Javier David

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On Friday morning at the gym (a unique ecosystem that often forces you to watch things on television you otherwise wouldn’t), I happened to catch a glimpse of a reality television show called “Thicker Than Water” that focuses on...
Pity Ridley Scott. The celebrated director at the helm of Exodus: Gods and Kings has, by dint of semi-glowing early reviews, created a magisterial swords and sandals epic based on the biblical story of the great prophet Moses, who...
Has nothing been learned since April 29, 1992? That was the date in which mayhem erupted in Los Angeles after a jury exonerated four police officers for beating Rodney King during a traffic stop. The memory of incident also hangs...
Of the innumerable creatures in the animal kingdom, turtles are perhaps one of the most fascinating. Their shells provide shelter and comfort and obviously a measure of protection from external threats. Whenever things on the outside get messy, something you’re...
On a scale of 1 to 10, how high (or low) would you rate Justin Bieber's street credibility? It's an odd but pertinent question, given the singer's meteoric rise to fame, his associates in urban music and sports (which, oddly...
How exactly does one define being black in America? That's the cultural question that is nearly as old as The Middle Passage and the Civil Rights era themselves. Despite the real and measurable accomplishments of the group to whom this query...
OPINION - 'Xscape' may carry the baggage of having arrived too late to capitalize on the surprisingly booming business of being Michael Jackson, which in many ways has proven more lucrative in death than in life...
OPINION - The music industry is in the throes of wrenching change, and virtually everyone recognizes this. So is Wu Tang’s strategy materially different, or even objectionable?...
OPINION - If recent press reports are to be believed, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan may very well be the droids we’re looking for...
OPINION - For a variety of factors, slave-themed movies are becoming more commonplace, which is an overwhelmingly positive development...
OPINION - Blacks distaste for the Confederate flag may be palpable, but it has not prevented anyone exercising their First Amendment right to display the symbol...
OPINION - So how exactly did Kevin Hart get here? And perhaps the more pivotal question revolves around whether his near-miraculous lucky streak can keep going?...
OPINION - In principle, an award ceremony more stilted toward fan favorites and genuine talent is a good idea, but the execution would be hindered by some obvious drawbacks...
OPINION - A Cosby revival would be nice, yet the deck appears stacked against him...
OPINION - The family’s maladroit handling of his legacy is counterproductive to artistic efforts to bring a fuller understanding of his life to the big screen...
OPINION - Nowadays, nothing quite brings out the most insufferable qualities in human nature than a fantasy movie with an ardent fan base...
OPINION - If scattered reports are to be believed, rising star Michael B. Jordan –- not to be confused with the basketball legend whose name he shares — is set to inhabit the role of Johnny Storm, better known as the Human Torch...
OPINION - In the midst of an otherwise absurdly busy news week, culture watchers were treated to a rather puzzling news flash: apparently, black female comics aren’t ready for prime time...
OPINION - The endless controversies over black movies have gotten to the point where movies won’t get made, or won’t get their due, simply because certain people can’t tolerate anything other than their own narrow interests...
OPINION - However improbably, two of the week's biggest stories – the self-inflicted travails of Paula Deen and the trial of George Zimmerman – are connected by a relentlessly troublesome word...