Archives for category: Things I like

Reckless Tortuga is a crew of hilariously funny filmmakers, producers and actors who make some of the best anti-racism material online right now. A breath of fresh air form the usual victim stories of racism, that are though very valid and poignant, often do not leave the viewer with a sense of what the problem is, and where it stems. Through simple story-lines, they get there point across, in a funny way that all non-white people can relate to. The language is sometimes harsh and to the point, and that’s what the videos do. They get to the heart of everyday racism in North America and the frustration that minorities feel when they encounter these seemingly innocent acts.

Racism in America – Episode One looks at the racist stereotypes in a job interview, where Marcus played by Eric Pumphrey is a Black man plays the interviewee going to a regular ol’ racist company, where the receptionist asks that all time favourite question of visible minorities, What are you?

Enjoy, a great watch during Black History Month, and during any of the longer months of the year.


Okay, so 2 This American Life blog posts in such a short period of time? I am going to look like I have a one track mind. But, I rewatched this poignant and well crafted animation that introduced a TAL television show episode in the first season. Signature animator for TAL, and frequent contributor to The New Yorker, in fact he did one of the NYer anniversary issue covers. (but my one of all time favourite covers (and comic), the gorgeously eerie Halloween 2009 issue of the ghoulish parents trick-o-treating with their iPhones.)  I love this little video, again, like the New Yorker cover, a spooky tinge to the simple, childlike design of the characters.  Check it out.

I blogged on the Work For All site about hip hop artists, Black Union, who from Nova Scotia, where I was born and raised. The treatment and displacement of the Black community in Africville in Halifax is a despicable part of our history, and this video/song captures the essence of systemic racism and injustice. Directed by Cazhmere a talented local music video director, who seems to make creative videos that keep it real to the Halifax rap scene. Big respect to this director and the artists he works with.