Big Brother 22, Mocking the Handicapped and More Racism

House Guest Memphis Garrett, who just can’t deal with people dealing with Autism.

If you are not familiar, Big Brother is C.B.S.’ long running reality t.v. show. Contestants, called House guests compete for prizes, and the right to remain in a television set that resembles one large home. Each week, there are selection ceremonies where house guests vote each other out of the house until a winner is chosen. There is more to the idea of the show. The goal is to remain the last two people in the house and complete with that person to win half a million dollars. …

Awkward Political Commentary

Dave Chapelle the “acceptable” face of edgy Black Comedy

Dave Chappelle is funny. He is also a highly problematic comedian. His latest 34-minute set titled “8:46” showcased why: his limits. When it comes to addressing complex, painful difficult material, he was floundering with managing it well. The net result was a show devoid of humor and light on purpose.

Chappelle has always come across to me as the face of “The Edgy Black Comic” palatable to White U.S. audiences. His frequent use of the notorious “N” word has become his equivalent of a comedy “crutch.” Its frequent use makes his act look shop worn. …

A cautionary tale about women in the political world

Hillary Clinton has been, and continues to be, one of the most polarizing political figures in American politics. Only President Donald Trump comes close to eliciting the same divisiveness, although for vastly different reasons.

Clinton is ostensible the subject of this documentary, but the real subject is women in politics and the landmines they must traverse on their way to power. The documentary does touch upon the basics of Clinton’s career, but there are few real insights or revelations that bring you any closer to understanding Hillary Clinton the person. You…

Forward

Cooning, behaving in a Black negative stereotypical manner for White Audiences usually for some personal social or economic gain.

February is Black History Month. It is a time to examine the artistic, intellectual and cultural contributions of African-Americans. This month I wanted to examine an issue that for me is one that strikes at the heart of Black Identity and Black Pride itself.

I recall my Grandfather, who gave me my first lecture opportunity at 12. It was recounting what my trip to Ghana meant to me, and its significance. My Grandfather taught a High School night class. The subject was Black History. I remember reading some of those books that recounted names like Juan Caballo. …

The Irishman 2019 Director: Martin Scorsese

A Masterful Epic about Organized Crime

Organized crime has always held a fascination. It is a mysterious world where power is exerted in the most direct manner possible, and life or death swings in the balance. In Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” we are given a glimpse inside this world of families, honor and murder.

Based on the book “I heard you paint Houses: Frank (The Irishman) Sheeran and the Closing of the Case on Jimmy Hoffa, by author Charles Brandt, the film recounts the relationship between Sheeran, Jimmy Hoffa and Russell Bufalino.

Scholars, experts and the like have taken issue…

NETFLIX True Crime Series

A journey that raises questions, but not always clear cut answers.

If you like true crime, this documentary has it all.

Rating: This is Must see television.

Aaron Hernandez is an enigma wrapped in a mystery. The high-profile story of a successful N.F.L. player embroiled in not one, but two, murder cases captured the attention of the media and the imagination of the public. It is the arc of his short life that becomes the core of Netflix true crime three-part series, “The Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez.”

Where this documentary succeeds is in revealing the details of Hernandez’ life that were missed in the…

Get ready for a Moving Ride

A moving Bio Pic that tells the story of the late Star’s last few months.

Judy Garland was an enormously gifted talent, and even this maybe an enormous understatement. Of all of the Stars of her era, she is the one rare few that still burns as brightly. If you want an idea of what made her special seeing her version of “A Star is Born,” illustrates what set her apart from her peers.

To even portray someone this overwhelmingly talented is a herculean feat. Fortunately for us, Renée Zellweger gives it her all. She literally disappears into the role. …

There were a lot of missing pieces to Big Brother 21, and C.B.S. had to address fan compliants

Since its inception, I have watched every season of the CBS reality show, Big Brother. If you are not familiar with the concept of the series, it is elegant in its simplicity. Roughly about a dozen or so people are selected to live for several months in a house like setting. Totally cut off from the outside world, no internet, smartphones or televisions are allowed. During their confinement, participants, who are referred to as “house guests,” must vote each other out of the house. …

The Face of Contemporary American Aristocracy?

The 2008 financial crisis was the worst since the infamous Great Depression of 1929, the one that ended both fortunes and lives. Florida billionaires David and Jackie Siegel found themselves impacted by the most recent as they began construction on their massive 90,000 square foot home. If completed, it would be the largest private residence in the United States. It is titled, appropriately enough, “ Versailles.” The ironies in this tale are just beginning.

Documentarian Lauren Greenfield was given free access to chronicle the lives of the Siegel’s at the apex of their wealth. She incidentally caught them at the…

Dave Chappelle’s Stand Up Special on Netflix

Dave Chappelle, still on the edge, and still controversial.

Dave Chappelle still occupies the upper echelon of contemporary comics. Sticks & Stones, his latest comic special on Netflix, works as a condensed, even tight, presentation of what he does best. It also shows his comic weakness.

“Edginess” the willingness to take risks and avoid playing it safe, has been the barometer of humor for decades. The days of the non-controversial humor have been over, unless you aim to be a third or fifth rate comic. The problematic political correctness of the present has presented significant road blocks for comics in particular. There…

Kurt von Behrmann

Artist and Writer in Phoenix, AZ

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