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Minority Korner 70: We See You Oscars... and We Need to Talk (Political and Commercials of the Oscars, Who Are Actually Winning Awards, Campbell Soup, Paula Abdul, Denzel Washington, Bill Paxton)

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Is it really Hooray for Hollywood in this episode of Minority Korner? Yes, James and Nnekay are celebrating the Oscars this week. But first, Why does James always default to the Jurrassic Park Theme? Was it a game changer?!Dive into James' experience filming Soup Meets Sandwich... and JUST how much James loves Campbell's Soup... whereas Nnekay just wants some of that sweet soup money. The duo ponder if starting late in a career is doable and grabs inspiration from Viola Davis, Morgan Freeman, and Julia Childs. ALSO who is this James Arthur singer chap trying to steal OUR James' steez, Nnekay wants to KNOW. We start things off with Nnekay's Korner, this week she's covering the various types of protest pins celebs were sporting, and some of the interesting political statements the commercials from New York Times, Audible, and GE made during the broadcast of the Oscars. In James' Korner he tackles if the oscars have truly moved on from #oscarssowhite. He also question the myth of the liberal media and if Hollywood's standards more open minded than what they portray themselves to be... hint... things aren't as rosy as we me all think. In honor of our new Tidbit Korner, here are some more tidbits from the episode: Bill Paxton, Kerry Washington, Moonlight, La La Land, Mc Scat Cat, Vera Wang and More! Enjoyyyyyyy!!!!!!!

Pop Rocket Bonus Episode 112: Oscars Special with Chris Schleicher

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This is a rush edition of Pop Rocket focusing on The Oscars. Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Karen Tongson and special guest Chris Schleicher waste no time in dishing on cinema's biggest night. They skip the "all abouts" and jams and get right to the WTF of it all--the best picture debacle, Casey Affleck and Brie Larson, bad hair, bad clapping and Hacksaw Ridge. Plus, we'll get to the bottom of why Margaret Wappler wants to be Taraji P. Henson's eyebrows when she grows up.

Guy Branum explains why he has a problem with standing ovations, and reveals a fact about director Ezra Edelman (OJ Made in America) that blew him away.
Margaret Wappler hearts Natalie Portman's performance in Jackie and, apparently, Taraji P. Henson's eyebrows.
Karen Tongson analyzes the ways Moonlight was successful in moving the lens away from gay white people.
And Chris Schleicher gets all Zapruder film in breaking down the Best Picture fiasco and gives us his theory about Faye Dunaway.

Dive in!

Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, and Chris Schleicher

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Other Links:
Viola Davis' acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress
Elaine Stritch's 2004 Emmy's speech

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Minority Korner 65: Round 2...FIGHT!: Star Wars Lady Wars (Rouge One, Coded Gay Characters, Books for Black Teens & You, Carrie Fisher, Black Authors Galore, Moonlight, TV Shows With Gay Characters)

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The gloves. Come. Off. It is our 2nd annual fight! And this might be the one that breaks the Korner (but probably not). Nnekay and James haven't disagreed this much since Tesla back in episode 5. Stripped from the cutting room floor it's all of our bonus segments from the past month that were cut for time, but woah is this some juicy material. First James tackles the coded gay characters in Rogue One, and calls out the film industry for it's lack of gay representation, and points out some TV shows are representing. But first there's a fight. Then Nnekay gives us another fabulous list of books every Black teenager (and/or human being) needs to read. It is an action packed episode! So hold on to your butts!

Minority Korner 56: Werk 2 Da Beat: Election Action Items, Protest Songs, Safety Pins, Moonlight, Marvel

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This week Nnekay and James are still trying to process the election... they're letting Pierce Brosnan guide the way. They deconstruct the Safety Pin Movement, and get into the lack of diversity still plaguing the movie industry. One movie making a big difference is Moonlight... which James HIGHLY recommends... he also recommends the Man Buffet that is New York City... and thus a new Nnekay penned song is born. In the Korners, James addresses the Election Action Items that we can do to make sure to prevent another event like this from happening again, inspired by Michael Moore's two day To Do List. Nnekay wants everyone to get pumped and ready for work by listening to protest songs that cross not only time periods, but also music genre. In the Quizlet Korner, We talk about Celebrity Twitter Election Reactions... Does Mariah know J.Lo, yet? We also have another hot and fresh ASkMK Anything segment! Enjoy!

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