Race, Casting and Story

by Dan Whisker The comedian Athena Kugblenu recently delivered a comedic routine addressing the implausibility of Idris Elba’s black James Bond (black James Bond is inevitably in the long, slow passport queue at Moscow airport; local law enforcement agencies the world over vigorously object to a heavily armed black man in their jurisdictions). Of course,… Read More

What Makes the Quintessential Englishman?

by Shane Thomas A Scotsman, a Welshman, and an Irishman walk into a casting call. No, it’s not the start of a joke, but a roundabout allusion to James Bond. The latest 007 adventure, Spectre, has hit our cinemas, no doubt to make a shedload of money[1], but a sidebar from the media circus around… Read More

Black Bonds, Annie and OITNB: How Film and TV Representation limits, liberates, and moulds PoC

by Otamere Guobadia   In the wake of the Sony Leaks and the Annie reboot starring Quvenzhané Wallis, the Black Bond debate and questions of representation have received renewed interest. A Sony executive expressed the desire that the phenomenal Idris Elba, the Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated black actor known for his nuanced and brilliant performances,… Read More