Author: Jelani Greenidge

Rebuilding a Relationship with Emotion

In a recent episode of the NPR podcast Hidden Brain, host Shankar Vedantam dug into a phenomenon called “information aversion.” Also known as “the ostrich effect,” it refers to the tendency of people to avoid receiving information if they think…

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Breaking Bread with The Leftovers

On the advice from a friend, I recently watched the critically-acclaimed HBO series, The Leftovers.   And by “I watched,” I mean this:   I watched the pilot, got really excited, watched another two or three episodes, got my wife…

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The Defenders and Law Enforcement

Following in the footsteps of its older, more popular sibling series, Marvel bills The Defenders as Netflix’s prestigious streaming TV alternative to The Avengers.   The Defenders are Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, a blind attorney with supernaturally-heightened senses and martial…

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For the Limits of the Law, Better Call Saul

Three seasons in, most of the cynicism has faded from the response to AMC’s most prestigious and highly-rated television series, Better Call Saul.   As a spinoff of — and prequel to — the immensely popular Breaking Bad, Better Call…

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I’m Here for That

Right now, my favorite song is probably “Here,” by Sho Baraka. Besides having a bright, expressive piano chord progression, the song has an infectious hook that doubles as a liturgical affirmation:   Love over hate, love over hate – I’m…

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In the Call for Justice, We Can Be Watch Dogs 2

Playing the open-world hacker game Watch Dogs 2 is an odd experience.   Not that I haven’t enjoyed it. On the contrary, I love, love, love playing this game. It’s my kind of game: an open-world title set in a…

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The Need for Community Can Be a “Rogue One”

So there’s no getting around it. If you haven’t yet seen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, bookmark this piece and stop now, because it is FULL OF SPOILERS.   But I’m guessing you’ve already seen it, not just because…

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Black Mirror Shows Us Who We Really Are

For the first time in a long time, I feel like I found a TV show deserving of a new genre description. The show is BBC hit (and recent Netflix transplant) Black Mirror, and I call it exaggerated surreality.    Black…

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Atlanta is Not About You, and That’s Okay

“The dance that you’re doing is dumb… how they do it where you from?” — Missy Elliot, “WTF (Where They From)”     In 2013, Donald Glover left NBC’s beloved cult classic sitcom Community, because after five seasons of playing…

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If the Revolution is Televised

How does our thirst for revolution change when we see it on-screen? A journey into the theology of Mr. Robot.   The poet Gil Scott-Heron, an icon of the late ’60s and early ‘70s Black empowerment movement, turned a popular…

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