"Fresh Off the Boat": Why I Understand Eddie Huang's Angst

Author’s note: I discuss Bill Cosby’s characters in I, Spy and The Cosby Show in this article. Please note that me discussing the characters is not an endorsement of Bill Cosby himself. In light of the sexual assault and rape accusations against him, I can’t support him. Now that these allegations have come out, one of the frustrating aspects of Cosby’s acting life is that he’s become so institutionalized in our society and with what he has done for black actors in Hollywood with these groundbreaking shows. This article is separating the achievements from the man himself in order to fully address aspects of the history of black Hollywood.

Just like in my article about manhood and Asian-black relations, Emery speaks some truth that coincides with some of the show’s larger off-script themes. The quote I’m using this time is from “Very Superstitious,” in which he tells Eddie, “You’ve got an everyman’s husky build, and a middle-class background so everyone can relate to you.”

The “husky build” part doesn’t apply to this post, but the “middle-class background/relate to” part ties in directly into what I’m about to discuss, which is the real Eddie Huang’s upset over Fresh Off the Boat

"Fresh Off the Boat" recap: "Very Superstitious"

Fresh Off The Boat‘s latest episode, “Very Superstitious,” was also very funny. But the show has made headlines for another reason outside of this being one of the funniest episodes yet. The real Eddie Huang has been tweeting about his displeasure with the show, and I’ll get to that bit of news and my (unsolicited) opinions later on in another post, since I actually have a lot of historical TV stuff to bring into the equation. But first, the recap!

"Furious 7" Audience Mostly Non-White, Will Affect Future Casting Calls

It would seem that the diversity renaissance happening on TV has finally made its way to the movies. I say “finally” even though we’ve had tons of black films come out in recent years. But black films doesn’t mean all of diversity is shown, right? However, with the audience results for Furious 7, a film with a multicultural cast, films with truly diverse casts are on the verge of becoming not just a norm, but a prerequisite if studios want to see their film do well at the box office.

Exclusive Interview: Mara Marini Talks Guest Role on "Black-ish"

Tonight’s black-ish will welcome guest star Mara Marini to the party. You might remember her from her guest starring role on Parks and Recreation, and the bubbly actress has brought even more laughs and fun to the already-fun black-ish set.

I was excited to speak with Marini about her time in acting, working with some comedy greats and what’s next for her in her very busy life.

black-ish airs every Wednesday at 9:30/8:30 c on ABC. 

Exclusive Interview: Edy Ganem ("Ana Maria in Novela Land")

Ana Maria in Novela Land could be thought of as Lost in Austen meets the telenovela. A woman becomes a part of her favorite telenovela and realizes more about herself in the process. Edy Ganem plays the lead roles of the telenovela fan, Ana Maria, and the show’s star character Ariana Tomosa, and I was excited to be able to learn more about the roles from her. In an email interview, she explains more about the film, her opinions on the rise of the telenovela in American pop culture, and her favorite telenovela.

Ana Maria in Novela Land is now available on VOD. 

Queer Coded: Shang (Disney's "Mulan")

Tuesday, I said I had a lot of questions about the live-action version of Mulan that’s coming to theaters. One of my questions relates to characterization. Specifically how sexuality will be dealt with. Why? Because Shang’s supposed to fall in love with Mulan, right? But will Shang fall in love with Mulan as a girl or as a boy? To me, he begins to have feeling for her as Ping. Don’t agree? Listen to me for a second.