How Feel-Good Show “The Facts of Life” Tackled a KKK Problem, 35 Years Before Summer 2017

first published on MEDIUM, October 3, 2017, LINK The Facts of Life, similar to a lot of 1980s television, conjures warm-hearted memories of adolescent shenanigans and those same characters learning life lessons after an impassioned sit-down with an elder. Unlike a lot of sitcoms of the decade, The Facts of Life’s cast was pre-teen and teen girls, who were guided by affable matriarch Mrs. Edna Garrett (played … Continue reading How Feel-Good Show “The Facts of Life” Tackled a KKK Problem, 35 Years Before Summer 2017

The Bad Boys of Baltimore: 35 Years Later, Ten Quotes from “Diner”

THE LAVISH REBELLION DINER SERIES by C. Shardae Jobson In 1982, Barry Levinson‘s Diner, the first installment of his “Baltimore Films” was released in movie theaters. The quintet of young male actors cast for the film was the original Outsiders as far as most of them would go on to star in bigger, notable work of the 1980s and ’90s. Yes, that is Kevin Bacon‘s impish … Continue reading The Bad Boys of Baltimore: 35 Years Later, Ten Quotes from “Diner”

The Whitney Museum’s “Fast Forward” To ’80s Paintings Was Nostalgia For The Underground Soul

by C.S. Jobson When you think of art, as in paintings, sculptures, and illustrations, from the 1980s, three names come to mind for the general public: Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring. Warhol continued to create artwork for clients and celebrities, including the cover of Diana Ross‘ 1982 album Silk Electric but had delved further into becoming a media and TV personality. He headlined two … Continue reading The Whitney Museum’s “Fast Forward” To ’80s Paintings Was Nostalgia For The Underground Soul