap 2.19: “Seven Fifty-Two”

by Joseph Lamour

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Scandal is back! Again… again… again. This show sure has a lot of breaks. A thinly veiled attempt to leave us wanting more. It definitely works though, doesn’t it?  And there are only three more episodes left the season. Tragic. I may have to start going outside again.

If you recall our recap a few weeks ago, we last saw Olivia being swaddled by Fitz in her hospital room as her new beau Captain Jake Ballard waited outside. This week’s episode doesn’t really move the story forward, but it provided a much desired backstory for hacker-sassin Huck. This type of episode usually frustrates me as the only thing that happened, really, was that someone got up off the floor. But, like I said, a good backstory is a good backstory. And Huck provides a meaty one.

Spoilers for Scandal 2.19 “Seven Fifty-Two” appear under the cut.

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Slammin’ Poetry: “A Letter To JK Rowling From Cho Chang”

by Joseph Lamour

Recently, we came across a great spoken word piece while perusing Angry Asian Man, and we think it deserves a listen. By Rachel Rostad, “A Letter to JK Rowling from Cho Chang” is not only a critique of the first love interest for Harry Potter, but of problematic representations of Asian women in books, cinema, and media as a whole.

If you’ve watched by now (which you should, it’s a pretty awesome four minutes) you could imagine that this stirring piece, well, stirred a lot of people. Since this viral video’s posting on YouTube it’s started an ongoing discussion- not only of representation of people of color in media, but PoC representation in her piece as well.

For Rostad’s video response to the comments on her poem, continue under the cut.

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The Racialicious Entertainment Roundup: 4.8-14.13

Scandal may be on a three-week hiatus, but that doesn’t mean we’ve turned off our televisions here at the R. Click in for news on from  Arturo Garcia and me on Idris Elba, Project Runway, and more.

Psy Returns:1,525,247,746 YouTube viewings later, the man behind “Gangnam Style” now attempts to escape One-Hit Wonderville — at least, outside of South Korea.

As Jeff Yang pointed out at The Wall Street Journal, the video for Psy’s new single, “Gentleman,” made its public debut before a crowd of 50,000 in Seoul. So he’s probably not going to be hurting for work, no matter how it’s received in North American markets.

Regardless, at least give Psy some credit for not completely resting on his last hit’s laurels. Because while the video for “Gentleman” revisits many of “Gangnam’s” elements, this is a different kind of parody track. Namely, Psy’s character is a more active–and more unsympathetic–figure this time around, as he trolls virtually everyone around him until meeting his match in Son Ga-In from Brown Eyed Girls. Even if it is a little off-putting at first: Psy’s willingness to make himself an anti-hero, if not an outright villain, is also interesting–the vision makes more sense after reading a translation of the lyrics from PolicyMic:

Hey there

If I’m going to introduce myself

I’m a cool guy with courage, spirit and craziness

What you wanna hear, what you wanna do is me

Damn! Girl! You so freakin sexy!

Yang also notes that the centerpiece dance move is taken from her group’s single, “Abracadabra.” But the question remains: What will “Gentleman” mean for K-pop’s collective commercial fortunes in America? If it gets Psy another hit, great. But will “Abracadabra” and BEG as a whole get more radio play out of it?

How many people are going to start screaming “WestSIIIDE” during the bridge and not the actual lyric, “Wet PSY”? AG

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Scandal Roundtable 3.18: “Molly, You in Danger, Girl”

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As we discovered last week, The Gladiators in Suits aren’t very good when it comes to their personal safety. With Huck and Olivia with head injuries and their hand in a witness death, next week will involve a lot of assessment. Before all the wound licking, join me, Jordan St. John, and my sister Loree Lamour for a deeper assessment of the episode.
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Watch: Our Own Andrea Plaid Talks Scandal With MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry

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If you missed her on Saturday, catch our Associate Editor Andrea Plaid talking about Scandal on MSNBC with Melissa Harris-Perry as part of an all-star “watch party” that delves into, among other topics, the imperfections of Olivia Pope and why they matter.

“For one hour, we’re allowed to walk into a world where there’s a woman who’s powerful and wonderful and amazing and yet has some very problematic things going on in her life,” Andrea explains.

Also on the panel:

  • Heather McGhee, vice-president of policy and outreach for Demos, a public policy group working toward social and economic equality
  • Janet Mock, author and founder of the #GirlsLikeUs project on Twitter
  • Joy-Ann Reid, managing editor of The Grio and a frequent contributor and guest-host for MSNBC

Congrats, Andrea!

P.S. If you need to catch up on last week’s episode, Joseph has your recap right here.