Media tagged Race & Ethnicity

Do The Right Thing "Race Off" (EXPLICIT)

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Do The Right Thing is a highly controversial 1989 film, written and directed by Spike Lee, about a Brooklyn neighborhood gripped by racial tension. In this scene, two of the film's main characters, Pino and Mookie have a candid conversation about race and racism. Mookie points out Pino's hypocrisy: he is racist, but many of his heroes happen to be African-Americcan. As their conversation gets heated, the director takes the audience outside of the scene in the pizza parlor and outside of the story by inserting a series of characters--all different races--yelling racial stereotypes and epithets directly into the camera. The scene ends when the local DJ calls for everyone to take a time out.

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Do The Right Thing -- Wall of Shame (EXPLICIT)

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Do The Right Thing is a highly controversial 1989 film, written and directed by Spike Lee, about a Brooklyn neighborhood gripped by racial tension. In this scene, a young black man and his friends demand that Sal, the Italian-American proprietor of Famous Pizza, add some black celebrities to his restaurant’s wall, which operates in a mostly black neighborhood. Things quickly escalate to the point of violence.

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Dove-Invisible Care

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This Dove ad shows a before and after up-close of skin. The “before” looks dry and flaky, while the “after” looks healthy and moisturized. Standing in front of the “before” is a black woman, in front of the “after” is a white woman, and in between the two is a woman of a more ambiguous racial identity The ad came under scrutiny for the seemingly premeditated placement of the models by skin color, although Dove asserted that this was completely unintentional.

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Down For Life

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Down for Life is a 2010 feature film directed by Alan Jacobs. The film follows Rascal, a Latina high school student enmeshed in Los Angeles gang life. The central conflict in the story concerns Rascal's future. As a gifted writer, Rascal has opportunities to leave Los Angeles but her neighborhood friends are pressuring her to stay. In the trailer, we see clips of Rascal in fights, being pursued by police, being chastised by her teachers not to squander her opportunities, and being threatened by fellow gang members not to leave. The connection to earlier films about young people of color struggling through poverty are made clear by titles that read, "A cross between Precious...and Boyz in the Hood." Rascal and her friends use the phrase "down for life" in multiple different contexts throughout the trailer: to affirm their friendships, the commitment to the gang, their lives in the neighborhood, and an inflexible set of values.

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East Los High trailer

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This series trailer is for East Los High, a teen drama that premiered in 2013 about a group of Latino American youth growing up in East Los Angeles, CA. The show is available for streaming exclusively on Hulu, an American online television and media streaming company, and is the first Hulu show to feature an all Latino cast. The trailer gives a sense of what themes the series will address, including the dramas of high school relationships, family, love, sex, betrayal, revenge, work, violence, dancing, teen pregnancy, and the role of digital culture in teen life, all from the perspective of Latino American teenagers in LA.

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